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SALT LAKE CITY - Eleven days ago life for Jazz fans changed forever. A collision of wills and generations set in motion a series of events that we will never forget.
Nearly two weeks ago, any thought that Jerry Sloan would ever walkout of his job in mid-season would have been beyond preposterous. What made that crazy idea even more remote, he had just agreed to a contract extension for next season. But then, the unthinkable became reality. To watch Tom Kirkland take an in-depth look at the events surrounding Jerry Sloan's resignation, click on the video segment "Sloan's resignation" above.
Jerry Sloan accomplished so much in his 46 years in the NBA as both a player and a coach. His accomplishments earned him a spot in the basketball Hall of Fame. But there was one important achievement that eluded him - an NBA title. He came awfully close to reaching that goal with the Jazz back in 1997 and 1998, leading them to the NBA Finals before eventually falling to perhaps the greatest player to ever play in the NBA, Michael Jordan. Jeremiah Jensen takes an in-depth look at Sloan's elusive NBA Title chase. To watch his report, click on the video segment "Title chase" above.
Toughest battle of life
Competing on the court was easy for Sloan, but when it came to his wife Bobbye's battle with cancer, it was the toughest fight of their lives. Over his 26 years as an assistant and head coach for the Jazz, Jerry Sloan had a lot of support. From players, to assistants and to team management. But most of all, he had the unwavering support from his high school sweetheart.
Throughout his playing days, from high school to the NBA, as well as nearly two dozen years in coaching, Bobbye was right by Jerry's side. She was there through the good and the bad. But in 1997, the roles reversed, as Jerry helped Bobbye through what would be her first battle with cancer. Kathy Aiken takes a look at Sloan's relationship with Bobbye. To watch this special report, click on the video segment "Toughest battle of life" above.
Owning the locker room
Among many priceless Jerry Sloan slogans is him "getting sideways" with someone. Jerry had confrontations with players throughout his career in the NBA. We took a look back at some of his most memorable confrontations. To watch this compilation, click on the video segment "Owning the locker room" above.
Sloan's resignation and the behind the scenes drama sent ripples throughout the nation. Our Rod Zundel was at NBA All-Star Weekend asking NBA players and coaches what Jerry Sloan meant to them and to the league. To watch his report, click on the video segment "NBA perspective" above.