Hate,in truth, meaning love.
He broke my heart. It's not fair what he did to us, the fans, quitting abruptly unannounced like that. I've been following the Jazz for over 15 years. I've been a faithful fan and for him to quit on me like that was uncalled for. There are emotions and memories associated. He didn't give us, the fans, a chance to bid him a proper farewell. How cruel! I wanted to thank him and express how much he has meant to me. Leaving like that, it feels like a part of my heart has been ripped out.
It hurt to see the once immovable man stubborn as a rock to display tenderness with teary eyes during the press conference. It hurt to see the old man be emotional. He became soft with age, not being able to tell his star player to shut up and sit down. D.Will became too big, with the ridiculous money players make and all the attention they get from the media, he put the pressure on the old Sloan. The greatest point guard ever, John Stockton, would have never undermined his coach in any manner even if he was the greatest. That is no way to treat an old man. Show respect, he's lead his team to two NBA finals. Show respect.
I was hoping in my heart that he'd get the COY award anytime soon. It was his turn, long long over due. It wasn't fair that he never got it, ever once. Whomever decides the award, the journalist or whomever votes, ripped him off. One of the greatest coaches of all time and never a single COY award? He deserved it several times over.
Sloan represented one of the last of Old School. Another Old Schooler has left, and I'm heartbroken. I have such fond memories of the good old times.
I'll miss you coach Sloan. You were one of the greatest and thank you for all that you've done for the team and the fans.