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Jerry Sloan wants to coach a competitve team, not the Bucks

May 17, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

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Jerry Sloan is 71 years old. He’s a Hall of Famer. He spent 21 of his last 23 seasons coaching with either John Stockton or Deron Williams as his point guard.

You think he wants to coach a team that’s hoping Brandon Jennings is its point guard next season?

In the nicest terms possible – “They came to see him on his farm (in downstate Illinois). They had a great meeting just in terms of liking each other. (Bucks general manager) John Hammond said ‘I wish I could have stayed and watched the game with him’” – the answer is no, according to Sloan’s agent Keith Glass. Glass, who also represents Scott Skiles, via David Aldridge of NBA.com:

“Jerry probably is a lot like Scott, in that the working conditions and where the team is (contender-wise) are important,” Glass said. “For Jerry to go to a place that’s going to take years to build—and I’m not talking about Milwaukee, I’m talking about anywhere—that’s just not right for him. They have to be able to compete. Jerry is a competitor, and he wants to compete and teach.”

“Guys like Jerry, who are Hall of Famers, they can peruse the landscape—and work or not work,” Glass said.

Potential contenders, using a generous definition, at least potentially looking for a coach: Nets (if Deron Williams approves), Hawks (if Dwight Howard signs and if Larry Drew is fired), Clippers (if Vinny Del Negro is fired), Grizzlies (if Lionel Hollins is let go). That’s a short list with more ifs than teams.

It sounds increasingly likely Sloan won’t coach again.

  1. saint1997 - May 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Clippers could be an interesting fit

    • jimsjam33 - May 17, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      This would be the perfect fit for the Clippers . CP3 and Blake Griffin are Stockton and Malone clones . Yes !

      • fm31970 - May 17, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Whoaaaaaaaaaaaa. Um, not even close to that level yet.

  2. misterdreamer119 - May 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Why woul memphis get rid of hollins?

    • adoombray - May 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Yeah, I feel like that’s one of those narratives that persists simply because the narrative persists. Hollins is a great teacher and good coach. Memphis is a team that has consistently gotten better and better and IMHO they’re gonna get to the finals and make some people seriously question this small ball business when they give the Heat a tougher series than anyone expects. Small Ball only works against “big” teams with bad “bigs”. Gasol is no Kendrick Perkins.

  3. money2long - May 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    i don’t get the championship vibe with dwight in atlanta.

    • erckle31 - May 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      I don’t get the championship vibe from Atlanta…period.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 17, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      A front-court of Al Horford and Dwight Howard almost certainly makes any team become a contender.
      Reports are that Atlanta is keeping Kyle Korver (elite shooter), and Teague is a good young point-guard, so what they would need in this scenario is another wing who plays defense and can hit 3′s (to help with spacing), and that’d be a very good starting lineup.

      That being said – I doubt Dwight goes to Atlanta.

    • louhudson23 - May 18, 2013 at 3:54 AM

      Thumbs up,not down for me…

  4. 1972sxwife - May 18, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Clippers, OKC or Knicks?

    • fanofevilempire - May 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      the knickerbockers are getting rid of Woody?

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