Jason Kidd, Deron Williams

AP

Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams has, according to some naysayers, earned the reputation as a coach killer: he reportedly caused his former Utah Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan to retire after a dispute over how the team should be run a few years back, and criticized former Nets coach Avery Johnson's offensive system just days before Johnson was fired as Brooklyn's head coach last winter.

After last night's preseason win over the Miami Heat, Williams sounded off about his reputation as a "coach killer" and how he likes his offense to be run.... MORE →

 

Jerry Sloan, Deron WilliamsThere's always been major speculation surrounding the tenuous relationship between former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and former Jazz point guard/current Brooklyn Nets franchise player Deron Williams. The oft-told story is that Sloan's strained relationship with Williams, branded a "coach killer," forced him into retirement.

For the first time, Jazz CEO Greg Miller spoke with reporters about the incident, which he says he wrote down in a journal and kept to himself for the past two years.... MORE →

 

Jason Kidd (AP)

A brief roundup of everything about the current Brooklyn Nets coach search, including the news that one major candidate met with the Nets -- today.... MORE →

 

Lionel Hollins? George Karl? Brian Shaw? Who should Brooklyn want? (AP)

It's June 8th, and the Brooklyn Nets are still without a head coach after letting P.J. Carlesimo go on May 5th after a first-round loss to the Chicago Bulls. With all of the candidates out there (we think!), we take a look at the top 3 choices from three of our writers.... MORE →

 

Jerry Sloan

Jerry Sloan (AP)

When Deron Williams was in Utah with the Utah Jazz, he and then-coach Jerry Sloan clashed repeatedly -- so forcefully and consistently that some reports indicated it led to Sloan's retirement from basketball after 23 seasons.

After the Nets let P.J. Carlesimo go, Williams told reporters that despite those past issues he'd "love" to play for Jerry Sloan again, making him a de facto candidate for the Brooklyn Nets job. Sloan himself said that he'd listen if the Nets called him.

But now it looks like if Sloan returns to basketball, it might be with the team that he made his legend with. Sloan has been contacted by the Utah Jazz about a return to basketball in an unspecified capacity, according to Jody Genessy of the Deseret News. Sloan attended many of the team's home games this season as well as the Jazz pre-draft workout, according to the report.

"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."

It sounds like if the 71-year-old Sloan returns to basketball, it likely won't be in a coaching capacity, and it'll be with Utah.

More: Deseret News -- Utah Jazz have talked to Jerry Sloan about coming back to the organization

 

Mikhail Prokhorov

Who will be Mikhail Prokhorov's first Brooklyn coaching hire? (AP)

LATEST UPDATE: Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has met with the Milwaukee Bucks about their open coaching position, and a reunion with Deron Williams in Brooklyn looks unlikely. More

Update: An insider tells NetsDaily that Phil Jackson is the only candidate the Nets have contacted so far. More

Update: Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge tells WEEI radio that he expects Doc Rivers back on the sidelines for Boston next year. More

Update: Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is a team on Brooklyn's radar, should the Grizzlies decide not to re-sign Hollins after this season. More

Update: Despite earlier reports that both sides aren't interested, Jeff Van Gundy could still get a call from Brooklyn. More

Update: Brooklyn isn't the only team looking at Brian Shaw. More

Update: Jerry Sloan says he's spoken with a couple of teams. More

The Brooklyn Nets have opened up perhaps the most important coaching search in franchise history -- with the team finally in Brooklyn, with a talent-laden roster that wasn't properly utilized in its first year, the direction the team takes with its next coach could set up the next decade of relevance. Here's a command central of every coach connected to the search -- even if, at this time, they're not being considered for the position. Things change in an instant, after all.

Start with: Larry Brown

Larry Brown | Mike Dunleavy | Lionel Hollins | Phil Jackson | Nate McMillan | Doc Rivers | Brian Shaw | Scott Skiles | Jerry Sloan | Jeff Van Gundy | Stan Van Gundy

 

Williams with Jerry Sloan in 2008. (AP)

About two weeks before Deron Williams left the Utah Jazz in February 2011, Jerry Sloan retired from coaching after 23 years with the Utah Jazz. Sloan, now 71, retired midseason under murky circumstances; it was reported that his rocky relationship with Williams was a factor in his decision. But now it appears the coaching itch is back, and Williams's presence doesn't matter.

In a phone interview with Comcast Sports Net Northwest, Sloan said he was "open" to a coaching opportunity with Brooklyn. “I haven't done the research on their roster, but I would definitely listen if they called," Sloan added.

Billy King said Monday on ESPN that he has not made any calls, and the next coach would have to be someone he agrees with philosophically about basketball. In 23 years with Utah, Sloan coached a simplified pick-and-roll flex style offense to perfection with players like John Stockton, Karl Malone, Williams, Carlos Boozer, and more.

Sloan finished with just one losing season in his years with the Jazz, finishing his overall coaching career with a .603 winning percentage, 1,221 wins, and a 98-104 playoff record.

 

Nominees already suggested in the forums include:

Jerry Sloan
Phil Jackson
Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Seinfeld
The Van Gundys
Butch Beard
John Calipari
Patrick Ewing

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