Jerry Sloan passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s disease. Players react

Jerry Sloan
Jerry Sloan

It has been reported recently that the Utah Jazz legendary coach Jerry Sloan passed away earlier this morning due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia at the age of 78.

As the statement from Utah Jazz team says, “Sloan spent 23 seasons as the head coach of the Jazz (1988-2011), finishing his career with the third most wins in NBA history (1,221-803), sixth best winning percentage (.603) all-time (min. 500 wins), two NBA Finals appearances (1997 and 1998) and seven division titles. He also guided the Jazz to 16 consecutive winning seasons and thirteen 50-win seasons. Sloan’s teams made 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs (19 with Utah: 1989-2003, ’07-10) and his 98 playoff wins are the sixth most in NBA history.”

You can read the full statement by the Utah Jazz here.

NBA players expressed their condolences on Twitter and Instagram: