Jazz notes: Sloan says he has no plans to return

Published April 4, 2011 2:30 pm
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Sacramento, Calif. • Nothing has changed for Jerry Sloan.

After retiring less than two months ago as the Jazz's coach, the Hall of Famer told The Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday that he is not planning to return to basketball, expressing uncertainty about how his name was linked to a possible comeback.

Refuting a report Sunday that he would seriously consider returning to the coaching ranks if the right situation was presented to him, Sloan said that he hasn't thought about walking the sideline again.

"I don't know where that came from," Sloan said. "It sounds like somebody threw it out there. … But that's not my game."

Sloan and longtime Utah assistant Phil Johnson unexpectedly resigned Feb. 10.

Johnson told The Tribune on Sunday that he has no interest in coaching again, and does not think that his lifelong friend does, either.

"In our business, you can never say never," Johnson said. "I just doubt either one of us would coach again. That's just a feeling."

He added: "It was time to get out of it. That's the bottom line."

Sloan acknowledged that he is unsure what would happen if an NBA team contacted him with a job offer. But he has not considered returning since ending his career, so "it's something that wouldn't be fair to even talk about."

"I certainly don't want it to be a situation where every time a job opens up, my name comes up. … I'm retired and, hopefully, I'll be able to enjoy it," Sloan said.

First-year Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin — who is just 5-18 since taking over for Sloan — has remained in contact with his mentor. Yet Corbin has received no indication that Sloan would give up the comforts of retirement for a professional return.

"God bless him, man," said Corbin prior to Utah's 106-97 loss Sunday to the Sacramento Kings. "I think he's a guy that's worked so hard and deserves to be able to do whatever he decides to do in this league."

Harris sits sixth straight

Jazz point guard Devin Harris missed his sixth consecutive game due to a strained right hamstring.



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