Jerry Sloan named one of the top 15 coaches of all time


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SALT LAKE CITY — On Tuesday, the NBA revealed the top 15 greatest coaches in league history.

In what shouldn't come as any surprise, legendary Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan made the cut.

The late-Sloan is the fourth-most winningest coach in NBA history with 1,221 regular season wins, with the vast majority of those coming during his tenure in Utah.

He coached the Jazz for 23 seasons, making the playoffs in his first 15 years in Utah and taking the team to the NBA Finals twice. He helped produce two Hall of Famers in John Stockton and Karl Malone and numerous more All-Stars.

Sloan was one of just two coaches to reach 1,000 wins with one franchise.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009 while he was still coaching the Jazz.

He resigned from head coach in February 2011 as one of the most successful and beloved coaches in league history.

"He was one of those iconic coaches who was a wonderful example of consistency, mental and physical toughness, demanding but fair, suffered no fools, took no prisoners," said San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who also made the all-time list. "And we did our best to try to emulate all that because it was pretty impressive and pretty successful. He was a wonderful coach, and an even better human being."

Sloan died in May 2020 after spending the final years of his life fighting Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's disease.

Sloan is joined on the all-time list by Red Auerbach, Larry Brown, Chuck Daly, Red Holzman, Phil Jackson, K.C. Jones, Steve Kerr, Don Nelson, Popovich, Jack Ramsay, Pat Riley, Doc Rivers, Erik Spoelstra and Lenny Wilkens.

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