Jerry Sloan was fourth in coach­ing wins in NBA his­tory

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Sports - TIM REYNOLDS AND AN­DREW SELIG­MAN THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Jerry Sloan, the Hall of Fame coach who was a fix­ture for decades in Utah and took the Jazz to the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Fi­nals in 1997 and ’98, died Fri­day. He was 78.

The Jazz said he died from com­pli­ca­tions of Parkin­son’s dis­ease and Lewy body de­men­tia. Sloan had been in fail­ing health for many years.

Sloan spent 23 sea­sons coach­ing the Jazz. The team — with John Stock­ton and Karl Malone lead­ing the way in many of those sea­sons — fin­ished be­low .500 in only one of those years. Sloan won 1,221 games in his ca­reer, the fourth­high­est to­tal in NBA his­tory. Only Lenny Wilkens, Don Nel­son and Gregg Popovich have more vic­to­ries.

“It was an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to have one of the great­est and most re­spected coaches in NBA his­tory coach­ing our team,” the Miller fam­ily, who own the Jazz, said in a state­ment. “He has left an en­dur­ing legacy with this fran­chise and our fam­ily.”

“I’m not into num­bers and stuff like that,” Sloan said when he passed Pat Ri­ley for No. 3 on the NBA’s all-time win list in 2010; Popovich has since sur­passed him for that spot. “I never have been.”

He spent 34 years in the Jazz or­ga­ni­za­tion and en­tered the Hall of Fame in 2009..

“Like Stock­ton and Malone as play­ers, Jerry Sloan epit­o­mized the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” the Jazz said in a state­ment. “He will be greatly missed.”

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