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Report: Jazz talk to Jerry Sloan about returning to organization

Jun 3, 2013, 12:55 AM EDT

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For 23 years, Jerry Sloan was the head coach and face of Utah Jazz basketball.

Then out of nowhere, 54 games into that final season in 2011, he just quit. Mid-season, with no warning. We can debate how much the Deron Williams situation played into that, but the old-school Sloan decided he was done and walked away.

Now, he may come back.

Sloan was with the Jazz entourage at the NBA Draft Combine and he may be asked to do a little more around the organization, reports Jody Genessy of the Deseret News.

The Utah Jazz have had a preliminary discussion with Sloan about returning to the fold in an unspecified position….

“That’s up to (them). That’s a situation that’s strictly up to Ty or somebody in the Jazz organization,” Sloan told the Deseret News. “If they want me around, fine. If they don’t, (fine). They’d talked to me a little bit about it a little bit earlier.”

That might be the most Jerry Sloan answer ever.

The role would be as a consultant to the organization (not as a coach or GM) and there seems to be a fit there. The Jazz are about to undergo some pretty heavy roster changes (Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are free agents this summer) and having a guy who understands building a team that grows and plays together would help.

Sloan has talked to other organizations, but it’s hard to imagine him really working with anyone else.

  1. brugis23 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    We, jazz fans, want you back coach Sloan!

  2. reasonablemindsays - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    It’s hard to be an old-style disciplinarian coach when your team isn’t winning championships. Pop was blessed to have Duncan which led to championships, and now all the players are buying into his system. Sloan wasn’t as lucky as his teams couldn’t get by Jordan’s Bulls or Kobe’s Lakers.

  3. scottieplongballs - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Remember when Ostertag got called for a foul and then handed the ball to the official and the second the official had it in his hands Ostertag SLApped it out of his hands. Then Sloan clapped enthusiastically from the bench. Hahahaha, my fav NBA moment ever!

  4. pdub923 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    So they DIDN’T want his opinion when he was coaching Deron Williams but now the DO want his opinion now that they see how that whole thing worked out? Hope he helps them to a title and they beat the Nets after they go through 10 more coaching changes for DWill!

  5. starvingardens - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    This would be really nice to see. Sloan back into the fold of the Jazz organization, and Malone helping out the bigs would be great for the NBA. This is coming from a Golden State fan mind you.

  6. freepretzels - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    They need him to coach.

  7. hahapapa - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Jerry can teach Corbin how to coach defense , rebounding, work ethic.. Go get em Jerry..

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