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Sloan interested in coaching vacancies


08:10 AM ET 05.23 | Almost synonymous with the Jazz, former coach Jerry Sloan is interested in returning to the sidelines somewhere else. Sloan told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday that he has talked to Charlotte owner Michael Jordan about the Bobcats' job and could meet with him as early as this week. Earlier in the day, Sloan told Fox Sports Florida that he would consider taking the job in Orlando, if it were ever offered. The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith on Monday. Reached at his farm outside McLeansboro, Ill., Sloan made it clear he would like to return to coaching after being away from basketball for 15 months. Sloan resigned as coach of the Jazz in February of 2011, citing fatigue after 23 seasons.

The Salt Lake Tribune

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May 23, 2012  08:15 AM ET

He must be desperate if he is talking about the Bobcats...

May 23, 2012  08:33 AM ET

or the lakers

May 23, 2012  08:42 AM ET

Not the Bobcats Coach! Magic would be a good destination or Clippers if VDN gets the boot! Be nice to see him back in Utah though!

May 23, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Doesn't appear to be any good openings for a coach with class like Sloan

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May 23, 2012  08:55 AM ET

The game has passed him by. He's a great coach but he's a relic. Sadly there is no place for a guy like him now.

... but nothing a great coach is just that and when you are the Bobcats you look at everybody! All hands on deck! They said the game passed bob knight by then he went to a sweet 16.

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May 23, 2012  09:06 AM ET

The game has passed him by. He's a great coach but he's a relic. Sadly there is no place for a guy like him now.

Doc, I have to disagree with Sloan being a relic. He is of the same ilk as Popovich, and the Spurs are in the Western conference Finals. (Of course, it doesn't hurt to have Duncan, Parker and Ginobili).

He can still relate to players - players that are actually mature, team (rather than self) -focused and disciplined - but there aren't too many of those kinds of players any more; and that's effect of guaranteed multi-million dollar contracts.

On another note, I hope he doesn't end up in Charlotte. That would be an awful sequel to a great coaching career. Go to a contender Jerry!

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May 23, 2012  09:15 AM ET

The players are a different crop of character, or lack thereof (depending on your point of view). Generally these guys now won't buy what Jerry is selling. They'll belly ache, complain, and eventually withdraw from him. He's not going to coddle them and tell them what they want to hear. Sloan is a guy who expects results and the dedication it takes to get them. Unless he somehow falls into a situations with another tandem like Stockton and Malone who command respect through hard play and leadership by example thereby helping him to do his job, Sloan will be at a severe disadvantage. Add to that the fact that the NBA today is about immediate and sustained results with no patience to build anything long term, and old school guys like Jerry don't have much of a chance within the new world order.

Nice Analysis Doc!!!!

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May 23, 2012  09:28 AM ET

It Is Nice To Get Paid, Bro.

May 23, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Ultimately the reason to coach is to try and win.......Why take a gig like Charlotte if there is 0% chamce of winning?Take a job with the nba, go promote the game overseas or something.

When something is in your blood I don't care if someone offers you a zillion dollars to do something else... your natural inclination will be to go back to that thing. Why do you think some mothers like to give it up anywhere anyhow?

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May 23, 2012  10:12 AM ET

The NYK should be lining up for Jerry. I am clueless as to why they're not even trying PJ or Sloan.
Knicks kinda wanna be like the Hawks it seems.

May 23, 2012  10:13 AM ET

lol - JGB - Talking from experience...?



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