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.