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Utah Jazz: Could Jerry Sloan come out of retirement?

Published: Sunday, April 3 2011 7:37 p.m. MDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jerry Sloan might not be buying himself a rocking chair for his front porch as a retirement present after all.

According to a report, the 69-year-old Hall of Fame coach would consider returning to the NBA — and coming out of his unexpected retirement — if the right offer were made.

Citing a source who spoke with the recently resigned Jazz coach, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported this weekend that Sloan will not pursue a coaching gig, but "Sloan would listen if another team approached him."

The report claimed Sloan, who doesn't have an agent, will not have anybody campaign for him.

However, Sloan was quoted by Yahoo! Sports on Sunday as saying that he remains unsure of his future.

"I have no idea where I'll be," Sloan said, "because I haven't given any thought to that sort of thing. I'd like to give you a concrete answer, but I really don't know."

At his abrupt resignation press conference in February, Sloan didn't appear interested in coaching elsewhere after spending the past 23 seasons as Utah's bench boss. He said his energy level wasn't high enough any longer to continue with the daily grind.

"I'm not looking for another job," he said at the time. "My wife has a job for me at home."

Sloan has spoken with his replacement, Tyrone Corbin, on multiple occasions in the weeks since his resignation. But, the new Jazz coach said, "He hasn't talked to me about it."

Corbin, who has a multi-year contract with the Jazz, said he'd be all for Sloan returning to an NBA bench.

"God bless him," said Corbin, who coached under Sloan for seven years and also played for him. "I think he's a guy that has worked so hard and deserves to be able to do whatever he decides to do in this league."

But Corbin has received no indication that Sloan will return. The Hall of Famer seemed to have been enjoying time off in Illinois and Utah.

"I know he was happy the times I've talked to him of being off and being free with his time," Corbin said. "He's been doing it for 20-some-odd years in a row head coaching and 30-some-odd years playing and coaching.

"If he decided to come back, I would be happy for him because that's what he wanted to do," he added. "And I think some franchise around this league would be extremely blessed to be able to get a guy with his qualities."

Corbin would even embrace the challenge of coaching against Sloan.

"It would be interesting. I know my team better be ready because his team's always going to compete and he they're going to be prepared and he's going to be very, very competitive to try to win the ballgame."

Added Corbin: "It would be a great, great time for me just to have a chance to coach against a guy that I worked for and I learned a lot from, and if that's what he decides to do I'm happy for him."

NOT SURPRISED: Some fans might have been caught off guard that Kyle Weaver put up a 19-point outing in just his second game in a Jazz uniform after joining the team out of the D-League on Thursday.

But Earl Watson sure wasn't.

"I was with Weaver at Oklahoma City, and so I know he can play," Watson said. "So I'm not surprised by anything he do. He can play at a number of positions. He's skilled. When he gets comfortable, he can be effective in a lot of ways."

Weaver credited Watson with being an effective teacher and mentor. They played together with the Thunder during Weaver's rookie season of 2008-09.

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