Jerry Sloan, Legendary NBA Utah Jazz Coach, Dead at 78

Ross Houston
May 23, 2020

Sloan averaged 14 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for his career.

"Like [John] Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization", the team said.

'He will be greatly missed.

'We have appreciated our relationship with Jerry and acknowledge his dedication to and passion for the Utah Jazz. On May 17th during NBA Inside Stuff's 90s Reunion, Jazz-great Karl Malone asked his fellow players to keep his former coach in their prayers: " Our coach Sloan is not doing well, so I want you guys to pray for coach Sloan".

Sloan and Pop faced off in the playoffs only one other time, with the Spurs beating the Jazz in five games in the 2007 Western Conference Finals.

"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", Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Friday.

Despite a record of success that included 16 consecutive winning seasons, thirteen 50-win seasons and 20 trips to the National Basketball Association play-offs, Sloan was never able to hoist the championship trophy.

'Our Hall of Fame coach for 23 years, Jerry had a tremendous impact on the Jazz franchise as expressed by his banner hanging in the arena rafters. His 1,223 Jazz coaching wins, 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs and two NBA Finals appearances are remarkable achievements.

The 75-year-old Riley and Sloan faced each other on the sidelines over the course of 17 National Basketball Association seasons, and while Sloan never managed to win an National Basketball Association title like Riley, it's clear that Riley's deep respect for him resonated in the statement. I've got a great organization to work for that's given me an opportunity to stay there for a long time.

An original member of the expansion Chicago Bulls in 1966-67, Sloan jumped to coaching after an 11-year playing career. "But, upon living in Utah, I became acutely aware of just how much he truly meant to the state", current Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. He led the Aces to two Division II titles and was the fourth overall pick in the 1965 draft.

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