The extent of Jerry Sloan’s outrageousness is the top button on his dress shirt that he refuses to button while coaching NBA games. Sloan’s sideburns may have gotten a little out of hand in the mid-1970s, but we all had our own way of coping with rampant inflation back then, and since then Sloan has remained one of the more dressed-down members of the NBA scene.
This is why it was somewhat surprising to hear a three-year old anecdote from the Deseret News’ Brad Rock (via Pro Basketball Talk), one that saw Sloan defending the look of Chris “Birdman” Andersen when Chris was a member of the Denver Nuggets. The then-Utah Jazz coach did not mind in the slightest that Andersen was covered in tattoos, because the Birdman (who scored ten points, pulled in seven rebounds, and blocked three shots in the win) was playing so damn hard. Here’s Rock:
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Sometime during the game, Jazz players had begun mocking Andersen’s body art, which didn’t yet include his famous “Freebird” collar. Upset with his team’s intensity, Jerry Sloan raged along the bench, where he overheard his players’ wisecracks.
“I wish ONE of you guys played as hard as him!” Sloan shouted.