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Former Utah Jazz head coach, NBA hall of famer Jerry Sloan has died today due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, the club announced. Sloan was 78.
As a player, Sloan had 11 seasons in the NBA, 1 with Baltimore Bullets, 10 with Chicago Bulls.
He started his coaching career as an assistant at the Bulls and took charge of Utah Jazz in 1988, after 3 years of working as an assistant head coach.
Sloan has reached the NBA finals two times in 1997 and 1998 and has worked as Jazz head coach until 2011.
Rest easy, Coach ❤️
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Jazz statement says: “Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz. He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise.
“Our Hall of Fame coach for 23 years, Jerry had a tremendous impact on the Jazz franchise as expressed by his banner hanging in the arena rafters. His 1,223 Jazz coaching wins, 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs and two NBA Finals appearances are remarkable achievements. His
hard-nosed approach only made him more beloved. Even after his retirement, his presence at Jazz games always brought a roaring response from the crowd.
“Like Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization. He will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the entire Sloan family and all who knew and loved him.”