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Legendary Jazz coach steps down

Twenty-three years was enough for Jerry Sloan.

Twenty-three years was enough for Jerry Sloan.

The 68-year-old resigned as head coach of the Utah Jazz Thursday. He will be replaced by assistant coach Tyrone Corbin.

“Twenty-three years is a long time to be a part of one organization. My time is up, and it’s time for me to move on,” Sloan said. “You only have so much energy left, and my energy level has dropped off quite a bit.”

Sloan, who also coached the Bulls, is the only NBA coach to win 1,000 games with a single franchise. He had been the longest-tenured head coach in any of the four major sports.

Sloan had signed a one-year contract extension to remain with the Jazz earlier this year. While the coach cited a lack of energy, media reports pointed to a rift with star point guard Deron Williams.

 
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