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Sloan's career, quotes remembered online

By KSL.com | Posted - Feb. 11, 2011 at 8:19 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The announcement of Jerry Sloan's resignation as head coach of the Utah Jazz sent shockwaves through Utah and the nationwide sports community. Friday morning people are still buzzing about one of the longest coaching legacies in professional sports that has come to an end.

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Sloan is being remembered online. On Twitter Friday morning, onetwocombo wrote, "Sad 2 c Jerry Sloan retire! It'll look weird seeing somebody else walking the sidelines!"

Within moments of the news breaking Thursday, the ksl.com website registered more than 300,000 hits. And as Sloan emotionally announced his departure, a huge audience watched it live online.

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Ksl.com News Director Graydon Johns said, "Almost 50,000 people tuned in to watch our live stream of it. At one time, the most on was about 13,000."

The Deseret News compiled what it calls the Top 14 Sloanisms, quotes by Jerry Sloan, to honor the retired coach. Here are the top 10:

# 10 - "A lot easier playing this than playing bingo"
Said at the 2010 Jazz training camp to Utah Jazz hopefuls.

# 9 - "Heart is what makes a difference"
A typical Sloan pick-me-up with the kicker coming in when he related the above quote to the other team: "These guys over there want to make the playoffs more than we do."

# 8 - "The most important thing in sports is to keep trying"
Sloan after his team defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals to advance to the 1997 NBA Finals.

# 7 - "You can't jackpot around"
Said to Fesenko, who was blasted by coach Sloan for "just going through the motions." Sloan said he needed to "learn to compete" after an Oct. 2009 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

# 6 - "18 years... Even in a marriage, that's a long time.
Sloan 2002, speaking of his relationship with Karl Malone.

# 5 - "Playing in tuxedos"
"Basically what we've been doing is playing in tuxedos." Said in 1997 after 13 straight wins. Sloan was worried about how the Jazz would respond to a good team after having things fairly easy.

# 4 - "I haven't been nasty enough"
Sloan said after a 113-100 loss at the start of a first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.

# 3 - "Get your ice picks out"
Said after a 2004 loss against Portland, setting the Jazz to two games under .500 for the first time that season, and marking their fourth loss in a row.

# 2 - "That'll get you a toothpick and a glass of water"
Said Nov. 2010 after pulling off three straight wins against the Clippers, Heat and Magic while trailing by 10 points or more at halftime. A feat no one had done since 1954.

# 1 - "We can't put diapers on him one night, and a jockstrap the next"
Said by Sloan about C.J. Miles, age 19 then, right after a less than ideal performance in his second season.

Sloan never lost sight of the fact it was his job to win.

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Story written with contributions from Andrew Adams and Logan Dunn .

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