Report: Corridor of Famer Jerry Sloan has Parkinson'south sickness

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 5:05 AM

The 74-year-old Sloan, who coached the UT Jazz from one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight to two thousand eleven, told The Salt Lake Tribune in an interview Wednesday that he was diagnosed with Parkinson'south sickness and Lewy body dementia latest fall.

Report: Corridor of Famer Jerry Sloan has Parkinson'south sickness

Corridor of Famer Jerry Sloan said Wednesday that he's Parkinson'south sickness and a form of dementia.

The 74-year-old Sloan, who coached the UT Jazz from one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight to two thousand eleven, told The Salt Lake Tribune in an interview Wednesday that he was diagnosed with Parkinson'south sickness and Lewy body dementia last fall.

He told the Tribune that he decided to go public about his illness because the Parkinson'south symptoms have become noticeable. Symptoms comprise tremors and a hushed voice. Lewy body dementia is a neurological disorder whose symptoms comprise difficulty with memory and problem solving.

Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Corridor of Fame in two thousand-ninth. He currently holds the title of senior basketball adviser with the Jazz and regularly attends games.

"Jerry Sloan is and always will be a beloved member of the UT Jazz family, and we know he'll approach this fight with the same grit and determination he displayed as a Corridor of Fame coach and All-Star player in the NBA for 40-plus years," the Jazz said in a statement.

Sloan played eleven years in the NBA, including ten with the Chicago Bulls. He was a two-time All-Star and was selected to the first-team all-defensive team four times and to the second team twice.

Sloan coached four years with the Bulls, the first as an assistant, after a knee injury forced him to retire in one thousand nine hundred seventy-sixth. The Bulls retired his jersey in 1978.

He joined the Jazz as an helper coach in one thousand nine hundred eighty-fifth, moved to the lead spot in one thousand nine hundred eighty-eighth and held the head coaching position for twenty-three seasons. Sloan led the Jazz to the NBA Finals with Karl Malone and John Stockton in one thousand nine hundred ninety-seventh and one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight, but lost to Michael Jordan'south Bulls both times.

He finished with the third-most wins in NBA history (1.221) and the sixth-best winning rate (60.3).

The Jazz had thirteen 50-win seasons below Sloan and sixteen consecutive winning records. They reached the playoffs twenty times with Sloan.

"Now that Coach Sloan has shared the news on his health I'll connect the many others in expressing support," team president Steve Starks tweeted. "Simply put, a living legend!"

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