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
RIP Coach Sloan! ❤️ Legend!! https://t.co/hKeAReoqLV- Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) May 22, 2020
Rest In Peace Jerry Sloan 🙏🏽 @utahjazz https://t.co/v3jpTPaktC- Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) May 22, 2020
Thank you for the opportunities, thank you for the lessons, thank you for help mold me into a great basketball player and man. I will always bring my "lunch pail" to work! RIP Coach Sloan 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/GPICXmG7N6- Paul Millsap (@Paulmillsap4) May 22, 2020
RIP Coach Sloan 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/U0Uz9WDsDK- Derrick Favors (@dfavors14) May 22, 2020
RIP Coach.. You don't think of the Jazz without thinking of Coach Sloan, Thankyou. https://t.co/89I7uUeZqy- Joe Ingles (@Joeingles7) May 22, 2020
R.I.P Jerry Sloan 🙏🏽- Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) May 22, 2020
I didn't get to spend a lot of time playing for Coach Sloan, but coming in as a rookie he had a major impact on my transition to the @NBA. I'm grateful for that. Prayers to his family, friends and loved ones. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/DYJ4F4CvRw- Gordon Hayward (@gordonhayward) May 22, 2020
Prayers are with Jerry Sloan's family today. The game lost a legend 🙏🏾- Chris Paul (@CP3) May 22, 2020
🙏🏿🙏🏿 https://t.co/k0yYcmkBtQ- Mike Conley (@MCONLEY10) May 22, 2020
RIP Jerry Sloan:( one of THE greatest of all time ✅🙏🏼- Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) May 22, 2020
R.I.P https://t.co/4ovUD5K2rX- Quincy Pondexter (@QuincyPondexter) May 22, 2020
Rip Jerry Sloan 🙏🏾🙏🏾- Rudy Gay (@RudyGay) May 22, 2020
R.I.P. Jerry Sloan- Evan Turner (@thekidet) May 22, 2020
Sad day man.. Rest easy legend .. Thank you for everything.. you changed my life for the better.. https://t.co/HUdxD60zgt- C.J. Miles (@masfresco) May 22, 2020
The NBA Family lost an All-Time Great today. RIP to the Great Jerry Sloan. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😢- Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 22, 2020
We join the entire NBA in mourning the passing of Jerry Sloan.- Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 22, 2020
We're honored that he started his Hall of Fame career as a player and coach with the Baltimore Bullets in 1965. Our condolences to his family and friends during this time. pic.twitter.com/0bYCEfJwtJ
"The Original Bull."- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) May 22, 2020
Rest in peace, Jerry Sloan ❤️
Our thoughts are with the Sloan family and Jazz organization following the news of the passing of Jerry Sloan 💜 pic.twitter.com/RdhtdwDDMv- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 22, 2020