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REPORT: Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan To Resign

Reports are running rampant all over the web that Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, the longest tenured coach in the NBA – and perhaps all of sports – will resign from the team.

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There had been reports yesterday that Sloan had signed a 1-year extension with the team, but GM Kevin O’Connor and Sloan reportedly went at it behind closed doors last night after the Jazz lost, this according to the Salt Lake Tribune:

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Sloan spent more than 30 minutes behind closed doors before finally speaking with the media. He was clearly disturbed during the initial portion of his postgame interview, and quickly answered two questions about his meeting with O’Connor before saying that he would only discuss game-related queries and then trailing off in mid-sentence.

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During and following the conversation involving Sloan and O’Connor, a practice scheduled for Thursday morning was abruptly canceled, forward Andrei Kirilenko emerged from the coaches’ room and not the locker room, and multiple players acknowledged that there was a weird vibe after the game. Meanwhile, Sloan vaguely hinted that an update would be provided in the future about his discussion involving O’Connor, while a request for an interview with O’Connor was quickly denied.

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It was, of course, O"Connor and the Jazz that took advantage of the Cavaliers in the Carlos Boozer fiasco.

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