Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Sloan passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday morning due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy body dementia, according to the NBA.
Sloan is best known as the head coach of the Utah Jazz from 1988-2011 when his teams won two Western Conference championships, and coached Hall of Fame players like John Stockton and Karl Malone.
Sloan was also the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1979-82, not long after playing for the Bulls from 1966-76. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and the Bulls retired his No. 4 jersey. Sloan was their biggest star before Michael Jordan in the 1980s and 1990s.
What you may not know about Sloan was that he was part of the Washington Wizards family as well. He was the fourth overall pick in the 1965 NBA Draft, going to the Baltimore Bullets where he spent his rookie season, averaging 5.7 points per game before getting selected by the Bulls in the 1966 Expansion Draft for their inaugural season.
Rest in Paradise, Jerry Sloan.