Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, who last guided the Utah Jazz in 2011, is interested in returning to coach in the NBA, according to multiple reports.
Sloan is expected to interview for the vacant Charlotte Bobcats position later this week, according to ESPN, and will also be a candidate for the recently vacated Orlando Magic position. He was also previously mentioned as a potential candidate for the New York Knicks position, but the Knicks are expected to offer a long-term deal to interim coach Mike Woodson.
The former Jazz coach told the Salt Lake Tribune he has already spoken with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan about the position and acknowledged his interest in the position, even though the Bobcats posted the worst record in the NBA this season.
Obviously, you probably wouldn't win (a title) right off the bat, Sloan told the Tribune. But sometimes it's not all about starting on top.
Sloan had a stellar career with the Jazz before deciding to resign mid-season in 2011 after a dispute with point guard Deron Williams. Sloan is the only coach in NBA history to win more than 1,000 games with one team -- he has a career record of 1,221 regular season wins -- and could bring some sorely needed experience to a young, lackluster Bobcats team. He also guided the Jazz to 19 playoff appearances, including a few NBA Finals trips against Jordan's Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.
The Bobcats are also expected to reach out to former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder, and Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing, according to reports.