Karl Malone says Jerry Sloan 'is not doing well,' asks for prayers for former Jazz coach
Sloan has been battling Parkinson's Disease and dementia since 2016
The Jazz of the late 1990s have been quite the topic of conversation recently as a result of being featured on "The Last Dance." Former Jazz star Karl Malone appeared on a Zoom call on Monday that was hosted by Ahmad Rashad and also featured fellow Jazz legend John Stockton and other NBA Hall of Famers.
During the call, Malone revealed that Jerry Sloan, who was the coach of those dominant Jazz teams, "is not doing well," and asked for prayers.
"I need to say this because I know that (John) Stockton and I have been talking a lot recently," Malone said. "Coach (Jerry) Sloan is not doing well, so I want you guys to pray for coach Sloan."
Malone didn't offer any details regarding Sloan's condition. The coach has been out of the public eye for quite some time as he's battled Parkinson's Disease and dementia since 2016. Sloan is one of the most accomplished coaches in NBA history and currently sits fourth on the all-time wins list with 1,221 victories to his credit. He spent 23 of his 26 years as a head coach with the Jazz.
Malone also showed his appreciation for the players that he spent the hour exchanging stories with, such as Dikembe Mutombo, Shaquille O'Neal, Reggie Miller and Patrick Ewing.
"I want to say this, Stock, you already know how I feel about you, you know I love you to death," Malone said. "All of the other guys here, you guys brought out the best in us. You guys brought out the best in the Utah Jazz and myself. I am grateful for you guys, you guys made me the player that I was."
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