Jerry Sloan, the coach who took the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 on his method to a spot within the Basketball Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 78.
The Jazz stated he died from problems associated to Parkinson’s illness and Lewy physique dementia.
Sloan spent 23 seasons teaching the Jazz. The staff – with John Stockton and Karl Malone main the way in which in lots of these seasons – completed beneath 500 in solely a kind of years. Sloan received 1,221 video games in his profession, the fourth-highest whole in NBA historical past.
Utah went to the finals twice underneath Sloan, each occasions falling to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Sloan entered the Hall of Fame in 2009.
He spent 34 years within the make use of of the Jazz group, both as head coach, assistant, scout, or senior basketball adviser. Sloan began as a scout, was promoted as an assistant underneath Frank Layden in 1984 and have become the sixth coach in franchise historical past on Dec. 9, 1988, after Layden resigned.
“Like Stockton and Malone as gamers, Jerry Sloan epitomized the group,” the Jazz stated in an announcement. “He might be tremendously missed.”