Jerry Sloan passing on Bucks
Jerry Sloan does not want to coach the Milwaukee Bucks, according to a report by USA Today Sports, which had reported the team's interest in the Hall of Famer.
"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."
The newspaper reported that the 71-year-old Sloan, who has not coached since his abrupt resignation from the Utah Jazz in February 2011 after 23 seasons, met with the Bucks. Milwaukee has also spoken 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, who has 1,221 career wins to rank third all time, turned down an offer from the Portland Trail Blazers last offseason and was in the running to take over the Charlotte Bobcats before removing himself from consideration.
Sloan is not interested in a rebuilding project.
"For Jerry to go to a place that's going to take years to build -- and I'm not talking about Milwaukee, I'm talking about anywhere -- that's just not right for him," Glass said, according to the newspaper. "They have to be able to compete. Jerry is a competitor, and he wants to compete and teach."
The Bucks have been in the market for a new coach after not retaining Jim Boylan. Milwaukee, which made the playoffs despite its third straight losing season, was swept in the first round by the Miami Heat.