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NBA players react to the passing of Utah Jazz legendary coach, Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan

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The Utah Jazz announced on Friday that Hall of Fame head coach Jerry Sloan has passed away at the age of 78 due to complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.

Sloan spent 11 seasons in the NBA as a player, making two All-Star teams and six All-Defensive Teams - four First Team selections, two Second Team selections. He went on to coach the Chicago Bulls for three seasons and the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons following his playing career.

According to Basketball-Reference, the only head coaches with more regular-season wins in NBA history than Sloan are Gregg Popovich, Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson.

As soon as the news broke of Sloan's passing, the NBA family took to social media to share their thoughts and prayers.

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Very sad to hear about the passing of Coach Sloan this am. I'm praying for Tammy and their family during this time. 🙏🏽 I know things didn't end well between us in Utah, however I'm glad that i got the chance to sit down with him before it was too late. Definitely something that would have haunted me for the rest of my life. Blessed that i got to play for him and learn so much from him during my 5 1/2 years in Utah. You knew he always had your back when you stepped out on that court. #ripcoachsloan #legend

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Completely heart broken this morning... Praying for Tammy and the family... Coach Allowed Me To Flourish And Take My Game To Another Level... As Ferocious As He Was On The Court & Sidelines, Off The Court He Was Thoughtful And Kind... Was So Amazing To My Family.. My Years In Utah Were Special Not Just Because Of My Teammates Or Larry Miller (our owner) But Large In Part To Coach Sloan Making It A Family First Environment!!! I Know You're In A Better Place, But We Miss You!!! Rest Easy Coach... #HOLDAT 🙏🏽 📷: @melissamajch

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