Jerry West on Jerry Sloan: “He was tough as hell”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 01: Jerry West attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center on March 01, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Jerry West had nothing but good words to say about NBA Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, who passed away on Friday.

West described Sloan as ‘relentless’ both as a player and head coach.

“At that time, hell, you could almost take two hands, it’s almost like driving a car. Jerry in particular was an old farm boy, and he was strong as hell. You had a lot of scratches on ya after a game with him.

I would tell you two things about Jerry. As a player, it was ridiculous. He was relentless. After the game, you’re going to have a lot of bruises on you. If you’re going for a layup, you’re going to be on the floor.

He was tough as hell, he wanted his team to be reflected of who he was and that’s ultimately what you got with him. You weren’t going to have an easy game against the Utah Jazz, period, with him as coach,” West told Bill Oram of The Athletic.