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'Original Bull' Jerry Sloan Says No to Jordan's Bobcats

Jerry Sloan was one of three finalists for the Bobcats head coach opening

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    Jerry Sloan took himself out of the running for the open head coaching position with the Charlotte Bobcats.

    Hall of Fame coaching legend has pulled himself out of the running to be the next head coach of the Michael Jordan owned Charlotte Bobcats. Sloan was one of three coaching finalists along with Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder.

    "I took myself out today," Sloan said to SI.com.

    "I don't want to comment on it because it's never profitable for anybody. It just makes it sound like you're making a statement about someone. But they were wonderful and there were no problems. I just took myself out."

    Sloan, a native of downstate McCleansboro, shocked the basketball world when he suddenly retired from coaching in February 2011 after a home loss to the Chicago Bulls. Rumors surfaced that a rift with point guard Deron Williams caused Sloan to walk away from the place he'd coached for 23 years and had just one losing season while making two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998.

    Known as the 'Original Bull' for being the first player the team chose in the 1966 expansion draft, Sloan also coached the Bulls from 1979 to 1982. He himself has said he's anxious to get back into coaching and will listen to what any team has to offer.

    “If somebody calls me, I guess I'd listen to what they have to say. But I don't have an agent, and if somebody calls I'd be willing to listen to them.”