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Jerry Sloan, who's enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach, told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida he'd be interested in coaching the Orlando Magic. Orlando has a coaching vacancy following its dismissal of Stan Van Gundy on Monday, after five seasons and two Eastern Conference Finals appearances. "Yes, I think so," Sloan told Tomasson when asked if he'd be interested in Orlando's opening. "It would be very intriguing. But they would have to be interested in me."
Sloan abruptly resigned from the Utah Jazz in February 2011 after 23 seasons and two NBA Finals appearances with the club. "But he said not long after that he got the urge to return to coaching," says Tomasson.
To date, the names associated with Orlando's coaching search--Mike Malone, Brian Shaw, and Chuck Person--have no head-coaching experience, which contrasts sharply with Sloan's decades of experience in the game. But Sloan, a coaching legend, would certainly lend some credibility to a franchise looking to change its image after behind-the-scenes drama marred its lockout-shortened 2011/12 campaign.
In 26 seasons as a head coach, Sloan's record stands at 1221-803 (.603), with a playoff record of 98-104 (.485). Among coaches with at least 500 games, Sloan's .603 win percentage is eighth all-time.