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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: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:14 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

The NBA doesn't deserve a coach like Sloan. He coaches the game in the old school tradition, and too many of today's NBA players are undisciplined raw talents who think they know it all at age 20 with a year or two of college under their belts. The NBA game has sadly deteriorated under the influx of "one-and-done" college stars who think they should call the shots from day one. I'm a Celtics fan, and at least at the moment, the Celts appear to be one of the minority of teams who actually play like a team, and care more about titles than stats. Sloan would be a great coach in Boston, but we already have a great coach in Doc Rivers. If there is a team in the NBA who would like to win consistently, with ownership that would stand behind their coach instead of their spoiled brat star players, then such a team could do a lot worse than to hire Jerry Sloan. Utah certainly didn't deserve him.

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2011 5:56 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

Jerry Sloan is a 'quitter'.   Utah still had a chance at the playoffs when he suddenly walked away and now they have fallen apart.   I can't imagine another team would take a chance on a 'quitter' like Jerry Sloan.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 5:51 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

I love Jerry Sloan as a coach but Derron Williams is reflective of the NBA player today. The players want freedom on the court and Sloan simply doesn't coach like that. The only kinds of teams that would buy into what Sloan is selling (his system) are veteran-laden teams used to putting wins first and thus may be willling to sacrificing on-court freedom like the Lakers, Celtics and Spurs. Last time I checked, however, all three had coaches who aren't going anywhere soon. As much as I hate to say it, Sloan was right the first time. Old school blood and guts guys who are used to coaches have the final say are a thing of the past. The game has passed you Jerry Sloan. It was a sad day when you left, but reality is sometimes not pleasant.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2011 5:36 pm

Jerry Sloan might consider return?

As a Knicks fan, I pray they ask him to coach the team because we cannot win with D'anPhony as coach.  That style of ball is exciting, but never wins titles.  If Sloan came in, he would toughen up the team and force them to play defense not only when they wanted to and Melo, who is a capable defender when he wants to, would be forced to play defense and could improve drastically there.  Also, the team would always play hard for him as he would not accept his players to go out and not give it their all.  The Knicks need a no nonsense and highly respected man like Sloan to run them.  If he considers returning, I would hire him in a second and send D'Antoni to the street packing.

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