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Jerry Sloan signs a one-year extension to stay with Jazz

Feb 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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It’s not a surprise, really more of a formality, but it’s still one nice piece of stability in the otherwise tumultuous world of the NBA.

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a one-year extension to continue coaching the Jazz, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com.

“I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said after shootaround at Arco Arena in preparation for tonight’s game against the Kings. “That’s been since, maybe, around the first of the year. I don’t remember what the date was on it. I never pay any attention to it. They offered it to me and I signed it.”

“I didn’t need an announcement,” Sloan said. “Hell, it’s not a big deal to me. And I don’t know what it does. Either one of us can go the opposite direction. I’ve been around long enough and they’ve been around long enough to know if they want to get rid of me, that’s all they have to do.”

Sloan took over as coach of the Jazz in the middle of the 1988 season and has been on the bench ever since. He now has 1,220 career wins, third most on the all-time list.

His teams are tough and disciplined. This year’s Jazz are 30-22 despite losing Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and other key players last summer (Al Jefferson and others came in for them.

Sloan will stay on the Jazz sideline as long as he wants. The Miller family that owns the Jazz are loyal and Sloan has earned that trust 100 times over.

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