Steve Luhm: Former Jazz coach/prez Frank Layden sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during 7th inning stretch of SLC-Vegas playoff game.
Frank Layden Rumors
Although he hasn’t pursued any of those jobs — the 71-year-old Sloan consistently has excused himself from the running after preliminary discussions — the fact he’s at least listening doesn’t surprise those who know him. “He’s an old pro, and he misses it,” said Frank Layden, another former Jazz coach who remains a trusted friend. “It’s just something that’s in his blood. He has a passion for it. … It’s hard for him to be away from the game.”
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.”