Jerry Sloan is back with the Utah Jazz. The Hall of Fame coach has been hired in a front-office position by the team he led to two NBA Finals and coached for 23 years, a source confirmed to the Deseret News. The 71-year-old Sloan will take on a role of senior basketball adviser, mostly helping out with scouting on the professional and college ranks, among other duties. “In my new role with the Jazz franchise, I hope to help the basketball operations staff and Ty (Corbin) in any way that I can to achieve their goals,” Sloan said in a statement released by the team's PR staff. “I would like to thank the Miller family for the opportunity to be part of the organization again.” Sloan has been with the Jazz coaches and front staff on almost a daily basis for the past month while the team has prepared for the June 27 NBA Draft and the upcoming free-agency period. He also attended the Chicago NBA Draft Combine at the Jazz's invitation in May. This is the second big reunion for the Jazz this month. Utah recently hired Hall of Fame power forward Karl Malone to be a part-time coach for the team's big men. Sloan told the Deseret News two weeks ago that he'd been contacted about returning to the Jazz, but he wasn't sure what the specific role would be. "I don't want to get in anybody's way," he said at the time, very aware of the precarious situation he'd be in by returning with his replacement, Tyrone Corbin, in his old position. Corbin, who played and coached under Sloan in Utah, is happy to welcome his old boss back to the team. “I am glad Jerry is going to continue to be involved with our organization,” Corbin, who has been unavailable to speak to the media since his team's locker cleanout on April 18, said in a statement. "We will benefit from his wealth of basketball experience. I am looking forward to his continued contributions." Sloan has been out of a job since he abruptly and shockingly resigned in Feb. 2011 after multiple locker room run-ins and disagreements with All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
Utah Jazz hire Jerry Sloan as senior basketball adviser
The Deseret News | Jun 19