While the Utah Jazz management is publicly downplaying the role Deron Williams played in the resignation of coach Jerry Sloan, it seems all major media outlets are reporting that there was indeed an ongoing feud between D-Will and Jerry Sloan that led to his mid-season resignation.
Here are five reasons why Jazz fans won't forgive Deron Williams for pushing the hall of famer out the door..
If there is one man who the fans of the Utah Jazz owe everything to, it is Larry H. Miller, the former owner of the Utah Jazz who recently passed away.
It was Larry Miller who stepped in and put his financial life on the line to buy the Jazz back in 1979, keeping the franchise from bolting Salt Lake City.
Larry Miller was the man that gave Utah sports fans something to be proud of and it was Larry who led the organization by example.
His hard work, his loyalty to his players, his coaches, and fans, made the Jazz what they are today.
There is no way Larry would have ever allowed his star player to run off his legendary coach!.
Jazz fans know this, and will certainly hold Deron accountable.
For some odd reason Deron Williams thinks he is somehow more important to Jazz fans than Jerry Sloan.
What Deron must not realize is that long before he arrived on the scene Jazz fans have always been supportive of their franchise.
There are statues of both John Stockton and Karl Malone outside the arena, as well as banners paying tribute to people like Frank Layden, Darrell Griffith, Mark Eaton, Jeff Hornacek, etc...
The Jazz never won an NBA title with any of the above mentioned names, yet they are all remembered fondly in Utah, mostly because they gave 100 percent and did it the right way.
Jazz fans don't need championships to sell out their arena, all they need is players that play the game the right way and put the good of the team before themselves.
No matter how hated the Jazz may be throughout the country, all of that hate has always come with a healthy dose of respect.
Because the Jazz have always done things the right way.
For the past two decades Jerry Sloan built a team around toughness, and discipline. No matter what the score of the game, the Jazz always played the game with grit. That was because of Jerry.
Locker room feuds, and coaches being forced out by players were for other teams around the league, not Utah.
However, it now seems D-Will has imploded all of that national respect by disrupting a system that has won more games consistently than any team in the league.
Jazz fans won't put up with players that ruin their franchise's reputation.
How does a player who makes millions and millions of dollars and is treated like a God by his franchise become such an un-coachable pain in the ass, that a hall of fame coach has to resign mid-year?
D-Will has always been courted like royalty in Utah, while other like Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko, and Memut Okur have taken their lumps by the local fans and media, D-Will could do no wrong.
That is until recently.
It turns out while D-will has been treated like a God by this community he's been causing dissent in the Jazz locker room. So much so, that the great Jerry Sloan had to depart under embarrassing circumstances.
Jazz fans won't forget.
John Stockton is a tough act to follow. Not just because of his stats and durability, but because he understood that he was simply one piece of a larger puzzle.
John never once complained who the Jazz organization put on the floor with him or what plays were called.
He understood that it was his job to take whatever players were hired to play and go out there and try his best to win a championship.
He did just that, and along the way took a team with Greg Ostertag and Brian Russel in the starting line-up to two NBA finals.
John knew he was paid well, had the support of the community, and that it was his job to play basketball and Jerry's job to coach the team.
After twenty years of effort and loyalty, Jazz fans built John a statue.
In Utah, they don't build statues for whiners.