Coaching Legend: Rest in Peace Jerry Sloan
As told by Coach Julian King
Jerry Sloan was one of the toughest players and best coaches ever to grace an NBA sideline. Coach Jerry Sloan will always be loved & respected by former players, coaches, and fans across the NBA landscape.
Sloan had a no nonsense approach to the game of basketball. Anyone who watched the game during his time as a player knew that his teams always demonstrated his mental and physical toughness. His identity as a player was present in his coaching style too. No matter who was on his roster, you always had the sense that they would give 110% effort while on the floor for Coach Sloan.
How ironic that Coach Sloan would begin his NBA playing career in Chicago? The world was just receiving a behind the scenes glimpse of the dynasty of the Jordan-led Bulls! Sloan began his NBA career as the fourth overall pick by the Washington Bullets. His best years came during the 11 seasons he played for the Bulls. In Chicago he was a two time all star and known to Chicago fans as “The Original Bull.” Sloan would go on to be the first Bulls’ player to have his jersey retired.
Jerry Sloan was a “tough as nails” player. It was know surprise he was an even tougher coach.
Coach Sloan would eventually go on to coach the Utah Jazz as an assistant for three years before taking over as the Head Coach. As the Head Coach, he would become one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time.
He would not only coach the Jazz to fifteen consecutive playoff appearances, but also back to back NBA finals. There the Jazz would ironically lose to Coach Sloan’s former team, the Chicago Bulls twice in the NBA finals.
Coach Sloan’s efforts on the sideline would earn him a spot in Basketball Hall of Fame and respect across the league. He would also become the longest tenured Head Coach in American sports history.
You can’t mention the Utah Jazz and not mention Coach Jerry Sloan. Sloan will surely be missed but always remembered, RIP Coach!
~Live The Game~
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