SANDY -- Jazz CEO Greg Miller knew he'd witnessed a critical moment in team history, so he made sure to write about it in his journal.
And while hosting a group of local media Tuesday at the Larry H. Miller Group corporate offices, Miller recounted the details of the night Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan threatened to resign.
"I actually wrote this down, I have it in a journal," said Miller, 47-year-old son of late Jazz overseer Larry H. Miller. "I knew this would be a pivotal moment in Jazz history and I wanted to get everything right."
Less than a week after the Jazz announced Sloan's return to the team as an adviser, Greg Miller said he was caught off guard when the longtime coach said he was burned out and ready to walk away in the middle of the season.
Miller said Sloan and All-Star point guard Deron Williams had words during halftime the Jazz's Feb. 9, 2011, home loss to the Chicago Bulls. Moments later Sloan asked Miller if they could meet after the game and when Williams said he wanted to be included in the meeting, Sloan said he'd had enough.
"Jerry said to me, 'I'd like to have a word with you after the game,'" Miller said. "I said, 'What?' He said, 'I'd like to have a word with you after the game.'
"We all kind of stopped right there and Deron Williams was right behind us and he said, 'Yeah and I want to be in the meeting too.' And then Jerry said, 'You want me to just quit right now?'"
It was well known around the team that Sloan's relationship with Williams had been strained by the midway point of the 2010-11 season. A few weeks earlier, the Jazz had suffered through a six-game losing streak and tension had been mounting.
Late in the first half of a 91-86 loss to the Bulls, Williams ran a play that eventually broke down.
Miller said that upon entering the locker room, "Jerry said (to Williams), 'Hey, if you're going to change the play, it'd be nice if you'd let the rest of the team know so we have a chance of scoring' or something like that ... he kind of reprimanded him."
Larry H. Miller routinely sat in on halftime discussions and Greg Miller has upheld that tradition in the years since his father's death from Type 2 diabetes.
Recounting the events of that night, Greg Miller said Williams responded to Sloan's reprimand with, "My bad."
Miller said that if DWill had left it at that, Jerry Sloan might still be the Jazz's head coach.
Instead, Williams escalated the conversation, further aggravating his coach.
According to Miller, Sloan told him he was prepared to resign at that moment.
Sloan agreed to resume the conversation after the game and when they met again he reiterated his desire to walk away, saying he "there's nothing left in the tank."
Miller pleaded with Sloan to at least sleep on his decision, telling him that walking away in the middle of the season would create a public relations nightmare.
When they met again the next day, Sloan said he was firm on his decision.
Tyrone Corbin, one of Sloan's assistants, was named head coach and has been ever since.
Now 28 months later, Sloan last week accepted the position of "senior basketball adviser."