Bob Weiss smiled while thinking about Jerry Sloan before the SuperSonics played the Jazz on Tuesday. Weiss and Sloan were once teammates with the Bulls, but Weiss had reservations about Sloan ever running a team.

"I didn't think he'd be a coach," Weiss said. "I didn't know if he could control his temper."

Sloan, now in his 18th season as Utah's coach, has proved Weiss wrong. Despite his sometimes fiery demeanor, Sloan is the longest-tenured coach in the NBA.

The duo played together in Chicago from 1969 to '74.

* THANKSGIVING SPIRIT: Cavaliers G LeBron James provided 500 needy families with turkey and groceries for Thanksgiving. The Trail Blazers hosted 5,000 homeless, transitional and low-income people for a holiday meal at their annual Harvest Dinner.

That's only a portion of what players and teams are doing as part of NBA Cares, a league-wide initiative to deliver more than 7,500 turkeys and feed more than 12,000 needy families in November.

By the end of the month at events across the country, NBA players and teams will have delivered an estimated 44,000 pounds of turkey, 22,000 pounds of ham, 41,000 pounds of stuffing, 40,000 pounds of vegetables, 3,000 gallons of gravy and 19,200 pumpkin pies.

-- From News Services

Utah's Jerry Sloan has been proving a former teammate wrong for 18 years.