The Harder You Work, The Harder It Is To Surrender

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Utah Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan announced his resignation this afternoon. Sloan has been a fixture on the Jazz sideline for the past 23 seasons and was easily the longest-tenured coach in the league. He was the only coach in NBA history to win more than 1,00o games with a single team.

There will be many wonderfully written pieces reacapping Sloan’s career over the next few days. I know that I don’t have much to add in the eloquence department, but I wanted to recognize Sloan’s departure in my own way: by putting together a whole bunch of numbers. I have opted to use numbers of great size not sophistication to get the point across. Below is a list of some statistics which cover Sloan’s 23 seasons in the NBA.

Games Played by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 2,226

Wins by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 1,138

Playoff Wins by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 96

Points Scored by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 183,770

Rebounds by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 75,859

Assists by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 46,163

Minutes Played by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 440,940

Baskets Made by the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 68,500

Players who played for the Utah Jazz under Jerry Sloan: 133

It’s sad to see Sloan leave and it’s sad to see him leave under less than ideal circumstances. He might not care in the slightest, but he’ll be missed greatly and not just in Utah. Jerry, I hope your retirement is long and relaxing. You’ve certainly earned it.

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