Is Deron Williams a coach killer? I’d have to say yes. Derons’ history with coaches is not exactly the most notable. Keep in mind were talking about the same guy who quite possibly is the reason Jerry Sloan, a winning and proven coach, was removed from his head coaching position in Utah a few years ago. Jerry Sloan is a Hall of Fame coach with experience coaching Hall of Fame talent such as Karl Malone and John Stockton. I’m talking about a respected coach with over two decades of coaching a winning system. Before his exit in Utah, Jerry Sloan stated he had an issue with coaching the younger breed of players in the NBA. I know exactly the person he meant in that statement. What makes matters worse, Jerry Sloan got the boot and Deron Williams took his talents to Brooklyn. Please explain to me how that situation wasn’t a complete waste of time and not a horrible loss for the Jazz organization. It appears the Jazz organization got screwed on both ends. Is it easier to get rid of a coach or a disgruntled player? Unfortunately, the game of basketball has become more of a business model and less about integrity and respect.
From a GM point of view it appears to make more financial sense to hire a cheaper new name coach in contrast to replacing a high salary player like Williams. I could write a book about player salary contracts and then some, but why waste your time with mumbo jumbo. The point is this, the Jazz would be a better team today if Sloan were still around and if Williams were out. The Jazz could have began their team rebuilding years ago by drafting a decent point guard. Instead, the Jazz are a sub .500 team with a descent coach and a bunch of good players that don’t exactly mesh well.
Call me blind but It certainly appears that Williams reached his peak of success in 2007 when he led the Jazz to the Western Conference finals; he hasn’t found his way since. Williams’ field goal percentage this season is .399, the lowest in his career and his assists-per-game is the lowest since the 2006 – 2007 season. I thinks its time for a few NBA players/prima-donnas, to start taking a look at themselves before being so quick to blame a coach and his system. So I ask the question, is Deron Williams a coach killer?