Report: Jerry Sloan will not be coaching Milwaukee Bucks
Take Jerry Sloan's name out of the hat for the Milwaukee Bucks' head coach position.
The former Utah Jazz coach met with the Milwaukee Bucks and was reportedly "seriously considered" for that franchise's head coaching vacancy, but TNT's David Aldridge reported that he will not be taking the position.
"After meeting with Bucks," Aldridge wrote on Twitter, "HOF coach Jerry Sloan decides he's not interested in Milwaukee job."
"The bottom line is, Jerry doesn't really feel it's the right fit for him right now," veteran agent Keith Glass, Sloan's job-hunting adviser, told Aldridge.
"He's interested (in coaching again). He's in Chicago now watching the Pre-Draft. And his name keeps popping up with every job, and he hasn't applied for anything. He had a real nice meeting with them. They came to see him on his farm. They had a great meeting just in terms of liking each other."
According to Aldridge, Bucks GM John Hammond told Glass, "'I wish I could have stayed and watched the game with him.' It's just not the right fit for Jerry, from Jerry's point of view. That's not a negative thing; that's just the reality."
The 71-year-old Sloan, whose name continues to pop up in reports and rumors for coaching jobs, has been seen the past couple of days helping the Jazz at the NBA combine in Chicago.
Earlier this week, USA Today first reported that Sloan had met with the Bucks, who traveled to his farm in McLeansboro, Ill., for the visit. Milwaukee is looking to fill the void left by Scott Skiles' midseason departure. Assistant Jim Boylan (not the former Utah coach) took over on an interim basis but was let go after the Bucks' first-round sweep.
Glass said that Sloan, third on the all-time coaching wins list with 1,221 victories, would be interested in coaching a playoff-level team.
"Jerry probably is a lot like Scott (Skiles), in that the working conditions and where the team is (contender-wise) are important," Glass told NBA.com's Aldridge. "For Jerry to go to a place that's going to take years to build — and I'm not talking about Milwaukee, I'm talking about anywhere — that's just not right for him. They have to be able to compete. Jerry is a competitor, and he wants to compete and teach."
Another recent report claimed that Sloan might be reunited with Deron Williams in Brooklyn, but the USA Today reported that that "is not on the horizon."
Sloan has been out of the league since his shocking resignation in February 2011, which ended his 23-year tenure as the Jazz's head coach.
Sloan has previously taken his name out of the running for openings in Portland and Charlotte.
"Guys like Jerry, who are Hall of Famers," Glass added, "they can peruse the landscape — and work or not work."
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