Jerry Sloan will have none of it, thank you very much.
Jerry Sloan celebrated his 20th anniversary as Utah’s coach last night. (Mehmet Okur hit a runner with 1.7 seconds left to give the Jazz a 99-96 victory in Minnesota.*) Did you know there have been 223 coaching changes in the NBA since Sloan started coaching on December 7, 1988? And that while Del Harris, Larry Bird, Mike Dunleavy, Doc Rivers and Sam Mitchell (Sam Mitchell!) have all been named Coach of the Year since then, Sloan has never been, not once?
ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande has an appreciation here.
* = Morris Almond had 4 points in 13 minutes off the bench.