Longtime Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan Dies At 78

Tanya Simon
May 29, 2020

Sad news is coming out of the basketball world today as it was reported that legendary Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan has passed away at the age of 78.

Sloan died early Friday as a outcome of issues from Parkinson's illness and Lewy physique dementia.

Unfortunately for the former Jazz coach and basketball lifer, the high-water mark of his tenure with Utah coincided with the peak of Michael Jordan's career, twice denied a banner by His Airness in the 1997 and 1998 Finals. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise.

Beginning in the 1985-86 season, Sloan became an assistant with the Utah Jazz, before being elevated to the head-coaching post during the 1988-89 campaign. He's one of only four coaches in history with 15-plus consecutive seasons with a winning record, joining Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, and Phil Jackson.

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"Jerry Sloan was "The Original Bull" whose tenacious defense and nightly hustle on the court represented the franchise and epitomized the city of Chicago". "He will be greatly missed. We prolong our heartfelt condolences to his spouse, Tammy, the complete Sloan household and all who knew and beloved him".

An authentic member of the growth Chicago Bulls in 1966-67, Sloan jumped to teaching after an 11-year taking part in profession.

"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".

"It was nearly like a rasslin' match with certain players", West, the Hall of Fame player and executive, said.

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