Jerry Sloan Dies: A former NBA player of Chicago bulls, who was more famous for his 23 season-long coachings to Utah Jazz Jerry Sloan died at the age of 78 this Friday.
Utah Jazz announced that Sloan had died from complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, which he had revealed diagnoses of in April 2016.
From the Utah Jazz:
“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz. He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends, and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty, and tenacity he brought to our franchise.
“Our Hall of Fame coach for 23 years, Jerry had a tremendous impact on the Jazz franchise as expressed by his banner hanging in the arena rafters. His 1,223 Jazz coaching wins, 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs and two NBA Finals appearances are remarkable achievements. His hard-nosed approach only made him more beloved.
Even after his retirement, his presence at Jazz games always brought a roaring response from the crowd.
“Like Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization. He will be greatly missed.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the entire Sloan family, and all who knew and loved him.”
In 2009 Sloan was given the honor of hall of fame after his 26 years of coaching career out of which 23 was with Utah Jazz. Which lead the team to 15 continuous Playoff appearances.
Sloan had a short playing career due to his injuries. He averaged 14.0 points per game, with a career-best of 18.3 with the Bulls in 1970-71. He was a two-time All-Star and was four times named to the NBA All Defensive First Team. He still ranks in the top five in Bulls franchise history in points, rebounds, games and minutes.
A look at the life of a legend.
“Coach Sloan is what the NBA should be about.”
— utahjazz (@utahjazz) May 22, 2020
Many greats such as boxing legend Muhammad Ali and actor Michael J. Fox have suffered from this disease Parkinson’s.
Which is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects speech and movement and increases over time.
There is no such known cure, Sloan had said that he was walking four miles per day after the disease was diagnosed.
Lewy body dementia mirrors some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s but also causes a progressive decline in mental abilities.