Posted May 16, 2013 7:32 PM
Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has decided he is not interested in the Milwaukee Bucks' head coaching job after meeting with Bucks officials last week, according to veteran agent Keith Glass, who is advising Sloan on potential head coaching jobs.
USA Today reported Monday that Sloan was being "seriously considered" for the position after meeting with Bucks officials. Milwaukee, which announced after its first-round playoff exit that it would not be bringing back interim coach Jim Boylan, has already interviewed former Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, Rockets assistant coaches Kelvin Sampson and J.B. Bickerstaff and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford for the position.
"The bottom line is, Jerry doesn't really feel it's the right fit for him right now," Glass said Thursday. "He's interested (in coaching again). He's in Chicago now watching the Pre-Draft. And his name keeps popping up with every job, and he hasn't applied for anything. He had a real nice meeting with them. They came to see him on his farm (in downstate Illinois). They had a great meeting just in terms of liking each other. (Bucks general manager) John Hammond said 'I wish I could have stayed and watched the game with him.' It's just not the right fit for Jerry, from Jerry's point of view. That's not a negative thing; that's just the reality."
The Bucks reached an agreement to mutually part ways with former coach Scott Skiles in January, after the team declined to give Skiles a contract extension last summer and Skiles indicated he didn't want one after the season. Skiles, who is officially represented by Glass, had grown frustrated with the pace of the Bucks' rebuilding process as well.
Glass said that Sloan, third on the all-time coaching wins list with 1,221 victories, would be interested in coaching a playoff-level team.
"Jerry probably is a lot like Scott, in that the working conditions and where the team is (contender-wise) are important," Glass said. "For Jerry to go to a place that's going to take years to build—and I'm not talking about Milwaukee, I'm talking about anywhere—that's just not right for him. They have to be able to compete. Jerry is a competitor, and he wants to compete and teach."
The 71-year-old Sloan, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, spent 22 seasons in Utah as the Jazz's head coach before suddenly resigning in February, 2011, saying he'd lost the energy for the job. Reports out of Salt Lake City indicated Sloan had tired of confrontations with star point guard Deron Williams -- who was subsequently traded to the then-New Jersey Nets, after the Jazz, fearing Williams would leave via free agency a year later, decided to be proactive, getting a package of young players and draft picks for Williams.
Sloan turned down the Blazers' head coaching job last year, and pulled out of the Bobcats' coaching search last summer after interviewing there.
"Guys like Jerry, who are Hall of Famers, they can peruse the landscape—and work or not work," Glass said.
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