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RIP Jerry Sloan

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Liut, May 22, 2020.

  1. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Multiple outlets reporting his death. 23 years coaching the Jazz. I remember him just as much as a hard-nosed Chicago Bulls player.
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

  3. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Hard to believe he coached that team three times longer than Frank Layden, whom I still associate as "Jazz coach"
  4. Tweener

    Tweener Well-Known Member

    I feel like Sloan never quite got his due. Somehow never won Coach of the Year (while guys like Scottie Brooks, Byron Scott and Sam Mitchell have) and was never mentioned with the best of the best coaches in NBA history. But 23 years and 18 consecutive playoffs berths with one franchise says a lot.
  5. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    Had 3 60-win seasons and couldn't get the award.

    Of course we live in a world where Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan combined to win one COY Award and Cotton Fitzsimmons, Bill Fitch and Gene Shue each won twice
    Last edited: May 22, 2020
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  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    At least Phil Jackson won it once -- but it took a 72-10 season to do so.
  7. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Still remember how Sloan and Norm Van Lier were a thorn in the side of the Warriors throughout the 1974-75 West finals. RIP.
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  8. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Sloan/Stockton/Malone should've won a few titles. They were so fucking good.

    Last edited: May 23, 2020
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  9. Jesus_Muscatel

    Jesus_Muscatel Well-Known Member

    I remember Jerry Sloan as a player. That was one tough dude. Not surprising that he was a success as a coach. RIP, Coach Sloan.
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  10. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    IIRC, post-NBA playing career Sloan accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater, Evansville, only to change his mind. During what would have been Sloan's first season, Evansville's plane went down.
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  11. Scout

    Scout Well-Known Member

  12. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    The Bulls beat the Pistons in 7 that year
    Sloan, Van Lier, Chet Walker, Butterbean Love and Tom Boerwinkle for the Bulls
    Dave Bing, Bob Lanier, Stu Lantz, Curtis Rowe and Don Adams for the Pistons
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