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Leftovers: How the Jazz changed when the Sloan Era became the Post-Sloan Era

May 3, 2011

It’s the off-season. I know nothing about the draft. I don’t have new uniforms or Hall of Fame inductions to post about. Hence, leftovers.

(“Post-Sloan Era” started out as “Corbin Era,” but Ty’s tenure is only three months old, so…)

One. Garbage Can vs. Podium:

(via @djjazzyjody)

All the while, Sloan’s garbage can stood alone.
The gray-haired one often relied on the relic as a prop and a crutch, conducting shootaround and pregame interviews leaning against the red-and-white receptacle.
Not on “The Day After Sloan.”
Corbin employed a tall, roped-in podium backed by a wall of Jazz logos. (Trib)

Two. Interior decorating at the Jazz’s practice facility:

Three. Untucked jerseys:

Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a fan of a non-Jerry Sloan team (until now, that is), but untucked jerseys are a pet peeve of mine. It was a rare, rare occasion indeed in the past 20 years that I’ve seen a Jazz player on the floor with his jersey untucked, and if it happened, it did not last long.

After Jerry left, it became a Jazz-wide epidemic:

Four. Timeouts and Rotations/Lineups:

Jerry famously called few timeouts (and probably drove numerous fans crazy because of it). During the Stockton/Malone years, he always said it was because he had a guy smarter than him on the floor running things (Stock). Down the stretch in close games, it was because he didn’t want to give the opponent time to set up on defense. Ty utilizes his allotted timeouts much more than Jerry ever did in close games, but he’s got an entire roster full of guys who either aren’t familiar with the offense or aren’t familiar with each other.

Jerry also famously set his lineups and rotation and then stuck with them. While he briefly considered the idea of starting the second unit (because Watson-Price-CJ-Elson-Fes so >>> the starters early in the season), obviously that did not happen.

Jerry did decide to make a change in late January for a 2-game stretch by subbing CJ and then Gordon into the starting lineup for AK. Before this, Jerry “had repeated multiple times recently that he didn’t believe a rotation change was in order.” (DN)

Those two games ended up being Losses #4 and #5 in a 6-game losing streak. (Before this streak started, the Jazz were, yes, by now that famous 27-13. After that, the Jazz went 0-6, which turned into 2-10, which turned into 5-21, which turned into…you get the idea.)

Now, Ty, on the other hand: He, like any other first-time coach probably would, changed his mind quite often when it came to lineups. 1) It started with need for change:

2) Then it was about matchups and winning games (Trib):

3) Then the Jazz were not going young (on the day that Raja played his last game of the season due to injury):

4) Then the Jazz were maybe going young after all:

5) Then again, maybe not:

6) Then it was about matchups again as Fes was subbed into the starting lineup against the Lakers (his first and only start of the season):

7) Then it was about who was giving effort:

8) Or maybe it was still about Playoff matchups:

At this point, the Jazz had five games left in the season. The Jazz won 3 of their last 5, and it appeared the youth movement was on. Then again, Raja, AK, Ronnie P, Fes, CJ and Memo had all suffered season-ending injuries, so it’s hard to tell.

Five. Being pushed vs. freedom (according to AK):

They’re very different. It’s just different set of mind. Coach Sloan kind of push you every time and this kind of position you kind of a little bit nervous. Sometimes it help you so you challenge yourself every time. With Coach Ty, you have more freedom. You more relaxed and you feel like it’s safe but you have to work anyway so it’s two different sides of the coin, but both works. (KSL)

What Didn’t Change:

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