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    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In honor of the life and legacy of former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan, SportsBeat anchors Jeremiah Jensen and Sam Farnsworth showed basketball fans a peek behind the curtains into the who Coach Sloan was as a person and the career that he had.

    After suffering from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia since April 2016, the Jazz legend passed away at the age of 78 on Friday, May 22.

    “Tonight we mourn the loss of a legend. Jerry Sloan has passed away at the age of 78,” Jensen said as he opened the special broadcast. “It’s a sad day of course for Utah Jazz fans but the passing of Jerry Sloan has provided us an opportunity to celebrate his remarkable hall of fame career and the numbers tell us just how remarkable of a coach he was.”


    .@JJSportsBeat shares his memories on Coach Jerry Sloan, including what he thinks Sloan would enjoy most about hearing all the tributes about him today.

    More on Coach Jerry Sloan's legacy: https://t.co/Y7VyFFYpba pic.twitter.com/uvTC8EJ2be

    — KSL Sports (@kslsports) May 22, 2020


    “We’ll take a look back on some of the most memorable moments of Jerry’s coaching career and we have reactions and memories from his former players and even an old rival,” said Farnsworth.

    Sloan took over as head coach of the Jazz on December 9, 1988 “and the rest is history. He would coach the Jazz for the next 23 years.”


    I think Jerry's goals for the Jazz heading into training camp for the 89-90 season could be said about every team he ever coached. #TakeNote #JerrySloan pic.twitter.com/BJxzqu0P4x

    — Matthew L Glade (@matthewLksl) May 22, 2020

    Jerry Sloan’s Career Accomplishments

    • 2009 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
    • 1223 wins (fourth-most in NBA history)
    • Sixth best winning percentage all-time (.603)
    • Two NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998)
    • Seven division titles
    • 20 postseason appearances (19 with the Jazz)
    • 98 playoff victories (sixth all-time)
    • 13 seasons of 50+ wins
    • 1809 consecutive games with the Jazz
    • First NBA coach to win 1,000 games with one franchise
    • Coached 133 players with the Jazz
    • 245 head coaching changes in the NBA while he remained Utah’s head coach for 23 years

    "You can't win 82 if you don't win the first one."

    They didn't win 82, but they did win 55 games in Jerry's first full season as head coach in 1989-90. #TakeNote #JerrySloan pic.twitter.com/0oWbnL3sFV

    — Matthew L Glade (@matthewLksl) May 22, 2020

    Former Players Talk About Coach Sloan


    Former Jazz big men Thurl Bailey and Mark Eaton joined Jensen and Farnsworth to discuss the legacy of their former head coach.

    Bailey spoke about how tough Sloan was and said the coach was hired by the Jazz “to bring that toughness” to the franchise.

    Frank Layden knew something. He knew what Jerry had and Jerry brought it to the team,” Bailey said. “You talk about identities of teams, that came from Jerry Sloan.”

    The great thing about him was that he was consistent,” said Eaton. “He was the same guy every day and I think from a player’s standpoint, I always appreciated that because you knew it was expected. There wasn’t a lot of smoke and mirrors but he was real. This is was what he expected and you could see the results on the court by listening to what he had to say by going out and watching it occur the next night in the arena.”


    Jerry always called it as he saw it, for example when he didn't like the way his team played vs the Spurs in the 1998 playoffs. #TakeNote #JerrySloan pic.twitter.com/lKSSlN5lVB

    — Matthew L Glade (@matthewLksl) May 22, 2020

    Former NBA Head Coach George Karl On Jerry Sloan


    Another member of the 1,000 coaching victories club is former NBA head coach George Karl.

    Karl coached against Sloan and the Jazz for much of the two coaches’ careers.

    The two legendary coaches battled for division titles and playoff series multiple times during Karl’s time with the Seattle SuperSonics and Denver Nuggets.

    “His teams played hard. They played together and they were a very smart basketball team,” Karl said. “Smart is so much no talked about by NBA fans and media but having an intelligent basketball team is just a forte of a Jerry Sloan basketball team.”


    Long time #NBA head coach @CoachKarl22 was kind enough to join me this afternoon to share his thoughts and memories of legendary coach Jerry Sloan. Much more of this conversation tonight on @KSL5TV at 10 and this weekend on SportsBeat.#TakeNote #MileHighBasketball @KSLSports pic.twitter.com/oCuzm15oRu

    — Sam Farnsworth (@SFarnsworthKSL) May 23, 2020


    “Respect,” Jensen said was the word he’ll remember Sloan by. “He’s a fierce competitor,” added Farnsworth.

    For more on the life and legacy of former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan visit the kslsports.com/jerrysloan.

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