Jerry Sloan dies at age 78: George Karl, Damian Lillard, and others pay tribute to Hall of Fame coach

Legendary Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan died at the age of 78 due to complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia. Sloan had been out of the public eye for quite some time after initially being diagnosed in 2016.

During a recent Zoom call, Jazz legend Karl Malone had asked everyone to keep Sloan in their thoughts and prayers after learning that Sloan wasn't doing well.

Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 after 26 years as an NBA head coach. The former Jazz coach spent 23 of those years with the franchise and the first three of his coaching career with the Chicago Bulls. Sloan compiled a 1221-803 (.603) record during his time as a head coach.

Sloan is one of only two NBA coach to record at least 1,000 wins with the same franchise while also being one of just three head coaches in NBA history to win at least 50 games in 10 or more seasons. In addition, Sloan led the Jazz to 15 consecutive playoff appearances from 1988 to 2003, including back-to-back NBA Finals in the late 1990s.

The legendary Jazz coach also ranks No. 4 on the all-time coaching wins list behind Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, and Gregg Popovich.

"Jerry Sloan will always be synonymous with the Utah Jazz," the Jazz said in a statement. "He will forever be a part of the Utah Jazz organization and we join his family, friends and fans in mourning his loss. We are so thankful for what he accomplished here in Utah and the decades of dedication, loyalty and tenacity he brought to our franchise."

Several NBA players, coaches, and media paid tribute to Sloan on Friday.

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