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Published: Tuesday, May 22 2012 9:42 p.m. MDT

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Penguin Inc.
Salt Lake City, Utah

That he doesn't want to come to Utah is proof he got dissed. What a shame. The team chose Deron over Jerr-bear.

Beverly
Eden, UT

I think Jerry Sloan still has his priorities squared away. He would rather "hook up his sprinklers" than talk nonsense to the media.

Old Timer
the boonies, mexico

It's over Jerry, go get a on one of your tractors and forget it. There is nothing worse than someone reaching the highest plateau, then hanging on and tarnishing all of those years of hard work with silly dreams. You certainly don't need the money. Bye, bye.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

To Penquin: Sloan never said he doesn't want to come back to Utah. In fact, because he misses coaching so soon after retiring indicates he enjoyed coaching in Utah... since that's basicaly the only place he coached. The simple fact of the matter is that Utah doesn't currently have an opening for a coach. Had he mentioned Utah as a possibility, it would've only stirred up controversy involving Utah's current young and relatively inexperienced coach. Sloan is too classy to do that. As such, he mentioned only the 2 teams that are currently in the market for new coaches. Seems to make perfect sense.
Sloan's overall record, plus the fact he's a Hall-of-Fame coach indicates he will probably be an asset to whichever team hires him. Also, because he was the Utah coach for 26 consecutive years indicates he has the important ability to get along with both owners and players... something not every coach in the NBA has.
Good luck to you, Coach Sloan. It will be interesting to see what happens next in your long and ongoing career. Unlike "Old Timer", I believe you still have more to offer.

Basketballogy
Orem, UT

Well said, Tators.

Jerry Sloan is a great coach to be sure, but he comes with a highly structured half court offense -- something not all players adapt to equally as well.

If Sloan were to land in Orlando, I think he would make Dwight Howard miss Stan Van Gundy.

I do think Sloan would fit in well in Miami though, and more importantly, Miami would fit in VERY well with Sloan's system.

If you thought the combination of forward Karl Malone and guard John Stockton blossomed in Sloan's system, just think how dominate forward LeBron James and guard Dwayne Wade would do! It would be boring to watch, but Sloan would definitely tilt Miami toward using their strengths better.

Sloan would be miserable in Charlotte though. By all appearances, the management of that team is too dysfunctional and would drive Sloan back into retirement faster than Rudy Tomjonovich left the Lakers (after just 41 games).

I wouldn't mind seeing Sloan AND Phil Jackson come back to basketball. It would be very interesting to observe their approaches and their results.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

I think we should just tell Corbin that Sloan was on a sabbatical. Then call Deron Williams and tell him Sloan is ready to kiss and make up.

Then we would have a coach, and a PG who could actually make a decent assist to feed the beast that is Favors.

What a force that would be for years to come.

Oh ya, and get rid of Al Jefferson.

If anyone has observed anything about the teams winning in the playoffs it is that they don't have one player that stands and holds the ball, and holds the ball, and holds the ball, and holds the ball, waits for the defenses to get set and the double and triple teams to arrive THEN forces up a shot.

The ball moves FAST on good offenses this is why the Jazz will be stuck wallowing in mediocrity as long as AJ is the focal point of any offense. The old/aging Tim Duncan stopped Jefferson with one arthritic arm tied behind his back.

Jefferson needs to be gone yesterday.

Good luck to you Jerry!

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

I would have to think long and hard about hiring even Phil Jackson, if he were 70. I certainly wouldn't hire Jerry.

Sloan was the face of the Jazz for more than a quarter century. Don't spoil that legacy for a three-year postscript, Jerry. You'll be miserable. Enjoy riding your tractor while you're still able. Soon you won't be able to do that either.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

I have to agree with Iowa Jazz Fan 2. I do think Sloan and especially Jackson would fit in the right situation though. But what that is could be unlikely to materialize.

forgetyourself
Layton, UT

I would love to see how Jerry does against Corbin in a matchup that is only if he gets the job in Orlando. I am not sure how long he will last though. Teams now days tend to side with players over there coaches.

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