Monday , Apr , 20 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Jerry Sloan: We Need to Be Nastier

After his Jazz were whupped in Sunday’s Game 1, coach Jerry Sloan made the challenge in no uncertain terms.

He feels, in so many words, that they’re far too soft.

"We’re not a nasty team," Sloan said after a 113-100 loss at the start of a first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"You know, most of the teams that we’ve had (previously in Utah) have been pretty nasty — and they will get after you from daylight until dark. We’re just learning how to get after it a little bit more as we go along with younger guys.

"And part of that’s my fault," he added. "I take full responsibility for that, because I haven’t been, probably, nasty enough with them."