Legendary NBA coach Jerry Sloan passed away on Friday at the age of 78. The American suffered from Parkinson's disease and was demented.
Sloan is known as one of the best coaches ever in American basketball. He has a win / loss record of 1,233-803 in the regular season, placing him in fourth place on that ranking.
The former player of the Baltimore Bullets and Chicago Bulls, who was twice part of the NBA All Star team, is one of two coaches in NBA history to have won a thousand victories with one club.
Sloan did that between 1988 and 2011 as the person with ultimate responsibility for the Utah Jazz. He had previously been an assistant at that club for three years (1985-1988), after taking his first steps as a coach with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The former shooting guard is the longest-serving coach ever at a club in the NBA. He led the Utah Jazz fifteen consecutive times to the playoffs between 1989 and 2003 and was twice in the final, but was lost to the Chicago Bulls in both 1997 and 1998.
Sloan was never named Coach of the Year, but he is just one of four coaches in more than fifteen consecutive seasons with a winning record. He has been included in the NBA's Hall of Fame for his earnings.