The sad news approached the NBA. Through the official release of the team, Utah Jazz reported that their legendary coach, Jerry Sloan, had died on Friday morning, May 22, 2020, local time. Jerry died at the age of 78 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. He has been suffering from this disease since 2016, five years after he was no longer a Jazz coach.
“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with Utah Jazz. He was forever a part of this organization and we joined his family, relatives and fans in their sorrow over his departure, “open the official Jazz release. “We are very grateful for all the dedication, loyalty and perseverance that he showed here.”
Jerry in total trained Jazz for 23 years (1988 – 2011). During this time, he led Jazz in 1,809 games with 1,127 wins and 682 losses. If added to the three seasons served as Head Coach at the Chicago Bulls (1979-1982), then Jerry total led the team in 2,024 games and won 1,221 wins.
When he retired in 2011, the 1,221 win was the coach’s third most winning record in the NBA. Jerry only lost to Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens. However, in 2019, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich made it past Jerry’s achievements.
“Like John Stockton and Karl Malone as players, Jerry is also the best example of our organization. We will all miss his presence. We also hope that all parts of the Sloan family and those who know him and love him will be fortified by his departure, “continued the official Jazz release.
23 years together with Jazz made him make history. When he decided to retire, he was the longest-running professional sports coach in all United States sports. In fact, during his handling of Jazz, there were a total of 245 coach changes in the NBA. The man’s real name is Gerald Eugene Sloan, training a total of 133 players in the same time period.
Jerry’s best achievement was to deliver Jazz to the NBA Finals in two successive seasons, 1997 and 1998. Unfortunately, in those two seasons, they had to recognize the toughness of the Bulls. Rest in peace Jerry Sloan.