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Jerry Sloan highlights from his days with the Utah Jazz (10 items)

By , Deseret News

Jan. 30, 2014

Before he began his Hall of Fame coaching career with the Utah Jazz, Jerry Sloan was a two-time All-Star performer for the Chicago Bulls. He spent 10 of his 11 NBA seasons as a player in Chicago, averaging 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game with the Bulls. The tough, tenacious guard earned NBA All-Defensive Team honors a total of six times.

The franchise retired Sloan's No. 4 jersey, the first jersey retired by the Bulls, and after serving as a scout and assistant coach for Chicago, he was the Bulls' head coach for two-plus seasons, going 94-121 before getting fired in 1982. He then came to Utah as a team scout from 1983-84, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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1 of 10. Jerry Sloan highlights: 1984-1989

Nov. 20, 1984 — Jerry Sloan is hired as an assistant coach on the Jazz staff by then-head coach Frank Layden.

Dec. 9, 1988— After Layden's abrupt resignation as coach prior to the 17th game of the season, at the Salt Palace against the Dallas Mavericks, Sloan becomes the new Jazz head coach.

Dec. 10, 1988— After losing the night before, Sloan guides the Jazz to his first win as head coach, 110-102, on the road against the L.A. Clippers.

Dec. 12, 1988 — Coach Sloan gets his first win in front of the Jazz home crowd, 110-94 over Miami.

April 22, 1989 — Sloan and the Jazz wrap up the Midwest Division championship, their first since 1984, with a 51-31 record. But Utah is subsequently swept out of the first round of the playoffs by Golden State.

2 of 10. Jerry Sloan highlights: 1990-1994

April 27, 1990— Sloan guides Utah to his first playoff victory as coach of the Jazz, 113-96 over Phoenix. The Jazz eventually lose the first-round series with a Game 5 loss at home.

Nov. 2-3, 1990 — Sloan and the Jazz open the regular season with two games against the Phoenix Suns at Tokyo — the first time an American sports league plays regular-season games outside of North America.

May 2, 1991 — Coach Sloan wins his first playoff series as coach of the Jazz, clinching a first-round series against Phoenix with a 101-93 victory in Game 4. The Jazz then lose to Portland, 4-1, in the Western Conference semifinals.

April 19, 1992 — Sloan and the Jazz win their last seven games of the regular season to clinch the Midwest Division championship with a 55-27 mark, including a franchise-record 37-4 at home. They go on to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, falling to Portland 4-2.

Jan. 24, 1994 — Sloan becomes the franchise's all-time winningest coach with his 278th win.

3 of 10. Jerry Sloan highlights: 1994-1996

May 31, 1994 — After finishing third in the Midwest Division, the Jazz reach the Western Conference finals for the second time in three seasons, losing to Houston 4-1.

Jan. 26, 1995 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their 15th consecutive road win, the second-longest streak in NBA history.

Feb. 1, 1995 — Sloan's team wins a franchise-record 14th straight game.

April 23, 1995 — By winning its last seven regular-season games and finishing with a franchise-best 60-22 mark, Sloan gets the Jazz all-time record over .500 (862-860) for the first time ever.

March 29, 1996 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their 19th straight win at home, tying the franchise record.

4 of 10. Jerry Sloan highlights: 1996-1997

June 2, 1996 — Coach Sloan and the Jazz reach the Western Conference finals for the third time in six seasons, dropping a 90-86 duel at Seattle in Game 7.

July 19-Aug. 4, 1996 — Sloan serves as an assistant coach for Team USA at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, where John Stockton and Karl Malone are members of the gold medal-winning team.

Nov. 27, 1996 — Sloan guides the Jazz to victory over Denver after trailing by 36 points, the biggest comeback in NBA history.

April 20, 1997 — Sloan guides the Jazz to a Midwest Division championship, their first since 1992, and a franchise-record 64 regular-season wins, including 38 wins at home.

April 27, 1997 — Sloan guides the Jazz to their first-ever playoff sweep, 3-0 over the L.A. Clippers in the opening round.

5 of 10. Jerry Sloan highlights: 1997-1998

May 29, 1997 — John Stockton's 3-pointer at the final buzzer sends Sloan and the Jazz to their first NBA Finals appearance with a 103-100 victory at Houston in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

June 13, 1997 — The Chicago Bulls close out the NBA Finals with a 90-86 win in Game 6 at Chicago.

May 24, 1998 — After winning their second straight Midwest Division title and surpassing 60 wins for the second consecutive season, the Jazz complete a four-game sweep of the Lakers in the Western Conference finals with a 96-92 win in Game 4 at L.A.

May 1998 — Sloan is named NBA Coach of the Year by the Sporting News, as voted on by the league's coaches, and finishes second in the NBA Coach of the Year balloting by media members.

June 14, 1998 — Sloan and the Jazz again fall to Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the NBA Finals, dropping an 87-86 heartbreaker in Game 6 at the Delta Center.
1. Bob Tanner
Price, UT,
Feb. 1, 2014

As a high school teacher and an assistant coach I always thought Jerry Sloan set a great example for younger players to look up to. The world needs more men like Jerry. Bob Tanner.