According to a report by USA Today Sports, Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan will not be taking his talents to the Milwaukee Bucks despite the team’s interest in him.
“The bottom line is, Jerry doesn’t really feel it’s the right fit for him right now,” agent Keith Glass said Thursday, according to USA Today. “He’s interested [in coaching again]. He’s in Chicago now watching the pre-draft. And his name keeps popping up with every job, and he hasn’t applied for anything. He had a real nice meeting with them. They came to see him on his farm [in downstate Illinois]. They had a great meeting just in terms of liking each other. [Bucks general manager] John Hammond said, ‘I wish I could have stayed and watched the game with him.’ It’s just not the right fit for Jerry, from Jerry’s point of view. That’s not a negative thing; that’s just the reality.”
USA Today Sports had originally reported that Sloan, who has not coached professionally since he resigned from from the Utah Jazz in February 2011 after 23 seasons, had a brief meeting with the Bucks. Milwaukee has also reached out to former Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, Rockets assistant coaches Kelvin Sampson and J.B. Bickerstaff and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford, according to USA Today.
Sloan ranks third all time in career wins with 1,221 victories under his belt. He also turned down an offer to coach the Trail Blazers last offseason and was considered one of the best coaches to lead the Charlotte Bobcats before taking himself out of the running.