Jerry Sloan 'not interested' in Bucks coaching job
MILWAUKEE - The Bucks are still without a coach after Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan reportedly decided he doesn't want the job.
Sloan met with the Bucks last week, but agent Keith Glass told NBA.com said he is "not interested."
"The bottom line is, Jerry doesn't really feel it's the right fit for him right now," Glass told the website. "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."
Glass said Sloan is "interested in coaching a playoff-level team."
"Jerry probably is a lot like Scott [Skiles, the Bucks' former coach], in that the working conditions and where the team is (contender-wise) are important," Glass said. "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. They have to be able to compete. Jerry is a competitor, and he wants to compete and teach."
Sloan, 71, coached for the Utah Jazz for 22 years before suddenly resigning in 2011, but it looks like he is back looking for a job.
According to David Aldridge with NBA.com, Sloan has turned down the Blazers' head coaching job as well as pulling out of the running as the Bobcats' coach.
"Guys like Jerry, who are Hall of Famers, they can peruse the landscape—and work or not work," Glass said.
According to Aldridge, the Bucks have already interviewed former Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, Rockets assistant coaches Kelvin Sampson and J.B. Bickerstaff and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford, but have not yet hired anyone.