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Jerry Sloan might consider return?

Posted on: April 3, 2011 3:48 pm
Posted by Royce Young

When Jerry Sloan unexpectedly resigned from his post as the coach of the Utah Jazz earlier in the season, he tried to make it clear that he wouldn't consider a return to coaching.

But this is sports and as we've all learned over time, you can't always believe a guy when he says he's done. Look what you've done, Brett Favre. 

And according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune,   there's a scenario in which Sloan might consider a return. The report puts it this way:

"Sloan would listen if another team approached him, according to a source who has spoken to Sloan recently, and would seriously consider the right situation ... But he won't actively seek another job or have anyone campaign for him. Almost alone among NBA coaches, Sloan, who turned 69 a week ago, doesn't have an agent."

Sloan is sitting on 1,221 wins which is just 114 behind Don Nelson for first all-time. On a good team, that's just two seasons. Something definitely within reach. Sloan is 69 years old though and seemed very content with stepping away when he did.

Of course I'm sure he wasn't thrilled with the way it happened. He seemed frustrated with his roster, especially with point guard Deron Williams. All of that conflict eventually led Sloan to resigning from the position he had held for 23 years.

Sloan is a Hall of Famer already, having been inducted in 2009. He has all the wins a guy could need except for a championship. And somehow, he doesn't have a Coach of the Year.

So who could call him? Speculating of course, some of the open spots might be with the Warriors, Pistons, Pacers, Timberwolves and of course, the Lakers. There will be more on top of that too (Raptors? Hawks? Kings?) but the job would absolutely have to be the right one for Sloan. I'm sure he's not interested in taking on a rebuilding gig.

I feel like this is a total longshot but according to this, Sloan is willing to listen. And if you have a head coach vacancy this summer, you better be willing to give him a call.
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Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:15 am

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

As a life long JAZZ fan I cannot image Jerry with anyone else but the Utah Jazz. He married a Utah woman, has lots of ties to Utah. He's not an egomaniac like some other coaches (an un-named Laker coach comes to mind) in the NBA. I hope he stays retired and, perhaps, takes on a consulting position with the Jazz.

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2011 9:51 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

One could only hope Sloan would return to coaching...he's a true HoF'er...not just for the NBA but for basketball and the gratitude shown by the places he's been throughout his entire career in basketball (not just his coaching career) speaks loudly.  I've been to McLeansboro, IL where Sloan went to high school...the school buildings and gymnasium may be new but I'm pretty sure there will always be a wall/trophy case full of memories of his days there, playing ball in college and the NBA, and his fantastic coaching career thereafter.  The man doesn't even have an agent?  How good can you get...he's someone young coaches need to look up to as the purpose of coaching...installing a culture of pride and building a leagacy...not hopping to wherever the money is greener from year to year.  His career should stand to influence younger coaches such as Butler's Brad Stevens to stay put, wear your colors with pride and build a tradition the game deserves, regardless of the level of competition.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 9:23 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

Jerry Sloan is a great coach but there is more to life.  Perhaps he would like to broadcast a little and give his insight that way for a couple years before considering any kind of return to coaching.  There is no shame about not having a championship.  Right now I would have to say that Michael Jordan is the reason that never happened but there are other coaches and players who have felt that.  The NBA puts too much emphasis on a championship, especially the players, when they should be promoting the game itself.  A season can be successful without winning an NBA Title.  A coaching career and players career can also be successful without winning a title.  Jerry Sloan is every bit the coach Phil Jackson is and his lack of a title or coach of the year should not be a measuring stick.  Then again, nobody ever blames selfish players when a team is not successful either, they blame the coach.  Well, lesson 101 that should tell you to look at Denver now without selfish Carmelo Anthony and that should teach even the modest fan a lesson about these so-called Superstars and where they go in the NBA.  The Miami Heat are further away from a title than we think.  Boston pulled a big time stupid in trading away Perkins and waiting on fat boy to come back.  O'Neal will not win another title.  In fact, Shaq ia a complete detriment now to any team he suits up with. Bottom line, he's slow, awkward, and has already screwed up chemistry in both Phoenix and Cleveland.  As far a Boston is concerned, fans there can only hope that the number one Thunder pick is worth the trade because for them that is/was the best part of that trade.  The Bulls are up and coming and should take the East.  Orlando traded away it's chances.  A healthy Spurs team has a shot in the West.  If not it'll be the Lakers again.  All the best to Jerry Sloan.  As for Deron Williams he needs a lot of help in Jersey or Brooklyn or whatever the new name of that franchise will be.  Jason Kidd could not get it done there although he led them to the finals once with a pretty good nucleus.  I think that Russian owner there will only be dreaming of a title as long as he owns that franchise.  Of course, with 32 teams, 31 have that same dream every year and only one comes true.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:24 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

It's obvious that you do, bigg los.  Otherwise why would you spend your time reading the article, if you in fact read it at all, and then comment on it? 

Are you and nighttrain buddies? 

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:22 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

There are only 2 teams I can see Jerry Sloan returning to coach; although as one poster mentioned, the source of his alleged interest in returning is conjecture and spurious. 

The Lakers would be a nice fit for him because the talent is already there, and Jerry doesn't want to have to cultivate raw talent anymore.  I use the word "raw" as in the talent rubs you raw.  The new class of NBA is king (see selfish players demanding trades and PR nightmares known as "Decisions.")  Jerry just doesn't have the patience to put up with that BS.  His system would work well with the leader of that team, Kobe Bryant, but I just don't see Jerry Buss throwing a three year contract at him when we all know that Jerry likes the 1 year contracts now.  I would be scorned if he went to the Lakers, but I would still root for him, of course.

The Pacers would also be a good fit because it's close to his home. Other than those two, you've got me. 

And to the social retard who mentioned that Sloan is a quitter, please think before you type.  Jerry Sloan did not quit, he was forced out.  The organization is going down the toilet now that Larry H. Miller's son, Greg, is at the helm.  Speculation here in Utah is that he's interested in selling the franchise because the family's other business ventures are taking a massive financial hit.  But again, that's just conjecture. 

Now that Deron Williams is gone, I wish he would just return to the Jazz and finish up his career where it seemingly began (his tenure as the Bulls HC was not what I would refer to as a success). 

Coach Sloan, you are missed.  There's only one other old school OG in the NBA now and it's the coach of the Spurs, Greg Popovich. 

Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:09 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?


Karl Malone stated that Jerry Sloan didn't quit,
that he's very aware of the situation and isn't
allowed to comment further. Then reitterated that
Jerry Sloan didn't quit...

Still a class act Jerry Sloan doesn't embarass the
Utah Jazz, he doesn't embarass it's ownership,
and doesn't alienate the Utah fan base...
Again a class act...

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:40 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

Nighttrain your the biggest moron ive ever met. To call a man who COACHED IN THE SAME CITY FOR THE SAME TEAM FOR 23 YEARS a quitter is nonsense. But then again what was i to expect from someone who doesnt even have enough loyalty to list his fav teams more than likely because he is a bandwagon hopper.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:27 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

Man, why are people crapping on Jerry Sloan? He's one of the best coaches of all time, bar none.Why do people have such a lack of respect? The guy gave a nice chunk of his life to a franchise who has never won a title, it's not like he had the greatest teams every season....Despite the roster, you knew they would play hard, play good D, run there plays well.....Kind of funny how there offense went way up this year, there D let down....and Sloan resigned.Sounds more like the team QUIT on him....not the other way around.....

@nighttrain1234 , use your head before you make foolish statements...common sense can go a long way.

I would love to see Sloan coach my Raptors , that's not an ideal situation for either side though, realistically...go ahead, step aside Phil..would like to see him content for a title with a team like The Lakers..... @Royce Young , how about The Celtics? there was rumors not long ago that Doc Rivers was going to take a break, I think that would be a great fit for both sides.You already have defensive minded guys.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:26 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

I find it hard to believe Jerry Sloan would consider returning to coaching. And just as stunning would be a team hiring him without a special scenario.

While I remember Sloan as a tough player who played hard, he did not seem to have that big an ego. For that reason I find it hard to think he would return to the NBA to get past Nelly for tops in wins. 114 wins in two years is not "just a good team" but a team fighting for best record this year. So that 114 is more like 3 years, and possible with any team. But I still question if that is Sloan goal. He is not the same as Nelly.

I really doubt some team would hire him for a 3 year run just so he can get the record and then have to start over. So to me Pistons, Raptor and Warriors are not thinking about him. And with the player on the Kings Sloan would not be willing to take them.

Timberwolves, Pacers and Hawks then might be possible because the are looking to make a step up to the next level: 'Wolves to playoffs, Pacers past 1st round and Hawks to title contender. Those could be special scenarios

But Lakers? I think not. Like Phil, Jerry took over the Jazz with top talent already in place and used a system to get the most out of that talent. Malone 'n Stockton and really all the meaningful players had been the roster for 3 or 4 years when Sloan took over for Layden. Yes, he was there as Layden's top hand in that time frame. He rode that core group for 15 years and until Deron Williams came on board they were headed down.

For those Phil lovers who have questions, Mike 'n Scotty and Kobe 'n Shaq were in place before he arrived. So, yes, find a team with great talent (who underachieve, true) and stroke egos and manage; that is Phil. At least Sloan is an X-n-Os guy.

Back to Sloan. I still find it doubtful that he is considering coming back. And when the source is talking to the Minneapolis S/T and not some place close to where Sloan is living, this seem like a made up story that would give hope to local 'Wolves fans when a "great" coach would come back for their team.

I can't totally rule out the story but it sure smells like last week's fish still on the dock.

Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:16 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

who cares?

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