Said Corbin: “Jerry and I talk often. I love hearing his input … about what’s going on. He’s an honest guy and I appreciate that. He won’t sugar-coat things when they shouldn’t be sugar-coated.”
Sloan, in turn, “has a lot of respect” for Corbin.
“It’s a tough situation,” Sloan said. “He’s got young players and he’s got players not under contract [next year]. But he has them playing hard. People think that’s easy and it’s not.”
He coached the Jazz to 1,127 regular-season victories and guided Utah to the Western Conference finals or beyond five times in the seven-year stretch between 1992-98.
Sloan was never the NBA coach of the year — not that he’s bothered by the injustice.
“I just think there’s a lot more to basketball than individual awards,” he said. “… You watch one-on-one tournaments and they’re pretty boring. The game is a lot more exciting when you have five guys out there.”
Reporter Aaron Falk contributed to this story.« Previous Page