HoopsHype Jerry Sloan rumors

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The Utah Jazz have had a preliminary discussion with Jerry Sloan about returning to the fold in an unspecified position. Twenty-six months after resigning from being the Jazz's head coach, the Hall of Famer is open to considering taking a role with his old organization to help the rebuilding franchise and his successor, Tyrone Corbin. Deseret News

Sloan didn't say whether or not an offer was made. Nor did he specify whether a possible return would be as a consultant, a coach or in the front office. The 71-year-old, who still lives in Utah, is very respectful of Corbin, his former assistant coach and player, and wouldn’t want to become a distraction. "I'd hate to be in anybody's way," Sloan said. Deseret News

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Like Sloan, Layden resigned during the season. He stepped down in 1988 but never considered a comeback. "I never had the love for it like Jerry has," Layden said. "I walked away and was completely comfortable — never had the urge to do it again. But Jerry loves everything about basketball. The games. The practices. The hard work. Everything." Salt Lake Tribune

If Sloan does not take another coaching job, there might be another way for him to stay connected to the NBA — perhaps in an official or unofficial position with the Jazz. Sloan finally started to attend games last season and has been at the predraft camp in Chicago this week with coach Tyrone Corbin and other members of the staff. "If there’s something out there that’s right for both parties, we would welcome a relationship with Jerry," team president Randy Rigby said. "The Utah Jazz have great love and respect for him." Salt Lake Tribune

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Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has decided he is not interested in the Milwaukee Bucks' head coaching job after meeting with Bucks officials last week, according to veteran agent Keith Glass, who is advising Sloan on potential head coaching jobs. NBA.com

"The bottom line is, Jerry doesn't really feel it's the right fit for him right now," Glass said Thursday. "He's interested (in coaching again). He's in Chicago now watching the Pre-Draft. And his name keeps popping up with every job, and he hasn't applied for anything. He had a real nice meeting with them. 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.' It's just not the right fit for Jerry, from Jerry's point of view. That's not a negative thing; that's just the reality." NBA.com

Steve Luhm: Aldridge talked to agent Keith Glass, who is apparently advising Sloan. Very interesting aspect to this story. Sloan has never has an agent. Twitter @sluhm

May 14, 2013 Updates

With a trifecta of coaches around 70 years old rumored as potential candidates, including Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and Jerry Sloan, why wouldn’t the most accomplished basketball player in the New York area over the last 30 years be considered? Mike Greenberg of ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike asked Ewing that question Friday morning when he appeared on the show to talk about the 2013 NBA Playoffs. “Your guess is as good as mine,” Ewing candidly responded. He continued. “You know what? I’m putting in the work. I’ve been an assistant coach for nine, 10 years. I’m trying to learn my craft, become better at it. I really don’t know. All I can do is just continue to work, continue to knock on doors. Hopefully that one team will decide to give me an opportunity and give me the opportunity to be successful or to fail.” SNY Nets

May 13, 2013 Updates

Jerry Sloan confirms to FOX Sports Florida a USA Today report met with the Bucks regarding coach job. Details here Jerry Sloan said Monday that Milwaukee general manager John Hammond and Bucks executives Jeff Weltman and Billy McKinney all came down last week to his farm in Southern Illinois. “They came down. I was in Illinois. I’m back in Utah now,’’ said Sloan, who splits his time between his farm in Southern Illinois. “But I wouldn’t want to make any other comment.’’ Sulia

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the former Utah Jazz coach who resigned abruptly in Feb. 2011 has already met with the Milwaukee Bucks about their vacant coaching position and is being seriously considered. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the coaching search. USA Today Sports

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