Long-time Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan Passes Away At 78

first_img Written by May 22, 2020 /Sports News – Local Long-time Utah Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan Passes Away At 78 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Friday morning, numerous sources reported former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan passed away at 78. He passed away from complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.The Jazz released a statement on Sloan, stating that he will always be synonymous with the franchise.The franchise expressed their gratitude for his achievements in Utah and “the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity” he brought to the squad.From 1985-2011, Sloan posted a record of 1221-803 (.603) with the Jazz (1985-2011) and the Chicago Bulls (1977-1978; 1979-1982) as a head coach. He was 1,127-682 (.623) with the Jazz.His 1,127 wins with the Jazz are the second most with one team. Current San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has 1,272 wins with San Antonio (1997-present).Sloan, a 2009 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Springfield, Mass., led the Jazz to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.His .603 winning percentage is the sixth-best in NBA history and his 1,221 wins are the third-most in league annals.He led his squads to seven divisional titles and guided the Jazz to 16 consecutive winning seasons and thirteen 50-win campaigns.Sloan’s squads went to the postseason 20 times while he led Utah to the playoffs on 19 occasions. His 98 playoff wins are the sixth-most in NBA history.The Miller family, who has owned the franchise since 1986, in a statement, lauded Sloan, saying “We have appreciated our relationship with Jerry and acknowledge his dedication to and passion for, the Utah Jazz.” Furthermore, they said “the Miller family and Jazz organization will be proud to honor him with a permanent tribute.”Sloan is one of only seven coaches in league history to win at least 50 games in 10 different seasons.Others on this prestigious list include Rick Adelman (1983-2014; Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves), Don Nelson (1976-2010; Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks), Pat Riley (1979-2008; Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat), Phil Jackson (1978-2011, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers), Popovich and George Karl (1979-1980; 1984-2016, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings).Sloan had labored with the Jazz organization for 34 years, serving as either a head coach, assistant, scout or senior adviser.During his head coaching career with the Jazz, 245 NBA head coaching changes occurred throughout the league.Sloan also has a banner hanging from the Vivint Smart Home Arena in his honor. He is joined by fellow franchise legends, center Mark Eaton (1982-1993), shooting guard Darrell Griffith (1980-1991), shooting guard Jeff Hornacek (1994-2000), power forward Karl Malone (1985-2003), point guard John Stockton (1984-2003), his former head coach and general manager Frank Layden (1981-1989), longtime Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, former radio/TV broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley and other former Jazz stars Adrian Dantley (1979-1986) and “Pistol” Pete Maravich (1974-1980).As a player, Sloan was a two-time All-star with the Chicago Bulls (1967, 1969) and played for both the Bulls and Baltimore Bullets in a playing career from 1965-1976.Sloan averaged 14 points and 7.4 rebounds per game over the course of his career.He became the first Bulls player to have his number retired by the franchise. His No. 4 jersey was retired by the Bulls February 17, 1978. Brad James Tags: Jerry Sloan/Utah Jazzlast_img read more