Legendary Jazz Coach Dies at 78 Due to Complications from Parkinson’s
Sad news hit the NBA today as legendary head coach Jerry Sloan passed away at the age of 78 after dealing with complications due to Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.
The Utah Jazz released a statement on Sloan’s passing earlier today: “Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz. He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise.”
Rest easy, Coach ❤️
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 22, 2020
A 2009 Hall of Fame inductee, Sloan coached the Jazz for 23 seasons, finishing his career with the third most wins in NBA history, amassing a record of 1,221-803. He also boasted the sixth best winning percentage (.603) and made two NBA Finals appearances with the Jazz. With Sloan at the helm, the Jazz won seven division titles.
“Coach Sloan is what the NBA should be about. Committed to your teammates, your coaches, your organization and the game of basketball, he’s never asked for credit,” said former Jazz point guard and Hall of Famer John Stockton. “In fact, he avoids it. His record speaks for itself, and he’s created an environment for his teams to win—and they do. I’m fortunate to have played for him.”
Numerous teams and players took to social media to pay respects to the former coach.