Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Sloan Passes Away At 78

Jerry Sloan

AP Basketball Writer

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Sloan has died. His death was announced by the Utah Jazz, the team he took to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. The Jazz say he died Friday from complications of Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Sloan spent 23 seasons coaching the Jazz, many led by John Stockton and Karl Malone. The team finished below .500 in only one of those years. Sloan won more than 1,200 games in his career, the fourth-highest total in NBA history. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league “benefited greatly from his humility, kindness, dignity and class.” Jerry Sloan was 78 years old.

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