Bring Back Jerry Sloan?
This is a week old, and the Jazz have lost two of three games since this was published.
From Marc Stein’s Weekend Dime last week:
The trade deadline passed in Utah with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap staying put, but I’ve still got a swap for the Jazz to consider: Ty Corbin for Jerry Sloan. If the Jazz are going to keep running Sloan’s offense as they still do — and if Sloan wants to return to bench life as we keep hearing — what’s the downside?
Can Utah attract a more accomplished free agent, player or coach, than the NBA’s most famous John Deere devotee? I’m guessing Sloan, on principle, wouldn’t nudge his former assistant aside to come back to the franchise even though it’s been shorn of D-Will. And Sloan’s presence wouldn’t change the fact that none of Utah’s foursome of quality 4-men can stretch the floor … or come with a sure-thing point guard to make the offense hum like it did for nearly two decades.
But I can’t help thinking, even if I’m guilty of some romantic reaching here, that the Jazz wouldn’t be the first team everyone nominates to fall out of the West’s top eight if Sloan was back in his old seat. Corbin’s modest sideline presence and iffy rep as a game manager just don’t inspire confidence.