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Date Posted: Friday, May 22, 08:43:18am
In reply to: Dies at 78 's message, "Jerry Sloan, former NBA basketball player and head coach" on Friday, May 22, 08:10:01am

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Jerry Sloan, the coach who took the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 on his way to a spot in the Basketball Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 78.

The Jazz said he died from complications related to Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.

Sloan spent 23 seasons coaching the Jazz. The team -- with John Stockton and Karl Malone leading the way in many of those seasons -- finished below .500 in only one of those years. Sloan won 1,221 games in his career, the fourth-highest total in NBA history.


“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz," the Jazz said in a statement. "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."

Utah went to the finals twice under Sloan, both times falling to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Sloan was a former player of the Bulls from 1966-1976 and his jersey hangs in the rafters of the United Center.

"Jerry Sloan was ‘The Original Bull' whose tenacious defense and nightly hustle on the court represented the franchise and epitomized the city of Chicago," Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in statement after Sloan's passing. "Jerry was the face of the Bulls organization from its inception through the mid-1970s, and very appropriately, his uniform No. 4 was the first jersey retired by the team. A great player and a Hall-of-Fame NBA coach, most importantly, Jerry was a great person. Our sympathies go out to the Sloan family and all his many fans."

Sloan entered the Hall of Fame in 2009.

He spent 34 years in the employ of the Jazz organization, either as head coach, assistant, scout or senior basketball adviser. Sloan started as a scout, was promoted as an assistant under Frank Layden in 1984 and became the sixth coach in franchise history on Dec. 9, 1988, after Layden resigned.

''Like Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization,'' the Jazz's team statement added. ''He will be greatly missed.''

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Though he is in the Hall of Fame primarily as a coach: he and his Chicago Bulls teammate Norm Van Lier were the most tenacious backcourt I ever saw play. (NT)Ed TraceyFriday, May 22, 04:25:44pm
    Pics as NBA Player & Coach...RIPFriday, May 22, 07:48:53pm


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