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Jerry Sloan still willing to return to NBA, whip your team into shape


When the talk of filling coaching vacancies candidates usually fall into a couple clear categories. One is your up and coming assistants — Brian Shaw, Mike Malone, etc. Another is recycle coaches who want another shot, your Nate McMillan and Stan Van Gundy types.

But Jerry Sloan is still out there, too.

The long-time Jazz coach and noted old-school disciplinarian told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida (via Sulia) he would come back to the game. But not just for any team (so don’t bother, Bobcats).

“Yeah, probably, if I thought it would be the right situation,’’ Sloan, a Hall of Famer, told FOX Sports Florida on Thursday about still being interested in coaching.

“I’ve not aware of any (interest from teams with vacancies),’’ Sloan said. “I haven’t said hello to anybody.’’

Again, Sloan is 71 and not exactly a guy who is going to be warm and fuzzy with your young, developing players. He’s more of a tough love guy. He’s not a fit everywhere.

But if you want to create a team identity, to run a system where the ball and the players move, where there is accountability, he could be your guy. It just has too be the right fit for both sides.

Chris Bosh with between-the-legs pass to cutting Dwyane Wade (VIDEO)

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Miami is going to be a lot of fun to watch this season (if they can stay healthy).

They’ve got athletic, active players who want to run, who move off the ball, and they have good passers. For example, watch Chris Bosh go between the legs to Dwyane Wade in the Heat’s preseason game Sunday.

Bosh had 14 points, and Wade had a dozen, but Charlotte won the exhibition.


Blake Griffin pre-game dunk knocks down shot clock

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The Clippers went north of the border to take on the Raptors in an exhibition game, but it was on the West Coast of Canada in one of the world’s prettiest cities — Vancouver. The two played at the Rogers Arena.

Where, they may want to upgrade the shot clocks behind the backboards. Watch over the shoulder of the Clippers announcers as Griffin dunks in warmups.

Notice that DeAndre Jordan loves this.

Nice to see Griffin dunking like his old self again. If you want another view, the NBA retweeted this.