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Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 5:04 am
Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams denied and downplayed rumors that a disagreement between he and coach Jerry Sloan led to Sloan's resignation and lashed out at the media's portrayal of the situation. Posted by Ben Golliver.


On Thursday, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan tendered his resignation, and rumors immediately began swirling that a rift had developed between Sloan and Utah's All-Star point guard Deron Williams.

In a Thursday afternoon interview with David Locke on KFAN 1320 in Salt Lake City, Williams downplayed those reports and lashed out at the media's treatment of the situation.

Williams began with his initial reaction to today's news: "It sucks. I didn't think he would ever retire in the middle of the season," Williams said. "I watched the press conference and he said it was his time."

Williams then took a swipe at reporters claming that he had a role in Sloan's departure. "All those guys, Ric Bucher, Chris Broussard, they're all in our locker room everyday," Williams deadpanned. "I'll let them report what they want to report, that's what they are paid to do. That's why I'm always short and rude with the media, because they're your friend. Ric comes in and sits by me every time I see him, acts like he's my friend, but the day they find something they want to spin, they jump on it. That's why I am the way I am and will continue to be the way I am."

Williams did admit that he and Sloan had had differences of opinions during his time in Utah. "Me and Coach Sloan, I don't want to say [we had] a rocky relationship, but we've have our disagreements over the years. Probably no more than any other coach and player have arguments. We're both competitive, we're both very stubborn. I think that's where we clash. One thing we always agreed on is that we both wanted to win."

Williams denied a report that he had approached Jazz management saying that he wouldn't re-sign with the team when he's a free agent if Sloan was still the head coach. "That's not true. I would never force coach Sloan out of Utah. He's meant more to this town and organization than I have by far. It's not my place." 

As for a report that he and Sloan almost came to blows during halftime of last night's game, Williams confirmed that a "disagreement" took place, but downplayed the severity of it. "I don't know, we just had a disagreement. We've had them before, we've had worse ones. I've seen him have worse ones with other players.  Jerry is very fiery, I guess that's the word to use. I am too. Sometimes we clash on things."

Williams said that his relationship with Sloan this year has been similar to his previous years in Utah. "It's been pretty much the same, we get along a lot, we disagree sometimes, but we both want to win. It has been a frustrating year. We felt we were supposed to be a little better than we have been.

"I've been lucky. Not many people get to come into the league and play for a Hall of Fame coach for the first six years. Chance to learn from one of the best. I've won a lot of basketball games because of Coach Sloan."

Asked one final time if he asked or wanted Sloan removed as head coach of the Utah Jazz, Williams replied, "No, sir." 
Category: NBA

Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:33 am

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

There wasn't any pandering to players by the "higher ups."  The Miller family, who owns the Jazz, have been loyal to Jerry through thick and thin.  There was a deep respect between the them as was confirmed in the press conference by both sides.  They begged him to stay but to no avail.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2011 7:20 pm

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

Deron Williams became a much smaller human being through this whole controversy. Regardless of how much he denies or what the whole story is, D Will played a huge role in the demise of Jerry Sloan- maybe it was intentional, maybe not- regardless Sloan is gone and in a manner he did not deserve and D Will is still there to whine and question the system. We need some Karl Malones, Dr J's and Larry Birds to right the ship which is the NBA.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:16 am

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

It wasn't Williams that sent Sloan out, it was the higher ups basically pandering to players and not supporting their coach.  You can't coach a team when your bosses undermine your authority...once that happens there is no more reason for you to be there. 

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:53 pm

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

Williams did not cause this.  Sloan was a GREAT coach, but he was worn out.  Give Williams a break!

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:31 pm

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

you can't believe everything you read. made a mistake...

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:30 pm

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

i think deron williams and jerry sloan had their disagreements but to say that deron chased jerry out is ridiculous. the only reason the media is speaking out against him is because they need something to talk about. deron williams is an amazing player and jerry sloan is the greatest coach to not win a championship. i just wish he would have left at the season instead of in the middle. i'm a jazz fan and proud of it every step of the way. you can't beleive everything you believe

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:47 pm

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

I watched Williams berate rookie Gordon Hayward on the floor in one his first games as a pro and then fire a pass at him out of disgust. Williams has been a baby all year blaming everyone and everything on his supporting cast with perhaps the most talented Jazz roster since 1998. He is not a leader….and Jerry Sloan deserves better. The NBA lost a legend and the Utah Jazz just lost a fan. I’m done.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 1:08 pm

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

you sir, are a moron. i love coach sloan and wish he was still coaching but to think that just because he has been coaching for so long makes him perfect is just dumb.EVERYONE CAN MAKE A MISTAKE. and ill follow that up by saying that deron is the on the court leader for the jazz so he has a voice and an opinion.  without him the jazz are not gonna make the playoffs, not this year and not for a long time either. maybe keep that in mind before you start bashing on the only all star we have.  besides like some have already said, you really think that karl malone or john stockton never had an argument with sloan? really? thats just being blind. its people like you that jump to conclusions and say stupid things that would push deron away from utah and then we'll see just how good things are. 

Since: Dec 11, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:17 pm

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

Looks like two of Deron's 'nuthuggers' signed up just in time to defend him.  If you guys are right, then Sloan will come out and speak of for this dumb moron.  Now you two hold your breath until that happens.........

Since: Feb 11, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2011 10:54 am

Deron Williams denies rumors, lashes out at media

I think you're the idiot.  Do you think great players become great by being sheep?  Sorry, but this nation wasn't founded on the notion of obeying without question, and frankly, I doubt Jerry Sloan would respect somebody that never had his own opinion.  You don't think Karl Malone ever got into it with Sloan?  Do you really think John Stockton blindy agreed with everything Sloan said or every play Sloan ran?

You go ahead and go back to your pasture and be hearded around like the obedient sheep you are until you get a life and grow a pair.

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