Jerry Sloan, historic Utah Jazz coach, dies

The world of basketball is in mourning. Jerry sloan, mythical coach of the Utah Jazz and runner-up to the NBA twice, passed away this Friday at the age of 78, after a few months in a very delicate state of health, caused by parkinson’s and the dementia that he suffered.

After more than two decades leading the Utah Jazz as head coach, Sloan retired from the bench in 2011, at the start of a downhill in terms of health. Previously, in 2009, he had entered the Basketball Hall of Fame with honors, his decoration as one of the essential elements of a legendary team, such as the Stockton Jazz and Karl Malone.

Utah Jazz announced Sloan’s passing through a statement, in which the figure of the coach is emotionally remembered. Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with Utah Jazz. He will always be part of the organization and we will join his family, friends and fans to mourn his loss. We are so grateful for what he accomplished in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty, and tenacity that he brought to our franchise. Jerry had a tremendous impact on the franchise. “