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Jerry Sloan still willing to return to NBA, whip your team into shape

May 2, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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When the talk of filling coaching vacancies candidates usually fall into a couple clear categories. One is your up and coming assistants — Brian Shaw, Mike Malone, etc. Another is recycle coaches who want another shot, your Nate McMillan and Stan Van Gundy types.

But Jerry Sloan is still out there, too.

The long-time Jazz coach and noted old-school disciplinarian told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida (via Sulia) he would come back to the game. But not just for any team (so don’t bother, Bobcats).

“Yeah, probably, if I thought it would be the right situation,’’ Sloan, a Hall of Famer, told FOX Sports Florida on Thursday about still being interested in coaching.

“I’ve not aware of any (interest from teams with vacancies),’’ Sloan said. “I haven’t said hello to anybody.’’

Again, Sloan is 71 and not exactly a guy who is going to be warm and fuzzy with your young, developing players. He’s more of a tough love guy. He’s not a fit everywhere.

But if you want to create a team identity, to run a system where the ball and the players move, where there is accountability, he could be your guy. It just has too be the right fit for both sides.

  1. edwardemanuelson - May 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Hire him as an assistant, Spurs.

    • Kurt Helin - May 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Sloan as an assistant to Pop? Love to be a fly on that wall….

  2. bucsnsincity - May 2, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    New kings ownership should definitely look into him. Just what this young roster needs!

    • lakerluver - May 2, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      He’s their grandfather’s age! Either he stays retired or coaches a veteran team…as long as it’s not my LAKERS!

    • patfic15 - May 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      With that horrible ensemble? No way. They would have to trade half the team.

      • edwardemanuelson - May 3, 2013 at 7:16 AM

        That wouldn’t be a bad thing.

  3. cipha17 - May 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    The clippers and OKC should seriously consider Sloan or Phil Jackson. The clippers cant score without Paul generating the offense and OKC doesn’t run any type of offense plays.

  4. snowboardinganteater - May 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    The 76ers should be on the phone with this guy till he says “Yes”.

  5. patfic15 - May 2, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Pampered athletes of 2013 can’t handle Sloan. Better for to stay at home Jerry.

  6. kylos13 - May 3, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    The Clippers running a Sloan-inspired pick and roll offence with CP3 playing the Stockton role and Griffin playing the Malone would be dangerous! But it would only work if Blake buys into the system and can handle the tough love from Jerry. He’s got a great work ethic but I feel he takes criticism far too personally. There might be few locker room blow-ups…

    Still, anything right now would be better than Vinny Del Negro!

  7. mazblast - May 3, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    As a player (yeah, I’m that old) and a coach, no one ever got more from less talent than Jerry Sloan. However, in today’s David Stern-created NBA, where the players run the asylum and coaches don’t dare hurt the precious self-esteem of their multi-millionaire baby players, he wouldn’t last a year if he took a coaching job.

    • jckid21 - May 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      I agree Jerry Sloan is a very good, if not great coach. But the comment “no one ever got more from less talent” is kind of a stretch. I mean Sloan did have on his team for over a decade Stockton and Malone who are 2 Hall of Famers and Top 50 Players of All-Time.

      Outside of the Bulls and Rockets of the 90s and early 2000s I don’t think there is any other team of that era that has 2 or more Hall of Famers on it.

    • mytthor - May 3, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      You know, this is a really popular approach to take, as evidenced by your thumbs ups, but ask yourself if it’s really true? I mean yes, the players have more power now, but you could argue that’s the way it always has been, since they’re the reason for the league. Without the players, the coaches wouldn’t be making millions of dollars. The same thing in reverse is NOT true. But really most of the top players in the league are pretty solid stand-up guys, seemingly. Everyone hates LeBron because everyone is a jealous hater, but you can’t really say he’s a baby. Kobe is a giant jerk, but so was Jordan. Magic demanded to be traded. Everyone on the 80’s pistons teams was a jerk. Players are more visible now, and 24 hour coverage means every tiny little thing they talk about gets covered, but for every Deron Williams, there’s a Kevin Durant.

    • badintent - May 3, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      I have to agree with your assement of the current sad state of the NBA. We have star players that are brought in for their imput on trades, head coaches, locker room lockers, etc.GM s are looking over their shoulders on everything they sign, or say.China has a better system. To get along, go along ……………..or get traded to North Korea

  8. kavika6 - May 3, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    It’s probably safe to say that Brooklyn is out of the question.

  9. louhudson23 - May 3, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    It has become increasingly difficult to offer anything but praise to so many under the age of thirty. I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement,but critical appraisal and a foot up the ass is a necessary and effective tool,if the goal is to improve and perform at anything. The personal offense taken at anything other than a straight up complement and the inability to accept a direct request to do virtually anything which is not accompanied by “please” as well as a full explanation for the reason for the request as wel as the reason for directing it at the person involved has reached the heights of silliness. This is not everyone everywhere,but it is becoming endemic….I don’t believe Jerry Sloan is prepared to operate this way any more than I am ….however,given the opportunity to assemble one’s own team with those intent upon achieving a common goal and caring only for success and improvement,one can take advantage of the day care run competition…..I know I have…

  10. kb2408 - May 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Sloan coached for decades and never won a title. Now he’s in his 70’s and he’s supposed to lead a team to a title?

  11. iowahbr - May 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    The Lombardi approach won’t work these dyays. Which is a shame.

  12. ghelton03 - May 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Hollins’ comments in Memphis following the Rudy Gay trade were unprofessional. Sloan would be a great fit in Memphis.

  13. mcsuave - May 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    would be great fit for Nets if Deron Williams wasn’t there. They need some toughness.

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