On Friday, the Utah Jazz announced that former coach and Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan had passed away at the age of 78 after a battle with Parkinson's disease.



Hall of Fame coach of the Utah Jazz Jerry Sloan has passed away at the age of 78.

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Sloan, a former All-Star in the 1960s with the Chicago Bulls, was best known for his 23-year tenure as the Jazz head coach from 1988 to 2011, including the team’s peak years with John Stockton and Karl Malone that challenged the Michael Jordan-era Bulls in back-to-back Finals during 1997 and 1998.

Sloan's all-time record of 1,221-803 ranks third in wins by a coach, and he was widely regarded for introducing a number of now-popular strategies into the modern NBA, including flex and especially pick-and-roll based offenses.

A number of his former players and other NBA stars reached out with heartfelt messages to honour Sloan on social media.