Former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has passed away at the age of 78.
Sloan, who coached the Jazz between 1988 and 2011, recently featured in Netflix hit The Last Dance, which focuses on the Chicago Bulls' incredible 1997-98 season. "We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise", the team said in a statement.
Sloan was the fifth coach in National Basketball Association history to reach 1,000 wins and is one of two coaches to record 1,000 or more wins with one franchise.
"Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz", the team said in a statement.
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.
After spending 10 years with the Chicago Bulls as a player, Sloan's coaching career began in 1977 when the club hired him as an assistant coach.
"The clear identity that he established for Jazz Basketball - unselfishness, toughness and the essential importance of Team - has always left a palpable responsibility to strive for in carrying forward", Snyder tweeted. He will be greatly missed.
A veteran of the NBA as a player and coach for more than 45 years, prior to joining the Jazz, Sloan coached the Chicago Bulls for three seasons (1979-82) and was a two-time NBA All-Star as a player (1967, 1969) over 11 NBA seasons with Chicago and Baltimore (1965-76). "We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the entire Sloan family and all who knew and loved him".
The Utah Jazz announced Friday that longtime coach Jerry Sloan died.
Known for his defensive intensity as a player, Sloan became a fan favorite as one of the "Original Bulls". The far-reaching impact of his life has touched our city, state and the world as well as countless players, staff and fans. Sloan said simply that it was "time to move on", and then-NBA Commissioner David Stern said the coach had "epitomized all the positives of team sports".
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