Remembering Jerry Sloan (1942-2020)
The NBA family mourns the loss of Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan. As a member of the Chicago Bulls, Sloan starred as a tenacious defender, earning four NBA All-Defensive First Team honors along with two All-Star nods. Sloan, along with Norm Van Lier, Bob Love, Chet Walker and Tom Boerwinkle, led Chicago to back-to-back Western Conference Finals in the mid-‘70s. Sloan eventually transitioned to coaching. After two plus seasons in Chicago, Sloan joined the Jazz as a scout before becoming an assistant for Frank Layden. Sloan took over in 1985 and coached 23 seasons in Salt Lake City and compiled one of the greatest coaching resumes in NBA history: back to back NBA Finals appearances (1997, 1998), 15 consecutive playoff appearances (1989-2003); the first coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games with one team. When Sloan retired in 2011, he ranked third all-time in wins with 1,221 behind Don Nelson (1,335) and Lenny Wilkens (1,332). He currently ranks fourth all-time behind Gregg Popovich (1,272).