Long­time Jazz coach Sloan dead

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Long­time Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan died at age 78 on Fri­day.

The Jazz an­nounced Sloan’s pass­ing on Twit­ter with a photo cap­tioned “Rest easy, coach.”

“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,” the team said in a state­ment. “We are so thank­ful for what he ac­com­plished here in Utah and the decades of ded­i­ca­tion, loy­alty and tenac­ity he brought to our fran­chise . ... Like (John) Stock­ton and (Karl) Malone as play­ers, Jerry Sloan epit­o­mized the or­ga­ni­za­tion. He will be greatly missed. We ex­tend our heart­felt con­do­lences to his wife, Tammy, the en­tire Sloan fam­ily and all who knew and loved him.”

A stoic Sloan re­vealed in 2016 he had been di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s disease.

“I’m not scared,” Sloan said at the time.

Sloan was in­ducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. He spent 23 years as head coach of the Jazz and 26 as a coach. The Jazz went to the play­offs 20 times in his 23 sea­sons, in­clud­ing back-to-back trips to the NBA Fi­nals in 1996-97 and 1997-98.

An orig­i­nal mem­ber of the ex­pan­sion Chicago Bulls in 1966-67, Sloan jumped to coach­ing af­ter an 11-year play­ing ca­reer. He was known for his hard-nosed de­fence as a player but also av­er­aged 18.3 points per game in 1970-71.

Jerry Sloan

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