Jerry Sloan, the longtime Utah Jazz head coach died at 78. Jerry died Friday morning after complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, a statement from Utah Jazz read.
The NBA stars and Utah Jazz legends have reacted to death of Jerry Sloan.
According to Espn, many in the NBA community took to social media to pay tribute to Sloan, who retired in 2011 as the longest-tenured head coach with one franchise in any major professional sport.
“Jerry Sloan was among the NBA’s most respected and admired legends,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “He was the first coach to win 1,000 games with the same organization, which came to embody the qualities that made Jerry a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer: persistence, discipline, drive and selflessness.”
Current Jazz head coach Quin Snyder tweeted;
“The clear identity that he established for Jazz Basketball — unselfishness, toughness and the essential importance of Team — has always left a palpable responsibility to strive for in carrying forward,” Snyder tweeted. “He will be missed and mourned by the Jazz family, the NBA and beyond.”
Prayers are with Jerry Sloan’s family today. The game lost a legend 🙏🏾
— Chris Paul (@CP3) May 22, 2020
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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
Pat Riley statement on the passing of Jerry Sloan
“It was a privilege to play against a Jerry Sloan coached team, I always knew that we would be severely tested. His overall philosophy on both sides of the ball was fundamentally solid and always one step ahead of the game." pic.twitter.com/Xv42JvBmO4
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 22, 2020