Sloan will interview with Bobcats on Friday
Sam Amick of SI.com talked Thursday to former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, who had a couple of interesting things to say.
Sloan told me Tuesday he wanted to return to coaching and had talked to Charlotte owner Michael Jordan about the Bobcats' vacant job. Sloan also said he would interview with Charlotte officials later this week, after he returned to Utah from his farm in McLeansboro, Ill.
Sloan told Amick the interview with the Bobcats will take place on Friday. Some other highlights:
SI.com: Are you 100 percent interested in that [Charlotte] job, or is this a two-way feeling-out process at all?
Sloan: I wouldn't talk to them if I wasn't interested. I wouldn't waste their time. That's not something I'm interested in doing. But I have no idea, and they probably have no idea about me, so I don't know. I guess that's why we're meeting.
SI.com: You spent most of your coaching life going to the arena expecting to win almost every single night. Do you think it would be quite an adjustment to take on a job like Charlotte (which finished with a record-low .106 winning percentage)?
Sloan: You've got to realize that I played on an expansion team in my second year [the 1966-67 Chicago Bulls]. We were supposed to win 10 games. And you deal with a bunch of guys who are willing to work and put in a lot of effort, you never know what can happen. We won 33 games, and I think we were the only expansion team to make the playoffs. That, to me, was an interesting thing to be involved with. I don't mean to say that [the Bobcats] are an expansion team, but they've struggled some and you never know. Maybe the minds work together and something comes out of it. Maybe they don't. I don't know.
SI.com: But you definitely want back in?
Sloan: After a period of time off, and a chance to get away from it, I think that helped me decide to see what's out there [coaching-wise] and see what's going on. You'd like for it to be a situation where you think you have a chance to work and put something together that's worthwhile. There are other [coaching candidates] who are as anxious and as excited as I am, and they are really good coaches too. I don't think I'm the only person out there.
-- Steve Luhm
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