There'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 →
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 →
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.
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
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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
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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.
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.