Remember having your parents warn you about the same things over and over? Drive carefully, put on a coat, don’t be out late….
You wanted to say, “Yeah, yeah, you’ve told me that.”
Imagine being in Jerry Sloan’s locker room for 18 years.
Long ago I was talking to a Jazz rookie who said he couldn’t imagine sitting through Sloan’s halftime rants for as many years as Karl Malone and John Stockton.
Which made me wonder: how did they sit through those things?
So I asked Malone about it last week.
“No. 1, you have to have respect for your coach,” Malone said. “But every coach I always had it was ‘Coach.’ It was a respect thing. And then No. 2, a lot of people are probably not even sure Coach played the game; he was an All-Star.
“So No. 1, that was my respect right there — that he played. He understood back-to-backs; he understood the travel.”
Malone said he even calls current Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin ‘Coach.’
“And I played with him,” Malone said.
“So when I see a kid say, ‘I don’t know, ask Tyrone,’ mmm…it’s disturbing. But hey, what do I know? I’m a has-been. I did it a long time ago.”