Sometimes you can take the man out of basketball; however you might not be able to remove the basketball from the man. After sitting on the sidelines for the last 15 months; former Utah Jazz bench boss Jerry Sloan told “The Salt Lake Tribune” that he has started to explore options that could lead to his return as a head coach in the Association. Sloan told the paper that he has had a phone conversation with Charlotte Bobcats Team Owner Michael Jordan about the team’s vacant coaching slot and will soon meet with Jordan face to face to see if they can come to terms to make Sloan the next head coach for the Bobcats.
Sloan also reportedly has expressed interest in the recently vacated bench boss slot with the Orlando Magic, as the team fired former coach Stan Van Gundy earlier this week. His history of coaching one of the best big men in the Association; former Jazz legend Karl Malone may make him an appealing candidate to All-Star center Dwight Howard, whom the Magic will try to lock up for the next few years by getting him to sign a contract extension this summer.
The former Jazz bench boss resigned his position in February of 2011, as he was going through a period of burnout and had developed a contentious relationship with the team’s All-Star guard Deron Williams. Sloan got extremely emotional when he addressed the media in the press conference held to announce his retirement; as he broke down a couple of times while speaking to reporters.
Jordan and Sloan’s names have been intertwined since the late nineties, as Jordan and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Jazz in back-to-back NBA Finals in 1997-1998. The former Jazz coach was in season number 23 on the compiled a record of 1221-803 during his years as a head coach.