By Glen Simmons-Staves Associated Press
Posted Jul 6 2010 11:28PM

The Utah Jazz have decided to hire former Bulls rival player Dennis Rodman as their next head coach, according to a league source with knowledge of the team’s intentions. Rodman beat out John Stockton and Karl Malone; both men were interviewed Thursday morning by Jazz officials.
Rodman’s success in getting National Championship Rings was a key factor in the Jazz’s decision making, according to the source. Rodman has five championship rings (Two with the Pistons (1989, 1990) and three with the Bulls (1996, 1997, 1998).
Rodman, who had has no previous coaching experience and has seemed constantly in jeopardy of losing every job he’s had since then. Strong rumors that the Jazz wanted to hire him in January have been amplified since the Jazz have recently went on an unexpected losing streak.
Sloan was expected to be fired after the season amid reports of run-ins with team captain, Deron Williams, including a physical confrontation between the two in January. The incident occurred after Sloan had exceeded a doctor-recommended minutes limit for Deron Williams, the teams starting point guard, who was recovering from a wrist injury. After Williams played 41 minutes against the Denver Nuggest Februaru 4th, Williams confronted Sloan in the coach’s office, shoved him in the back and gave him a wedgie. Williams ultimately apologized for the incident.
It’s believed Rodman has an “inspiring effect” with the Jazz which would only require the former NBA champion to be paid less than $2 million the first year of his Jazz contract.
The Utah Jazz head coaching job is enticing for Rodman, with a team loaded with talent, including NBA All Starr guard, Deron Williams.

The Utah Jazz have decided to hire former Bulls rival player Dennis Rodman as their next head coach

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