44 Total Quotes

Jerry Sloan Quotes

I tell the players, 'I'm sorry that you got hurt, but there's not a thing I can do about it'. You've got to go forward. That's the only thing I know. That's what I've tried to convey to our players. We've been fortunate here. Our organization for 18 years had very few injuries when John [Stockton] and Karl [Malone] were here ... I understood all along we were fortunate our guys stayed healthy. That's life in the NBA. If you don't like it, there's other jobs.
Jerry Sloan
#Basketball

They dominated us right from the beginning of the ballgame. We didn't really seem to have any life. ... They beat us all four quarters.
Jerry Sloan
#Beginning

He was terrific. He made his shots and he's just a wonderful player. I think we're intimidated by him a great deal.
Jerry Sloan
#Intimidated

I thought he (Palacio) played pretty well. He played defense well, which is tough no matter which of those guys you put him on. The important thing is we did a good job of keeping them on top of the basket and made them shoot over the top of us.
Jerry Sloan
#Defense

We gave them everything they needed to get their game going and win the ballgame. They came up and put the pressure on us, and we turned the ball over a little bit, and then we got real casual. There was no execution.
Jerry Sloan
#Ball Game

We've got to do a better job finishing the ballgame. We don't want to leave anybody open on a 3-point shot.
Jerry Sloan
#Ball Game

Fortunately Andrei made a couple of big plays to win the ballgame.
Jerry Sloan
#Ball Game

Our guys kept thinking, 'We have a chance. We have a chance.' That is so huge in this business. I hope we learned something from that tonight.
Jerry Sloan
#Business

I'm really glad today for Karl Malone. But (the current Jazz players) weren't involved in (the celebration) that much. They weren't out there on the street (during the statue unveiling).
Jerry Sloan
#Jazz

Hopefully, this gives us some confidence to try to get better, that's the biggest thing. We've had pretty good success when we run our offense properly. Teams that play playoff-type basketball know what tough execution is and how to do it.
Jerry Sloan
#Confidence

That is one of those most disappointing games that I've been involved in. And for a game with this much significance.
Jerry Sloan
#Games

It looked like we didn't belong. They just waxed us. Our guys looked afraid, and I hate to use that word. This is one of the most disappointing games I've ever been involved in that had some significance.
Jerry Sloan
#Hate

We only had about three or four possessions where we got up and played people. That was the only life we had. Somewhere along the line we need to defend people so we can compete.
Jerry Sloan
#Life

We did a terrible job altogether trying to defend them.
Jerry Sloan
#Trying

He's progressed a great deal. The biggest thing was understanding what we're doing. He's a lively guy. A little wild sometimes. But he's becoming more under control, doing more things that really help his teammates.
Jerry Sloan
#Understanding

We couldn't seem to do too much against their zone, but we kept playing hard.
Jerry Sloan
#Hard

We fought at the beginning of the second half and then they just annihilated us. They defended us well and we had a very tough time scoring inside. If we keep playing like that, we won't get into the playoffs.
Jerry Sloan
#Beginning

They (Jazz players) are not familiar with how to deal with the pressure, and so that's how they've always done it ? overpower people, and get shots off. But you have to make them. Because when we take standing shots that are not really in a rhythm or anything, we have a difficult time (defending) the other end of the floor.
Jerry Sloan
#Jazz

They played back-to-back games and four games in five days and, for them, there wasn't going to be any difference between the fourth game (and the first). You just don't get tired if you're in good shape.
Jerry Sloan
#Games

It's kind of mind-boggling to me.
Jerry Sloan
#Mind

Anything can happen in this business. We're competing and we're going to fight through to the end.
Jerry Sloan
#Business

Andrei was terrific in helping our people. His seven blocked shots were lifesaving coming down the stretch. Their momentum picked up there at the end and we looked a little tired, but he kept us out of trouble.
Jerry Sloan
#People

I didn't know who was still trying to make the playoffs. They looked like the team that wants to be in the playoffs and we looked like we don't want to be there.
Jerry Sloan
#Trying

We were so confused at the start of the ball game, and made some terrible mistakes defensively and couldn't get into our offense. We decided to play a soft game early and we had a difficult time.
Jerry Sloan
#Mistakes

You see what championship basketball is all about.
Jerry Sloan
#Basketball

That's the Boozer we hoped for at the beginning of the year.
Jerry Sloan
#Beginning

Somebody should have knocked the hell out of him and got him off the floor. First of all, if you're a player, you should never let him get that far to begin with. You never know what's going to happen. . . knock him on his (butt) and get him off the floor. If I'm a player, that's what I've got to do. I don't care if they put me in jail.
Jerry Sloan
#Hell

Well, we're still alive and that's the important thing, the games mean something. It's not like you just throw it out there and you don't care whether you win or lose.
Jerry Sloan
#Games

The games mean still something. It's not like you just throw (the ball) out there and you don't care if you win or lose.
Jerry Sloan
#Games

Size doesn't make any difference. Heart is what makes a difference. These guys over there want to make the playoffs more than we do. That's indicated by the way they play, how hard they play.
Jerry Sloan
#Heart