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Sloan plans to extend coaching career with Jazz

Published November 7, 2010 10:26 pm

NBA • Utah coach is just 17 wins behind Pat Riley for third on all-time list.
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Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said Sunday that he will likely soon sign a contract extension with the team.

"It's just a matter of time and we'll probably we get it worked out," Sloan said. "This is how we do it every year. … I'm really not concerned about it."

Sloan, 68, has coached Utah for 23 seasons since joining the franchise in 1988. He has led the Jazz to 19 playoff appearances, including consecutive runs from 1988-2003 and 2006-10.

Sloan is 17 wins behind Pat Riley for third all-time on the NBA coaching victories list, and has compiled 1,193 victories during 26 seasons guiding Chicago and Utah.

He officially signed on Aug. 5 to coach the Jazz this season. Sloan has annually made a decision about each upcoming campaign by late December, and then used the offseason to evaluate his desire about returning to the team.

Utah (3-3) is engaged in its biggest rebuilding year since 2005-06, when the team finished 41-41 after acquiring point guard Deron Williams with the No. 3 overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft. The Jazz lost key players Carlos Boozer, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver over the summer, while the additions of veteran Al Jefferson and rookies Gordon Hayward and Jeremy Evans have initially created a team in search of a new identity.

Messages left for Jazz general manager Kevin O' Connor and team president Randy Rigby about Sloan's extension were not immediately returned.