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Jerry Sloan retires from Utah Jazz, players remember his signature John Deere hat, true grit

Posted by Green Fun Store on 2/14/2011 to Current News/Events of John Deere
Jerry Sloan, one of the most famous and successful coaches in the history of the NBA, recently resigned from the Utah Jazz. Players he coached told the Dallas Morning News that he was a tough guy and they will always remember him for his signature John Deere hat that he wore to almost every practice.

DeShawn Stevenson, who now plays for the Dallas Mavericks, said that Sloan "had one style and it was hard." Sloan, he affirms, was tough like the John Deere apparel he so frequently wore to practices and on his days off; after 23 years of coaching, however, Sloan said he was simply too tired to continue coaching.

Rick Carlisle, the current coach of the Dallas Mavericks, said that Sloan's coaching style had inspired him to become a more competent coach who makes quick adjustments during games - characteristics Sloan is famed for. "The guy has stood for everything that's right about our league for such a long period of time," Carlisle said. "I've been studying his team for over 22 years, and he has been a master of adjusting to the way the game has changed, the way his personnel has changed … his contributions to coaching and coaches have been gigantic."