NBA stars and Utah Jazz legends react to death of Jerry Sloan
Jerry Sloan, a player known as "The Original Bull" in Chicago before becoming a legendary head coach of the Utah Jazz, died Friday. He was 78.
Many in the NBA community took to social media to pay tribute to Sloan, who retired in 2011 as the longest-tenured head coach with one franchise in any major professional sport.
"Jerry Sloan was among the NBA's most respected and admired legends," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "He was the first coach to win 1,000 games with the same organization, which came to embody the qualities that made Jerry a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer: persistence, discipline, drive and selflessness."
Current Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, now in his sixth season with Utah, spoke fondly about his time with Sloan and what it means to follow in his footsteps.
"The clear identity that he established for Jazz Basketball -- unselfishness, toughness and the essential importance of Team -- has always left a palpable responsibility to strive for in carrying forward," Snyder tweeted. "He will be missed and mourned by the Jazz family, the NBA and beyond."
Opponents also paid homage to Sloan, including Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul and Pat Riley, the former Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat head coach who is now the Heat's president.
Prayers are with Jerry Sloan's family today. The game lost a legend