Report: Jerry Sloan in talks with Michael Jordan about coaching Bobcats

Thursday May 24th, 2012

Jerry Sloan said on Tuesday that he is in talks with Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan to coach the team next season. (Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images)

Jerry Sloan said Wednesday that he has spoken with Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan about coaching the team. The two sides could meet as early as next week, Sloan confirmed to Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune:

Asked if he had talked to any team about a job opening, Sloan mentioned Jordan and the Bobcats, who finished 7-59 during the lockout-shortened season and then fired coach Paul Silas.

According to Sloan, undertaking such a massive rebuilding job would not prevent him from considering Charlotte.

"Obviously, you probably wouldn’t win [a championship] right off the bat,' he said. 'But sometimes it’s not all about starting on top."

Sloan also said that he would be interested in coaching the Orlando Magic, who fired their head coach, Stan Van Gundy, and parted ways with General Manager, Otis Smith, on Monday.

Sloan spoke with The Tribune from his farm outside McLeansboro, Ill. and "made it clear that he would like to return to coaching after being away from basketball for 15 months."

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