The Utah Jazz are losing a dynamic duo. First they just expected one of them to be resigning. They may have even believed that Phil Johnson was going to take over. What really happened however is Phil Johnson decided to go with his friend Jerry Sloan.
Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson have been together for about 40 years. 23 of those years has been as a Jazz assistant coach. Before he was an assistant under Sloan at Chicago. Not only that but Phil Johnson was an assistant coach over Jerry Sloan when Sloan was playing at Chicago.
Johnson was happy to surprise his friend with the news of him leaving with his friend. He said that he came with him and he was going to leave with him. Johnson is 69 and 6 months older than Sloan. I believe Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson will be life long friends.