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Legendary Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, a basketball titan on and off the court, died on Friday, the team announced. He was 78.


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[​IMG] Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) dribbles the ball during an NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. The Jazz lost 104-113. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
If the 2019-2020 NBA season resumes, the Utah Jazz will reportedly be without a key player.

On Monday morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that forward Bojan Bogdanovic will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

Utah Jazz F Bojan Bogdanovic is undergoing season-ending surgery on his right wrist, sources tell ESPN. Full recovery expected for start of 2020-21 season. He's averaged 20 points per game for Jazz, fourth-seed in West.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 18, 2020

Wojnarowski reported that Bogdanovic’s wrist has been bothering him since January, and the injury “emerged again” while the league has been shut down.

After signing a four-year, $73 million contract with the Jazz last summer, Bogdanovic has been the secondary scorer Utah had needed to take offensive pressure off Donovan Mitchell. In his sixth season in the NBA, Bogdanovic has averaged 20.2 points per game. Only Miami’s Duncan Robinson and Washington’s Davis Bertans make more 3-pointers per game and have a higher 3-point percentage than Bogdanovic this season.

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[​IMG] Utah Jazz reserve Rusty LaRue goes to pass with Chicago Bull’s A.J. Guyton guarding him during an NBA game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002. | Johanna Workman, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — In a who’s who of NBA legends, Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone and John Stockton would certainly be four names on just about any list, as would coaches Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan.

Rusty LaRue, now a restaurant executive from North Carolina and former NBA player, didn’t reach the 100-games-played mark during a career that spanned five NBA seasons, but he does hold this unique distinction: He was a teammate of all four players and played for both Jackson and Sloan.

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Utah Jazz players worked out at a team facility on Monday for the first time since the NBA shut down March 11 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with the team acknowledging that “a handful” of them took part in voluntary, individual workouts at the Zions Bank Basketball Campus.

As of Friday, May 8, the NBA enabled teams to reopen their facilities for such workouts, provided those teams are in locales where city and state governments have lightened stay-at-home restrictions. Jazz Vice President of Basketball Operations Dennis Lindsey told local media in a videoconference call last week that the organization would not be opening its facilities quite that soon, but that he expected the franchise to follow suit shortly, once its own above-and-beyond safety protocols could be met.

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