Just two days after Karl Malone urged the public to “pray for Jerry Sloan” in the midst of the former Jazz coach’s declining health, it has since been reported that Sloan has passed away Friday at age 78.
Sloan, a Hall of Famer and one of the most accomplished coaches in NBA history, has been out of the public eye since 2015, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy body dementia.
Rest easy, Coach ❤️
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 22, 2020
Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Tribune reported in 2019 that Sloan was “frail” and “mentally limited” and required 24-hour care.
Sloan resume, both as player and coach, is just absurd:
- Fourth on the all-time wins list with 1,221 wins.
- One of two coaches in NBA history to record 1,000 wins with one team.
- He is one of only three coaches in NBA history to win at least 50 games in 10 or more seasons.
- He led the Jazz to 15 consecutive playoff appearances from 1988 to 2003.
Jerry Sloan’s career was just amazing.
🏅Number retired as player by Bulls
🏅2x led Utah to NBA Finals
🏅6x led Utah to West Finals
🏅15 straight playoff appearances
🏅4th most NBA wins all-time#RIPJerry
— Damon Amendolara (@DAonCBS) May 22, 2020
Former NBA commissioner David Stern referred to Sloan as “one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history.”
He is survived by his three children.
I learned so much about basketball sitting at the bar with Jerry Sloan and his longtime assistant Phil Johnson. They were beyond patient with a young, dumb reporter. And Jerry never made excuses if his team lost-which wasn’t that often. RIP to a great, great coach. https://t.co/PaQLnMLn1j
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) May 22, 2020
RIP JERRY SLOAN
2 x All-Star as a player & Hall of Fame coach who was willing to get in the face of any player including Kenyon Martin & Jerry Stackhouse!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 22, 2020
One of the best to ever do it. RIP, Jerry Sloan. pic.twitter.com/niCcnN9fKh
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) May 22, 2020
Rest easy, Jerry Sloan. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/cbCf61QaBA
— Timeless Sports (@timelesssports_) May 22, 2020
RIP Jerry Sloan! The Chicago Bulls release this statement. pic.twitter.com/v0EsFy582D
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) May 22, 2020
Rest easy, legend.