Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that the legendary head coach, who was as much the epitome of success as he was longevity, would be willing to coach the New York Knicks.
Amick writes the following:
While retired Lakers and Bulls coach Phil Jackson has frequently been named as a possible successor to D'Antoni, sources close to retired Utah coach Jerry Sloan say he would be interested in the position...In an interview with SI.com in early January, he said he was considering a return.
The Knicks are heading into a dark time in their history. They thought the blueprint for success was clear, so they followed it.
They went out and traded for Carmelo Anthony, who combined with Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire make up a legitimate big three.
As we have seen, it's not as easy as just bringing in talent. Teams also have to create on-court chemistry to succeed. So far, that is non-existent.
Mike D'Antoni was supposed to light up Madison Square Garden with an electric offense, which has instead fallen flat, and he may now be coaching his final days in Manhattan.
Would Jerry Sloan be the right fit for NY Knicks?
Phil Jackson is a no-brainer, but Sloan is very intriguing when you consider what he asks of his teams.
Sloan is one of the greatest coaches in NBA history because he demands accountability from his players on both ends of the court.
His teams featured unselfish players that were willing to buy into his philosophy.
The Knicks aren't a Jerry Sloan team, but I am intrigued to see if he could mold them into one. When you think of Jerry Sloan, you think of consistency and success. The Knicks could use a great deal of both right now.