Jerry Sloan to reunite with Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are bringing back Hall of Famer and former Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan as a senior basketball advisor after Sloan’s two years apart from the organization.
Sloan will be joining the organization on a multi-year deal reports the AP, he is being brought in to help coach Ty Corbin and help evaluate players. Jazz President Randy Rigby has said that his responsibilities will include working with the players during the offseason and handling clinics, according to USA Today.
Sloan had left the team in 2011 after a long, hard season of tension between him and then Jazz guard Deron Williams.
“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.”
Utah’s Desert News had previously reported that Sloan and the Jazz had had preliminary talks about Sloan returning to the organization in a then unspecified capacity. Sloan has been a huge part of the Utah Jazz history and it is not surprising that he is returning to the organization.
“Being in basketball has kind of saved my life,” Sloan said on 1280 The Zone radio network. “You feel like you want to jump off a tall building after being away from it for a couple of years.”
Seems like Sloan and Jazz have made a perfect match at a perfect time as the Jazz hope to Sloan can show the team how to win once again.