Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan dies at 78
Utah Hall of Fame jazz coach Jerry Sloan led the team to two finals at the age of 78.
Sloan is fighting Parkinson’s disease and sleet dementia.
The Hall of Famer took over jazz in 1988 and coached the team until 2011, when he entered 54 games this season.
Sloan struggled with health issues but always maintained a high level of enthusiasm and spent a lot of time with the Utah team.
The team said in a statement: “Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz.” “He will always be a member of the Utah Jazz Orchestra, and we mourn his death with his family, friends and fans . We thank him for his achievements in Utah and his decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity for our franchise.
Utah posted a monument to their former leader, and jazz tweeted about Sloan most of the time in the team.
Relax, coach ❤️
-utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 22, 2020
In his 23 seasons, the Jazz missed the playoffs only 3 times as Sloan.
Their most famous is the 1997 and 1998 Western Conference champions, but lost to Michael Jordan and his Chicago Bulls in the finals.
Both meetings were well documented in the “Last Dance” documentary that ended on Sunday.
Sloan’s 1,272 regular season titles are the fourth in history, second only to Don Nelson, Lanny Wilkens and Greg Popovich.
Sloan was also the sixth best coach in history in playoff history.
The Sir sent a heartfelt message to the Sloan family.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Tammy, the entire Sloan family, and everyone who knows and loves him.”
RIP coach, thank you for your contribution to the game.