Jerry Sloan, Legendary NBA Utah Jazz Coach, Dead at 78
Jerry Sloan, Legendary NBA Utah Jazz Coach, Dead at 78
Jerry Sloan, legendary NBA head coach, dies at 78
23 May, 2020, 01:47
Not only on the basketball court but, more importantly, as a human being. Over his 10 years in the organization, he averaged 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.
Sloan is one of four coaches to go 15 or more seasons in a row with a winning record.
Current Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, now in his sixth season with Utah, spoke fondly about his time with Sloan and what it means to follow in his footsteps.
Sloan's first game as the coach of the Jazz came part-way through the 1988-89 season.
Sloan and Pop faced off in the playoffs only one other time, with the Spurs beating the Jazz in five games in the 2007 Western Conference Finals.
Sloan signed as the Jazz's assistant in 1985 and spent three seasons in the role before stepping up to the top job, where he remained for 23 years.
The team put out a statement mourning his loss.
"Our thoughts are with Jerry's wife, Tammy, and their family, as well as his former players, colleagues and the Bulls and Jazz organizations". But he made his name as a coach, ranking fourth on the all-time wins list with 1,223, most of those with the Jazz. On May 17th during NBA Inside Stuff's 90s Reunion, Jazz-great Karl Malone asked his fellow players to keep his former coach in their prayers: " Our coach Sloan is not doing well, so I want you guys to pray for coach Sloan".
Sloan finished his coaching career with 1,221 regular-season victories, behind only Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens. "We have appreciated our relationship with Jerry and acknowledge his dedication to and passion for the Utah Jazz".
He spent 23 of his 26 years as a head coach with the Jazz. I've got a great organization to work for that's given me an opportunity to stay there for a long time. He has left an enduring legacy with this franchise and our family. I'm very thankful for that and the coaches that I have with me.
In September 2018, Williams revealed to Aaron Falk of UtahJazz.com that he and Sloan, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia two years prior, had cleared the air earlier that summer in a meeting in Sloan's home office.
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