Sloan then recalled being tossed when the Jazz were trailing the Clippers by 15. As he left the court, Sloan looked at Johnson and sarcastically said, "Win this one."
The Jazz lost that one.
"I didn't give him much of a rope," Sloan said. "I didn't want him to get too cocky."
Sloan again hinted that his coaching career might not be over.
"Yeah, I miss coaching," he said.
The 69-year-old remains in good shape and feels re-energized. He's been approached by NBA teams, but the situation hasn't been right to return.
"I'll just see what happens," Sloan said. "If there's interest, there is. If there's no interest, that's fine too."
As for Johnson, he misses the people he dealt with in his basketball career, and teaching. But could he see himself returning, with or without Sloan?
"I don't think you can ever say never," he said, "but I'm saying probably not."
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