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Deron speaks day after Sloan's resignation

By Jeremiah Jensen | Posted - Feb. 11, 2011 at 12:26 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY - Several sports outlets and NBA insiders are citing sources that a clash between Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams led to Sloan's sudden departure.

While both Williams and Jazz management have adamantly denied that Williams had anything to do with Sloan's resignation, there have been some recent signs of friction between the pair.

Deron had a chance to respond to those reports this morning after the team shootaround.

"I can't stop the speculation," Williams said. "It is what it is. I prayed about it. God knows what happened. That is really the only one I care about. Everybody in the locker room knows what happened."

Williams and Sloan were engaged in a heated argument during halftime of Wednesday's loss to the Chicago Bulls. Sloan delayed his postgame press conference by over 30 minutes.

"We had an argument. We've had them before," Williams told the media. "Am I the reason coach resigned? I highly doubt that. Never once did I say it's me or him. That never happened. I haven't even had a meeting with any of our management this year. Where all this stuff is coming from, I have no clue."

So, is Deron the reason Sloan resigned? Are NBA insiders telling the truth, or are they all just rumors?

"It is not a funny situation at all," Deron responded when asked if he was the cause of Sloan's departure. "We lost our coach. I think its funny all of the stuff that is out there. I can't control that, nor do I care."

As yesterday marked the end of an era with the resignation of Jerry Sloan, a new era begins with Tyrone Corbin leading the Jazz. Corbin has been an assistant coach for Utah the last seven years.

The Jazz will move on and try to end a three game losing streak tonight when they host the Phoenix Suns at 8:30 on national TV (ESPN).

E-mail: jjensen@ksl.com

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