Former Jazz player offers his take on Jerry Sloan's resignation...
Kris Humphries is now best known for the Kardashian social circle he travels in but once upon a time, he was a young Utah Jazz player trying to figure out how to satisfy the demands of his first professional head coach, Jerry Sloan.
Humphries, who has previously talked about how much he appreciated Sloan's approach after the fact, laments the way the coach left the franchise to WFAN radio in New York:
"After a total of 26 years with the Jazz, it would've been great to see him go out the right way.
They've kind of stuck with him and he's stuck with them for so long, you'd like to see him at the end of the year kind of do it the right way.
I don't know exactly what went on, I think only Jerry and the guys who are on that team know that but it's one of those things where you'd like to see it finish the right way.
But I'm sure next season, early on, they'll honor him. Put him up there with the statue of Karl (Malone) and John Stockton. They'll throw him in there, pointing or something. Doing one of his sideline poses."
As the milestones began to pile up in recent years, it seemed to be a very unpleasant experience for him. I remember specific instances as he continued his march up the all-time victory chart where Avery Johnson had to sprint across the court and almost into the tunnel to congratulate him after a victory and Larry Miller presenting him a commemorative basketball before a game with Sloan looking to turn and bolt back out of the spotlight as soon as the owner handed it to him.
You could tell it was never out of a lack of appreciation but more of a sense that his influence was being overemphasized and that unless it was the Larry O'Brien trophy, what's the point?
He never got to hold the trophy thanks to Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan but if there's anything positive to come out of his retirement, perhaps Sloan will now be able to enjoy some of his accomplishments now that the journey is over.