The Milwaukee Bucks‘ head coaching search continues in earnest this week, except now with a certain Hall of Famer in the mix. USA Today broke the story about the organization having serious interest in long-time Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan.
I’ve recently written about the net Bucks general John Hammond is casting, specifically with Stan Van Gundy and Kelvin Sampson. Both are very intriguing candidates, but I would consider Sloan about as a great an option.
“It’s just been conversation more than anything else,” Sloan told the Salt Lake Tribune. “I’ll explore it and see what’s going on. It’s mostly been people checking on what I’m doing, what my wishes are and how I’m thinking.”
There are a lot of both known and unknowns here. We know of all the great work Sloan did over decades with the Jazz, including coaching two Hall of Famers in Karl Malone and John Stockton. We know he took the Jazz to consecutive Western Conference titles and was only felled by Michael Jordan‘s dastardly, unstoppable Chicago Bulls dynasty.
However, I’d love to see him paired with a gritty youngster like Larry Sanders and watch Sloan get back in the game one last time. I would assume Sloan is very interested in getting back at it too, especially after reading this excerpt:
“Nowadays he’s listening to anyone who can reach him,” according to the Deseret News’ Brad Rock. “He told me last winter he felt healthy, invigorated. He showed up at just a few Jazz games in that first 15 months after retirement. This season you couldn’t buy a soda without bumping into him. He was there almost every night, trying to look inconspicuous.”