Word on the Street: Jerry Sloan resigns from Jazz


Word on the Street: Jerry Sloan resigns from Jazz

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Jerry Sloan to resign

Reportersknew something was off when after Wednesday night's loss to the Bulls,Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, who usually comes out to speak to thepress within 10 minutes, stayed in the locker room for 45 minutes in ameeting with Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor.

When Sloanfinally did emerge, he simply said that he had talked to O'Connor andthat they would provide more information on Thursday.

One day later, sources are now saying that Sloan and his assistant coach Phil Johnson is expected to resignat a news conference this afternoon. Sloan, who has coached the Jazzsince 1988, is currently the longest tenured coach in all ofprofessional sports. (KSL.com)

Rockets seeking Bulls' Asik

Could Omer Asik be leaving the Bulls? K.C. Johnson reports that the Houston Rockets are asking for the rookie center in their exploratory talks regarding shooting gaurd Courtney Lee.

The Bulls have scouted Lee extensively, as he is a favorite of the Bulls coaching staff. Management has given no indications it plans to trade Asik, who is valued by the Bulls staff. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Buehrle on Vick: "We hope he gets hurt"

Mark Buehrle created a stir on Wednesday when, in an interview with MLB.com regarding his charitable work with animals, he made some disparaging comments about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.

"He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where my wife and I watched the game and I know it's bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys," said Buehrle in the interview.

Though the quote has since been removed from the article, the controversy is likely to remain. (USA Today)

NFL labor talks halted

NFL labor negotiations took a turn for the worst on Thursday when the second day of a two-day bargaining session was canceled. The cancellation was reportedly due to the fact that the two sides were too far apart, a decision the NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah was unhappy with.

"We wish we were negotiating today," Atallah said. "That's all I can say." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Fire release Umanzor
The Chicago Fire announced on Wednesday that they had released Salvadorian defender Deris Umanzor. Umanzor, 31, started only five games in his first season with the Fire in 2010, and appeared in only 10 overall.

"We want to thank Deris for his contributions to the Chicago Fire and wish him the best in the next step of his career," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. (Goal.com)

Bulls: Rajon Rondo calls incident with assistant coach 'part of the game'

Bulls: Rajon Rondo calls incident with assistant coach 'part of the game'

AUBURN HILLS, MICH—Rajon Rondo almost made it to the quarter mark of the season without incident, but his frustrations got the better of him in Dallas last weekend in a situation with Bulls assistant coach Jim Boylen.

He returned from his one-game suspension in a light mood, but didn’t take things lightly when addressing questions from the media after the Bulls’ 102-91 loss to Detroit.

Rondo admitted that he feels so strongly about things that he doesn’t let them go as easily as he should, which could have been the case with Boylen. Rondo threw a towel after an exchange with Boylen during the Bulls’ blowout loss to the Mavericks.

“That’s a good way to put it. Me as a player, a point guard, I have to handle a situation better,” Rondo said. “But when I feel a certain way, I’m gonna speak on it. My whole thing is always for the betterment of the team.

“If it comes off wrong or a certain way I’ll try to work on that. But for the most part I’m not a selfish individual, I try to do what’s best for the team, try to watch film with my teammates. That’s just part of the game, who I am.”

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When asked if he actually threw a towel at Boylen, Rondo quipped, “You gotta look at the film,” and tried to downplay the situation as best he could, noting the timing of the event in question.

He apologized to the coaching staff and his teammates and believes there won’t be lasting effects, although the Bulls are in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

“Hopefully it’ll be the last three-game losing streak,” Rondo said. “It’s about how you handle adversity. We usually handle it well as far as bouncing back.”

Calling the incident “part of the game,” Rondo didn’t want to address specifics but given his history of instances such as these in Boston, Dallas and Sacramento, this one makes it a little harder to shake the reputation of being difficult to deal with.

“I have a good relationship with my team and I take pride in being a great teammate,” Rondo said. “I think we’re still on the same page. When you lose, things get blown out of proportion. When you win, it covers everything up. So we have to get back to winning basketball.”

His teammates have been supportive both behind the scenes and publicly, and were happy to have him back despite not being able to quell the losing streak.

“It was good. That's our starting point guard. We need veteran guys on this team,” Bulls guard Dwyane Wade said. “We need our bodies. He's our leader today so when we got down early he was the one who kept talking to us defensively. He's so smart out there on the floor, takes certain things away, get out in open transition. The reason we got back in the game, he did a good job of leading us in those moments.”

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Slide Continues After Loss In Detroit

Bulls Talk Podcast: Bulls Slide Continues After Loss In Detroit

In the latest BullsTalk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue and Kendall Gill break down the Bulls latest losing streak. What is the biggest problem with the Bulls facing the Bulls going forward? Why was the rotation completely different in Monday and Tuesday’s games?

Then listen to Fred Hoiberg’s media session after the 101-92 loss in Detroit.

With the Spurs coming up on Thursday, the guys discuss how San Antonio continues to be an elite team despite the retirement of Tim Duncan. Will Perdue shares his memories of being traded for Dennis Rodman, of playing 4 seasons for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, and the relationship he has with the legendary coach. Plus Kendall shares a story of Pat Riley’s motivational locker room tactics.

Catch the latest edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast right here!