The Utah Jazz-Jerry Sloan separation lasted all of two years.
The Hall of Famer, who went to 19 playoff appearances and two NBA Finals in 23 years as Jazz head coach, will rejoin the organization as a senior basketball adviser, President Randy Rigby announced Wednesday. Sloan will work with players in the offseason and handle regional scouting, as well as clinics.
Sloan retired in the middle of the 2010-11 season despite a 31-23 record and a career mark of 1,221-803, which includes three years with the Chicago Bulls. Tyrone Corbin, who played and served as an assistant under Sloan, replaced him and still is head coach.
“In my new role with the Jazz franchise, I hope to help the basketball operations staff and Ty in any way that I can to achieve their goals,” Sloan said. “I would like to thank the Miller family for the opportunity to be part of the organization again.”.
Sloan’s final season with the Jazz was marred by tension between him and point guard Deron Williams, who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets. Sloan and Williams have put the disputes behind them, and Sloan apparently has come to peace with the organization as well.
His run with Karl Malone and John Stockton was one of the most successful in NBA history, piecing together 16 consecutive winning seasons and reaching the memorable 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, where the Jazz lost to the Bulls.
“I am glad Jerry is going to continue to be involved with our organization,” said Corbin, who played for Slaon for three seasons in the early 1990s. “We will benefit from his wealth of basketball experience. I am looking forward to his continued contributions.”.