Legendary Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan died Friday of complications from Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy body dementia, which he had suffered with since 2015.
Sloan was 78. He led the Jazz from 1988 to 2011 and was voted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2009.
He was the fourth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,221 wins. He only had one season under .500 and took the Jazz to the NBA finals in 1997 and 1998, only to lose to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
“It was an honor and a privilege to have one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history coaching our team,” the team owners said in a statement. “We have appreciated our relationship with Jerry and acknowledge his dedication to and passion for the Utah Jazz.”
“He has left an enduring legacy with this franchise and our family. The far-reaching impact of his life has touched our city, state and the world as well as countless players, staff and fans,” the team added.
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