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Both Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan looked for answers to their frustrations.
And there's some truth to the extremes, but they are not the end-all or be-all of what happened, especially in the contexts that the media put them in. Williams didn't push Sloan out, and Sloan didn't quit because he was simply tired.
Williams did feel that Sloan's system had become predictable and that he wasn't adjusting enough. And, to a degree, Williams may have been right. It seemed like teams were more prepared for Utah's schemes than ever before.
Sloan had his points too. Players could make harder cuts to the basket and set better screens. They could have upped their physicality to a different degree, to a Jazz-like pedigree of toughness that was clearly lacking.
Both were probably right in a strange combination.
Is it so unbelievable to think that Sloan could have finally become too tired and stone-like that he refused to adjust to an ever-evolving game? Absolutely. Could that have made it more difficult to coach in a player-pampered league and with so many new faces on the team? Yes.
And in honesty, Sloan looked tired and he was off from his normal self.
Through the 54 games that Sloan coached this year, he received only two technicals. In most other seasons, he would have received a pair in a couple games. That's far from a small change. In fact, it's a drastic numerical gap in personality for a guy who has recorded over 400 T's in his career.
So, it is believable that Sloan's tiredness was true—to a degree.
Williams' answer to his frustrations was in immediate change, but not necessarily in the form of Sloan. He wanted the team to be shaken up a little bit by Sloan but not enough to go to management and give them a me-or-him ultimatum.
Sloan's answers to his frustrations was recognition and patience. All of a sudden he was coaching a rebuilding team that was good enough to make the playoffs but not great enough to push for the NBA Finals.
Maybe, just maybe, Sloan was tired of management leaving him with a good, but not great, team. And if he was losing the faith of his best player, while also knowing his management, maybe he was getting that deja vu experience of disappointment.
Maybe at the age of 68, Sloan was too tired to rebuild one last time.