Long-time coach Jerry Sloan re-joins Utah Jazz

jerry-sloanThe Utah Jazz-Jerry Sloan separation lasted all of two years. The 71-year old Sloan will re-join Utah Jazz, USA Today reported.

The Hall of Famer, who went to 19 playoff appearances and two NBA Finals in 23 years as Jazz head coach, will rejoin the organization as a senior basketball adviser, President Randy Rigby announced recently.

Sloan will work with players in the offseason and handle regional scouting, as well as clinics.

Sloan retired in the middle of the 2010-11 season despite a 31-23 record and a career mark of 1,221-803, which includes three years with the Chicago Bulls.

Tyrone Corbin, who played and served as an assistant under Sloan, replaced him and still is head coach.

“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.”

This is the second big reunion for the Jazz this offseason. Although Utah lost assistant coach Jeff Hornacek to Phoenix, the Jazz recently hired Hall of Fame power forward Karl Malone on a part-time basis to help tutor the team’s big men.

Could John Stockton be the next one to return to the fold?

“John is a great friend of the organization and is part of the Jazz family, and always will be,” Jazz president Randy Rigby said in a phone interview with the Deseret News. With a chuckle, he added, “There have been no discussions … yet.”

Sloan told the Deseret News two weeks ago that he’d been contacted about returning to the Jazz, but he wasn’t sure what the specific role would be.


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