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That’s a remarkable reach forward for Corbin, showing the humility and self-confidence necessary to accept that help. The same is true for Dennis Lindsey, and all aspects of basketball operations, putting Sloan back on the payroll to help one and all do their jobs better.
It’s tricky business, Sloan communicating his strong opinions and straightforward words without crushing the tender feelings of those within the organization with official title and authority. If there is disagreement, how will it be settled?
Chances are good Sloan will do his work carefully, deep within the inner sanctum. "I want to help more in a quiet way," he said. Which is to say, he won’t be outwardly eclipsing Corbin, his former assistant, on the practice floor or Lindsey in the front office. "I’m not going to jump up in front of someone," he said.
Still, Sloan wouldn’t have taken the Jazz’s offer as an adviser if he thought it was ceremonial or that nobody would be paying attention. He’s too strong-willed for that, too proud, too sensitive, too far down the pike. That shouldn’t be a problem, though. There are no Deron Williamses in John Stockton’s clothing around the team now. When he talks, people listen. And maybe he’ll listen back.
He’s the Jazz’s version of E. F. Hutton.
He’s Jerry Freakin’ Sloan.
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