As his head coaching career wore on, Jerry Sloan made it no secret that he might come to work one day and decide it was time to move on.
Back working for the Utah Jazz this season — after more than two years away following his abrupt resignation in February 2011 — Sloan isn’t about to make any long-term promises this time.
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"I don’t think it’s a number of years thing," the Hall of Fame coach said Friday. "I think it’s just a day-to-day thing, as far as the way I look at the whole thing. I’m Utah Jazz, I think everybody knows that. But the light gets a little dimmer as time goes by because I’m 71 years old."
For now, though, Sloan is enjoying being back in basketball, and he is working to figure out his new role as a senior basketball adviser to the team he led for 23 years.
"I’m just trying to find my way," he said. "I’ve never had a job like this before. I don’t have any guidelines to go by."
So far, Sloan’s job has consisted of some scouting duties and providing some insight to his replacement, Jazz coach Ty Corbin.
"I’m here to help any way they might ask me and to be out of the way when it’s my time to be out of the way," Sloan said.
Sloan has indeed been hesitant to impose.
"Too much so," Corbin said. "The one thing especially early on that I didn’t want to happen, and I know how much he loves basketball and loves the Utah Jazz, is for him not to come around because he was afraid of getting in my way. I love having him around because he’s a great guy."
Sloan isn’t at every practice, but most days he can be spotted sitting on the bleachers at the Zions Bank Basketball Center, watching the young Jazz team working to get better.
"It’s just basketball," Sloan said when asked what he’s appreciated most about his return to the Jazz organization. "You watch guys, practice, watch them try to do their job every day. That’s what I enjoy. I go to a lot of practices. I don’t want to bother them. I just sit and watch practice. I just enjoy it."
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