Hall of Famer and longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan dies

Ruben Hill
May 22, 2020

He spent 23 years as head coach of the Jazz and 26 as a coach in the National Basketball Association.

The Hall of Famer retired in 2011 after 23 years at the helm in Utah, which came after a three-year stint as head coach of the Bulls.

Former Jazz star Karl Malone appeared on a Zoom call earlier this week and revealed that Sloan "is not doing well", and asked for prayers.

Often described as hard-nosed, Sloan ranks second on the NBA's all-time list for consecutive games coached with one franchise (1,809), as well as the second-most wins with one team (1,127).

Basketball players, media and fans everywhere also joined in via social media to remember Sloan's Hall of Fame career in basketball.

The Jazz failed to make the playoffs in just three of Sloan's full seasons with the team and won at least 10 playoff games in 10 postseason appearances. He played one season with the Baltimore Bullets before being selected by the Bulls in the 1966 expansion draft. He will be greatly missed.

He was a two-time All-Star and finished with a career average of 14 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per contest.

The Miller family, the owners of the Jazz since before Sloan became the team's head coach, said Sloan would be honored with a "permanent tribute".

Years later, he was named an assistant with the Jazz in 1985 and remained in the role for four seasons before taking over head coaching duties.

Sloan quit abruptly, 54 games into the 2010-11 season, and there were rumblings that a conflict with Williams led to him stepping down.

"I need to say this because I know that (John) Stockton and I have been talking a lot recently", Malone said.

Sloan had been battling Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia, which are ultimately the causes for his passing. The Jazz claimed seven division titles under his leadership.

Sloan returned to the Jazz as an adviser and scouting consultant in 2013, and the team honored him with a banner in 2014 that featured the number 1,223, the number of regular-season and playoff wins Sloan had for the Jazz.

'The far-reaching impact of his life has touched our city, state and the world as well as countless players, staff and fans.

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