Jerry Sloan, longtime Utah Jazz coach, died at 78

Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is shown during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas on Dec. 11, 2010.

Sloan died on Friday morning from complications of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, according to a Utah Jazz statement.

“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with Utah Jazz. He will be part of the Utah Jazz organization forever and we will join his family, friends and fans to mourn his loss. We are so grateful for what he has accomplished here in Utah and decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity led to our franchise “, reads the note.

The organization claimed that Sloan left a “huge impact” on the series after 23 years at the helm, where he collected 1,223 jazz coach wins and 20 trips to the NBA playoffs.

“His hard-nosed approach has done nothing but make him more loved. Even after his retirement, his presence at the Jazz games has always brought a roaring response from the crowd,” said the team.

He survived his wife, Tammy, and four children.

“Coach Sloan is what the NBA should be. Busy with your teammates, your coaches, your organization and the game of basketball, he has never been asked for credit,” said the former player. professional basketball player John Stockton, who has spent his entire career with Jazz.

“In fact, he avoids it. His record speaks for itself, and it has created an environment for his teams to win – and they do,” said Stockton. “I’m lucky to have played for him.”

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