That didn’t last long.
Jerry Sloan’s separation from the Utah Jazz lasted only two years. Sloan originally retired in the middle of the 2010-2011 season but has now decided to re-join the team as a senior basketball advisor.
Sloan originally was said to have retired – in part – due to conflict with then point guard Deron Williams. As many of you may know by now, Williams has been given the label of ‘coach killer’ by several critics.
With a career coaching record of 1,221-803, Sloan is highly regarded as one of the better coaches to ever grace the NBA. He was never a flashy name like Phil Jackson, but is right up there in terms of respect.
“In my new role with the Jazz franchise, I hope to help the basketball operations staff and Ty in any way that I can to achieve their goals,” Sloan said. “I would like to thank the Miller family for the opportunity to be part of the organization again.”
Sloan will join a familiar face in Tyrone Corbin, the man who replaced him when he stepped down from head coach. Corbin is also very familiar with Sloan after having played for him in the early 1990’s.
“I am glad Jerry is going to continue to be involved with our organization,” said Corbin. “We will benefit from his wealth of basketball experience. I am looking forward to his continued contributions.”
With a lot of change surely to come this offseason especially in regards to their own free agents hitting the market, Sloan will be a phenomenal asset to the team when figuring out what direction the team is headed.