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Ex-Jazz coach Jerry Sloan linked to New York Knicks; D'Antoni abruptly resigns

Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was linked to the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

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SI.com's Sam Amick mentioned Sloan as a possible candidate to replace New York coach Mike D'Antoni.

Amick wrote:

"An ESPN.com report published Tuesday night claimed D'Antoni had lost his locker room, as an anonymous source was quoted saying, 'He doesn't have the respect of the team anymore.' The report said it's unlikely D'Antoni would return as coach next season — if he survived this season at all.

While retired Lakers and Bulls coach Phil Jackson has frequently been named as a possible successor to D'Antoni, sources close to retired Utah coach Jerry Sloan say he would be interested in the position. Sloan retired abruptly in February 2011, and was pursued by a number of teams during the summer before resisting the recruiting efforts. In an interview with SI.com in early January, he said he was considering a return."

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported last summer Sloan had been contacted by multiple teams about returning to coaching and had declined all offers. Sloan has often said he'll consider any opportunity, but it has to be the right one for him to walk the sideline again.

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz

Update:

D'Antoni unexpectedly resigned Wednesday. He'll be replaced by Mike Woodson as interim coach. Woodson was as an assistant on D'Antoni's staff, and formerly served as Atlanta's head coach.

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski first reported D'Antoni's resignation.

Minutes after D'Antoni's decision to step down became public, Sloan's name shot to the top of Twitter's trending topics. He was joined there by former Chicago and Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who's also retired.



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