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H.C.R. 17






Chief Sponsor: Paul Ray

Senate Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes and honors
             11      former Utah Jazz Basketball Coach Jerry Sloan and Assistant Coach Phil Johnson.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    recognizes and honors the success and accomplishments of Coach Jerry Sloan and
             15      Assistant Coach Phil Johnson as they have coached the Utah Jazz for nearly a
             16      quarter of a century; and
             17          .    recognizes the coaches for the honor and prestige they have brought to the state of
             18      Utah.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
             22      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             23          WHEREAS, Utah Jazz Basketball Coach Jerry Sloan and Assistant Coach Phil Johnson
             24      have announced their retirement from coaching;
             25          WHEREAS, from 1963-65, Jerry Sloan played three seasons at the University of
             26      Evansville after transferring from the University of Illinois;
             27          WHEREAS, in 1964 and 1965, Sloan led Evansville to consecutive Division II national

             28      championships and was named the outstanding player of the tournament both years;
             29          WHEREAS, in 1965, Sloan averaged 17.6 points and 14.7 rebounds as a senior, was
             30      named a second-team All-American, and set the NCAA championship game record for
             31      rebounds with 25;
             32          WHEREAS, that same year, Sloan was the eighth overall pick in the draft by the NBA's
             33      Baltimore Bullets, and a year later was selected by Chicago in the NBA expansion draft;
             34          WHEREAS, from 1966-76, Sloan played 10 seasons in Chicago and became known as
             35      the "Original Bull";
             36          WHEREAS, in 1967, Sloan recorded the first of two career triple-doubles with 22
             37      points, 16 rebounds, and 13 assists in a game against Philadelphia, and in 1969, he scored a
             38      career-high 43 points against Milwaukee and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds against the
             39      L.A. Lakers;
             40          WHEREAS, in 1976, Sloan retired from professional basketball because of injury as a
             41      two-time NBA All-Star and four-time member of the All-Defensive first team;
             42          WHEREAS, in 1978, Sloan became the first player in Chicago Bulls' history to have his
             43      jersey, number 4, retired;
             44          WHEREAS, in 1979, Sloan was named the head coach of the Chicago Bulls;
             45          WHEREAS, in 1984, Sloan replaced Phil Johnson as an assistant coach on Frank
             46      Layden's Utah Jazz coaching staff, and in 1988 he succeeded Layden as Utah's head coach;
             47          WHEREAS, Phil Johnson played at Utah State, and at age 27 became head coach at
             48      Weber State in 1968;
             49          WHEREAS, in three years at Weber State, Coach Johnson compiled a 68-16 record,
             50      with three consecutive NCAA appearances in three seasons;
             51          WHEREAS, Johnson then accepted a job as assistant coach with Dick Motta's Chicago
             52      Bulls from 1971-74, helping to coach Jerry Sloan who was actively playing with the Bulls at
             53      that time;
             54          WHEREAS, Johnson became head coach at Kansas City in 1973 and was named the
             55      NBA's Coach of the Year for the 1974-75 season;
             56          WHEREAS, Johnson joined Jerry Sloan as an assistant coach at Chicago in 1979, and it
             57      was then that the two began their close relationship;
             58          WHEREAS, three years later Johnson was hired by the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach

             59      to Frank Layden and was replaced by Sloan when Johnson took the head coaching job in
             60      Sacramento;
             61          WHEREAS, Johnson rejoined the Jazz under Coach Sloan in 1988;
             62          WHEREAS, Sloan guided the Jazz to back-to-back appearances in the 1997 and 1998
             63      NBA finals;
             64          WHEREAS, in 2004, Sloan was selected as the Sporting News' Coach of the Year;
             65          WHEREAS, in 2006, Sloan was named to the All-Division II 50-year team and became
             66      the fifth NBA coach in history to win 1,000 games;
             67          WHEREAS, in 2008, Sloan became the first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with the
             68      same franchise;
             69          WHEREAS, in 2009, Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
             70      and became the first coach in NBA history to eclipse the 1,000-win mark with one franchise;
             71          WHEREAS, in 2010, Sloan passed Pat Riley for third place on the list of all-time
             72      winningest coaches;
             73          WHEREAS, Phil Johnson has been by Sloan's side as an assistant coach for the past 23
             74      years, and when Sloan decided it was time to retire, Johnson retired also;
             75          WHEREAS, when asked why they have been together so long, Johnson said, "We had
             76      very similar backgrounds and that really brought us together. We think a lot alike. We've been
             77      very honest with each other over time. He knows exactly where I stand and I know exactly
             78      where he stands.";
             79          WHEREAS, as much as Sloan has been an institution in the NBA and pro sports,
             80      Johnson has been at his side, demonstrating great loyalty, and said recently, "I came with him,
             81      and I'll leave with him.";
             82          WHEREAS, Sloan's approach to basketball was tough-minded, down-to-earth, and
             83      plain-spoken, and he had a relentless blue-collar work ethic;
             84          WHEREAS, Sloan was a model of consistency in the way his teams tenaciously played
             85      and graciously won, the way he always dealt with his players and the team's front office, in the
             86      respectful way he dealt with opposing players and coaches, in the way he conducted himself,
             87      and in the way he loved to compete and hated to lose;
             88          WHEREAS, to put his longevity with the Jazz in perspective, 14 other NBA franchises
             89      have changed coaches 10 or more times since Sloan took over the Jazz's reins in December

             90      1988;
             91          WHEREAS, Sloan led the Jazz to 21 winning seasons, an NBA record, including 16
             92      straight from 1988-89 to 2003-04, and he won 50-plus games in 13 seasons with 20 playoff
             93      appearances, third best in NBA history, seven division championships, and 1,127 wins;
             94          WHEREAS, Sloan coached the game as he played it, with fierce competitiveness and a
             95      never-say-die attitude, and would battle with his last ounce of energy to win games;
             96          WHEREAS, the late Jazz owner, Larry Miller, once wrote, "One of the best things we
             97      did was hire Jerry Sloan as coach. . . . At the time, he said, 'I am only going to ask you for one
             98      thing -- if I get fired, let me get fired for my own decisions.';
             99          WHEREAS, Miller added, "From the start, we gave Jerry complete charge of the team.
             100      . . . We let Jerry run the team the way he sees fit. He runs a tight ship, even in the way he
             101      insists that his players dress. The Jazz Way is old school. It is about little things.";
             102          WHEREAS, the Jazz have been a model of consistency and stability as an NBA
             103      franchise for a quarter of a century;
             104          WHEREAS, NBA Commissioner David Stern said of Sloan, "His most impressive
             105      qualities were his leadership and his extraordinary ability to encourage his players to subjugate
             106      their individual games for the benefit of the whole.";
             107          WHEREAS, former Jazz guard John Stockton added, "He was a loyal teammate, as
             108      well as a coach and friend, and you just can't replace guys like that. Guys you can count on in
             109      any weather.";
             110          WHEREAS, Sloan himself has said, "You usually have more in you than what you
             111      think. That's when you try to push a little bit more and come out of it.";
             112          WHEREAS, Sloan ended his 45 years in the NBA as the longest-tenured coach in
             113      professional sports; and
             114          WHEREAS, Coach Sloan and Coach Johnson have brought great honor and prestige to
             115      the state of Utah:
             116          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             117      Governor concurring therein, recognize and pay honor to the success and accomplishments of
             118      Coach Jerry Sloan and Assistant Coach Phil Johnson as they have coached the Utah Jazz for
             119      nearly a quarter of a century and have brought honor and prestige to the state of Utah.
             120          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to Coach Jerry

             121      Sloan and Assistant Coach Phil Johnson.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-22-11 8:02 AM

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