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Forty-three years ago, Jerry Sloan was the first player taken in the 1966 NBA Expansion Draft, by Chicago. He was nicknamed the "Original Bull". These days Sloan's studying potential Jazz draft picks and is happy to be back to work. It's been a rocky five weeks since Jerry had knee replacement surgery.
"I'm not gonna say it feels pretty good. It's a different lifestyle when you have a new knee put in. It's been tough, but that's what I expected," said Sloan. "I'm here, I don't really know how far along I am. I'm a lot better than I was, and I'm happy about that. But, I'm disappointed from the standpoint I'm a couple weeks behind, because of this early part I had to deal with. I had blood clots and couldn't do a lot, so that's what slowed me down a little bit. But I'm fine otherwise."
After five weeks recouping at home, all parties are happy Jerry's back at work.
"Can you imagine being married and staying in the house twenty-four hours a day?" joked Sloan.
"Can you imagine being married and staying in the house twenty-four hours a day?" joked Sloan. "Tell the truth? Tammy's (Jerry's wife) wonderful and everything and so is (stepson) Rhett, but they certainly got tired of me being there. So I was glad to get out."