Seriously ill for several years, Jerry Sloan died on this morning of May 22 at the age of 78. His name sadly lengthens a funeral section already far too full for one and the same year in the big orange ball family. Can someone press the fast forward button on the remote control please?
This is still terrible news that reached our ears this afternoon. With Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, two degenerative diseases, the former jazz strategist in the 1990s died on Friday morning, according to a statement from the Salt Lake City-based franchise. Fourth most successful coach in NBA history with 1,221 successes in 2024 games, he left the scene in 2011 after 23 seasons at Jazz, 26 in total with his stint in Chicago. In total, 133 players he was able to shape in his own way in Utah, notably leading the duo formed by Karl Malone and John Stockton to two consecutive NBA Finals. Unfortunately, this coincides with the period when Michael Jordan and the Bulls were looking for a second Threepeat, as some may have noticed by remembering the mythical reaction of this McLeansboro native in the last episode of “The Last Dance ”following the blowout inflicted by Chicago in Game 3 in 1998. Jerry Sloan is simply one of the monuments of coaching in the NBA and is among the seven technicians to have won at least 50 games ten times with Rick Adelman, Don Nelson , Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich and George Karl. A VIP club that ensures he leaves a nice legacy behind him, after being introduced to the Hall of Fame in Springfield in 2009.
Rest easy, Coach ❤️
– utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 22, 2020
We can expect to see more tributes in the coming hours, who also had a great career as a player before settling on the bench. The double All-Star has turned 14 points and 7.4 rebounds on average in 11 seasons spent on the boards including ten in his franchise of the Bulls, at his home, in Illinois, where his number 4 was withdrawn and sits ironically alongside those of his executioners, MJ, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson. But it was in Utah that he made the second part of his personal and sporting life with his numerous successes as a coach and the sixth best percentage of all-time wins (minimum 500 wins) for 20 qualifications in Playoffs. In the land of Mormons, Jerry Sloan found a new family and his departure had already been celebrated with the raising of a banner with his name on the ceiling of the Vivint Smart Home Arena since January 27, 2014. Still regularly present at the venue to come and encourage the new disciples of Quin Snyder, his name will never be forgotten at SLC as elsewhere. Fortunately, he even had time to make peace with Deron Williams following their violent breakup in 2011.
After David Stern and Kobe Bryant, a new Hall of Famer leaves us in a few months. The 2020 balance sheet is getting even heavier and it is really time for it to stop. This is way too much for our little NBA fan hearts.
Text source: ESPN