Coaching Legend Jerry Sloan “Dying” of Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease
One of the greatest coaches in all of sports has reportedly received some difficult health news.
According to a report from Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Tribune, former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan is “dying” as he continues to struggle with Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease
“Sloan’s double-barreled afflictions hit him a fistful of years ago, and he battled on. Their effects now are worsening. Every day is different for him, some better than others, most not so good. It’s basically a slide into oblivion. He’s frail. He’s physically and mentally limited. Around the clock care is required for him. Although, in the more recent past the old coach has been able to attend Jazz games, he will go no more.”
Sloan was diagnosed with the diseases in 2016 and since then, the state of his health quickly became worse.
“My prayers is up to you and your family,” former Jazz player DeShawn Stevenson said. “You’re a great man, taught me a lot and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.”
Sloan became the head coach of the Jazz in 1988, a job which he kept up until 2011. Over that span, he won 1,221 regular season games, ranking him fourth all-time. Sloan also guided the Jazz to 15 straight playoff appearances.