Jerry Sloan has passed away at the age of 78 due to complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.
The Hall of Famer coached for 26 years in the National Basketball Association, spending 23 of those seasons in Utah.
"Like Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization", the Jazz said in a statement.More news: Experimental COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective in monkeys
"Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise", the team said in a statement.
'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.
"I think that for all of his intensity on the court and his demand for doing it the right way, the fact that he'd come to shootaround with his John Deere hat on and just be so down to earth in terms of who he was off the court, I think it's the most endearing quality about him that really resonated with players", former Jazz All-Star center Mark Eaton told ESPN's Eric Woodyard. Even after his retirement, his presence at Jazz games always brought a roaring response from the crowd.More news: United Kingdom to test anti-malaria drugs on health workers
Sloan's playing career was cut short by injuries after 11 years.
Despite a record of success that included 16 consecutive winning seasons, thirteen 50-win seasons and 20 trips to the National Basketball Association play-offs, Sloan was never able to hoist the championship trophy.
"Jerry Sloan was among the NBA's most respected and admired legends", NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. I know you're going to think I'm kidding when I say this, but I saw Jerry Sloan fight at the Alamo, I saw him at Harpers Ferry, I saw him at Pearl Harbor. He's also one of seven coaches with 50 or more regular-season wins in 10 or more seasons. He has left an enduring legacy with this franchise and our family. We pray his family will find solace and comfort in Jerry's life.More news: Pakistan not using England tour as leverage, says PCB CEO
Sloan averaged 14 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for his career. He got his first head-coaching job with the Bulls, who hired him ahead of the 1979 season. Led by Bob Love, Norm Van Lier, Chet Walker, Nate Thurmond and Sloan, the Bulls reached the postseason in eight of their first nine seasons, losing in the conference finals twice.