So much for riding off into the sunset.

Jerry Sloan’s name continues to be connected with virtually every NBA job that opens more than two years after abruptly resigning as coach of the Utah Jazz.

The list of teams reaching out to Sloan last summer included Portland, Charlotte and Orlando.

Already this spring, Sloan says "a couple" of teams have called to gauge his interest in a possible return to coaching, including Milwaukee.

Although he hasn’t pursued any of those jobs — the 71-year-old Sloan consistently has excused himself from the running after preliminary discussions — the fact he’s at least listening doesn’t surprise those who know him.

"He’s an old pro, and he misses it," said Frank Layden, another former Jazz coach who remains a trusted friend. "It’s just something that’s in his blood. He has a passion for it. … It’s hard for him to be away from the game."

Like Sloan, Layden resigned during the season. He stepped down in 1988 but never considered a comeback.