This past summer a number of teams called Jerry Sloan to see if he had any interest in coming back to coaching — including some rosters with some talent like the Lakers — but nothing came of it.
Sloan left the Jazz in the middle of last season and went back to his farm, and it seemed like Sloan would stay there. Sloan is not the kind of guy who waffles on decisions, and he always seemed to have a life outside of basketball. Of course, he’s been part of a basketball team every fall for more than 50 years, so there has to be an itch.
Talking to the Salt Lake Tribune, Sloan sounded unconvinced he would return to the NBA. His wife, Tammy, on the other hand doesn’t see it that way.
“I don’t think you can ever say, ‘No,’ ” he said. “But I’m not agonizing over it, that’s for sure. I think I’ll always be able to find something to do.”
Tammy Sloan isn’t so sure.
“I just don’t see him staying retired,” she said. “I just can’t see that happening.”
I can, but then I’m not married to the man so I’ll defer here. It does have to be the right situation — an owner that Sloan respects, a veteran team that can win. Sloan is not coming back at age 70 to rebuild, it will be about a challenge he likes.
But there are worse coaches out there.
Andre Drummond is a terrible free-throw shooter…except, apparently, when he’s shooting from the other free-throw line. Monday night against the Raptors, Drummond cut Detroit’s deficit to five at the end of the third quarter with this three-quarter-court heave at the buzzer:
Now, if only he could work on his accuracy from his own free-throw line.
Not a lot has gone right for the Nets this season, but an impressive clutch shot by seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson gave them their 14th win of the season on Monday. With time expiring, Johnson banked in a long three-pointer to put Brooklyn up 105-104 over Denver and secure the victory:
Johnson had 12 points on the night.
For about a week, word has circulated throughout the NBA that George Karl’s days in Sacramento were numbered. They’ve lost eight of their last 10 games, and players have more or less checked out on him. Remember, it’s only been a year since the Kings unceremoniously ousted interim head coach Ty Corbin to bring Karl in, which came on the heels of their puzzling dismissal of Mike Malone in December 2014.
Now, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that the Kings have made the decision to let Karl go:
The decision itself isn’t surprising—it always seemed to be a matter of “when,” not “if” Karl would be fired. But the optics here are not good. If everybody knows it’s coming, it makes no sense to leak that the change is going to happen hours or even days before it’s made official.
The report of the Kings’ decision on Karl comes on the heels of a concerning bombshell Rajon Rondo dropped following Sacramento’s 120-100 loss to the Cavaliers on Monday night.
Via the Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Jones:
Sports Illustrated‘s Jake Fischer further reported that only three players indeed showed up on Monday morning:
That’s a bad look for everybody involved. An optional shootaround is more or less unheard of in the NBA, and if only three players bothered to come, that’s an unignorable sign that the team has quit on Karl.
Since he came into the league, Karl-Anthony Towns‘ offensive footwork has been unusually advanced for a rookie. He showed off his impressive moves again on Monday night, getting to the basket around Luke Babbitt with this spin: