As many of the open coaching positions in the NBA begin to be filled, the chances become slimmer that Jerry Sloan will find himself back on a bench anytime soon. But he could still make his return to the league in an as-yet unspecified role.
Sloan, who abruptly resigned in 2011 in his 23rd season as head coach of the Utah Jazz, could be coming back to the organization. The team has had a preliminary discussion with Sloan about a return, the Deseret News reports, although it is not clear what his job would be. It sounds fairly certain that current head coach Tyrone Corbin‘s job is safe, though.
“That’s a situation that’s strictly up to Ty or somebody in the Jazz organization,” Sloan told the Deseret News’ Jody Genessy. “If they want me around, fine. If they don’t, [fine]. They’d talked to me a little bit about it a little earlier.”
Sloan attended the Jazz’s predraft workout in Salt Lake City and accompanied Corbin and a few members of the front office to the draft combine in Chicago.
Every other head coach from the Jazz’s Utah era has gone on to take a non-coaching role within the organization. Tom Nissalke has done TV work, and Frank Layden became team president after Sloan replaced him as coach early in the 1988-89 season. Former players have found positions within the organization as well. Jeff Hornacek was a part-time assistant coach from 2007-11 and a full-time assistant until last month, when the Suns hired him as their head coach. Karl Malone recently joined the team in an advisory capacity, coaching Utah’s young big men.