SALT LAKE CITY -- Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan stepped down Thursday after 23 seasons and 1,127 wins as head coach of the Utah Jazz.
Sloan coached Spokane-native John Stockton for 16 years in Salt Lake City (1988-2003). We'll have Stockton's thoughts on his mentor's decision to walk away tonight on KREM 2 News at 6:00.
Longtime assistant Phil Johnson, who also was in his 23rd season with the Jazz, also resigned.
Sloan said during a news conference that stepping down was his decision and that the team had tried to talk him out of it. But he says it's time to move on.
Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin will be the next coach.
Sloan, the longest-tenured coach in the four major professional sports, hinted that something was in the works after delaying his postgame press conference Wednesday night for more than 30 minutes because of what he said was a meeting with Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor.
There's been 245 other head coaching changes in the NBA since Sloan started with Jazz in 1988. Sloan led Utah to back-to-back Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998. His 1,221 wins are third-most all time in the NBA. Sloan did not win an NBA Championship.