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Jerry Sloan probably won't appreciate the fact we're still talking about his milestone 1,000th win as a head coach in the NBA five days after he accomplished the feat.

He's just that kind of guy. No big deal in his mind!

In fact, following the game Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, he shrugged off the accomplishment in typical Sloan fashion.

In KSL's view, though, it is a huge achievement: one that makes Sloan worthy of every accolade directed his way. He's one of only five coaches in NBA history to reach the 1,000 win milestone.

The people of Utah and Jazz fans everywhere must not take him for granted. For 18 seasons, he has been there through it all:

-molding talented young players into a perennial NBA power;
-the glory years of Stockton and Malone and back-to-back trips to the NBA finals;
-personal struggles with a dying wife, yet always doing his job;
-and now a new team of younger players with the best record in the league!

So, even with a thousand victories in a game and profession where so many seek and even drool over adulation, it's nice to know there's a guy like Jerry Sloan around who stays grounded and can somehow keep things in the proper perspective.

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