Current Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin 1,102 career victories behind Sloan, has nothing but praise for his mentor. Corbin was asked if it was possible to quantify Sloan's influence on the Jazz organization.
"I don't know if you can," Corbin said. "It's been immeasurable. Even today when you go around the country and people hear the Utah Jazz, the three names you hear are Jerry Sloan, Karl Malone and John Stockton. I think that's a great identity for the franchise because of the success they've had. It gives all the guys that has come after them, including myself, something to try and measure themselves to."
So far, Corbin's teams haven't quite measured up. Whether that is because of the youth and inexperience of the game, or because of Corbin's coaching is up for debate. But it is very difficult to follow in the footsteps of a Hall of Fame coach. Corbin says he does feel that pressure, but hasn't felt it from Sloan.
"Anytime you replace a legend like him, there's going to be some comparisons," Corbin said. "There are going to be some talk about how he would have done it. But [Sloan] wanted to make sure I didn't feel any undue pressure and he didn't put any undue pressure on me."
Corbin and Sloan still talk often, especially since Sloan became a senior adviser to the team this last summer. Corbin says he still draws from Sloan's vast knowledge of the game.
"I love hearing his input and I ask him about certain situations," said Corbin. "He's an honest guy and I appreciate that about him. He won't sugarcoat things when they shouldn't be sugarcoated. He'll tell you what he thinks and I appreciate that about him."
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