Longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan dies

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The Utah Jazz announced Friday that longtime coach Jerry Sloan died. He was 78.

Sloan had Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. The Hall of Famer coached the Jazz for 23 seasons and won 1,223 games as the team’s coach. He was the coach as the Jazz made two NBA Finals appearances in the 1990s.

“Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz,” the team said in a statement. “He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise.

“Our Hall of Fame coach for 23 years, Jerry had a tremendous impact on the Jazz franchise as expressed by his banner hanging in the arena rafters. His 1,223 Jazz coaching wins, 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs and two NBA Finals appearances are remarkable achievements. His hard-nosed approach only made him more beloved. Even after his retirement, his presence at Jazz games always brought a roaring response from the crowd.”

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