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Basketball Hall of Fame coach Sloan dies

Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, who guided the Utah Jazz to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in the 1990s, died Friday due to complications from Parkinson's disease.

A hard-nosed player in the 1960s and 1970s primarily with the Chicago Bulls, Sloan translated that style to the Jazz, whom he coached for 23 seasons from 1988-2011.

The highlight of his run was consecutive Finals trips in 1997 and 1998 led by Hall of Famers Karl Malone and John Stockton. The Jazz lost both series in six games to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls.

Including three seasons as coach of Chicago from 1979-82, Sloan had an overall record of 1,221-803 and is fourth on the all-time victories list, trailing Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens and Gregg Popovich. He was 98-104 in the playoffs, good for sixth all-time in wins.

"Jerry had a tremendous impact on the Jazz franchise as expressed by his banner hanging in the arena rafters," the Jazz said in a statement.

"His 1,223 Jazz coaching wins, 20 trips to the NBA playoffs and two NBA Finals appearances are remarkable achievements.

"His hard-nosed approach only made him more beloved. Even after his retirement, his presence at Jazz games always brought a roaring response from the crowd.

"Like Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomised the organisation. He will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Tammy, the entire Sloan family and all who knew and loved him."

He was 78.

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