The NBA community lost a legendary figure with news of Jerry Sloan's passing. Sloan reportedly died of complications from Parkinson's Disease and Lewy body dementia. The Hall of Fame coach began his career in Chicago as a player for the Bulls after being drafted 4th overall in the 1965 NBA Draft, and later became a fixture with the Utah Jazz as their head coach for 23 years. Sloan led the Jazz to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Sloan amassed 1,223 wins and made 20 trips to the playoffs during his tenure as Jazz head coach.
The Utah Jazz said a statement:
"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,"