Jerry Sloan

Gerald Eugene Sloan ( born March 28, 1942 in McLeansboro, Illinois) is a former American basketball player and coach who played 1965-1976 in the NBA. In addition, he trained for three years, the Chicago Bulls (1979-1982) and from 1988 to 2011, the Utah Jazz.

After studying at the University of Evansville Sloan was selected at the NBA Draft in 1965 by the Baltimore Bullets in the NBA Draft in 4th place. After a year he moved to his hometown club, the Chicago Bulls. There he played up to his career-ending 1976. During this time, Sloan was one of the best defenders in the league and was called to the NBA All- Star Game in 1967 and 1969. This was followed by several vocations to the All- NBA defensive team in the NBA. During his eleven-year professional career Sloan scored 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. In his honor, the Bulls retired his jersey number 4. After finishing his professional career Sloan was first scout the Bulls before he was promoted to assistant coach and then from 1979 to 1982 coach of the Bulls was. But he was fired after a disappointing start to the third season. Sloan moved to the Utah Jazz, who stopped him in 1984 as an assistant coach. In 1988, Sloan succeeds Frank Layden as head coach of the Jazz.

Sloan formed the team to Karl Malone and John Stockton to a title contender, but only in 1997, the collection succeeded to the NBA Finals. There they lost to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. In the following year the two teams met again, with the same result. The Stockton- Malone era in Utah ended in 2003, when Stockton announced his resignation and Malone to the Los Angeles Lakers moved. Sloan did in Utah and was there before the beginning. But surprisingly succeeded jazz almost the playoff collection in 2004. Sloan was almost awarded for this achievement as " Coach of the Year ", he was defeated in the vote just under Hubie Brown. Despite a rebuilding of the team and the resulting lack of success the Jazz continued to hold to Sloan. With the obligations of Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams reached Sloan and the Jazz 2007 highlighted the playoffs.

On 6 April 2009 Sloan was recorded with Michael Jordan, David Robinson and John Stockton into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Sloan is with more than 1,000 victories of the most successful coaches in NBA history. In 18 of his total 23 years coach the Jazz moved into the playoffs. After a series of defeats during the season 2010/2011 Sloan resigned in February 2011 after a defeat against the Chicago Bulls from his post as head coach of the Utah Jazz back .. was succeeded by his assistant coach and former Jazz player Tyrone Corbin.

During the summer of 2013, there have been speculations about a return Sloan as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, but these have not been realized. Sloan instead returned in a smaller role to the Jazz. Here he took over duties in the player development and consulting. On 31 January 2014, the Utah Jazz Sloan honored with a banner with the number 1223rd The number 1223 is derived from the sum of all season and playoff victories Sloan has won with the Jazz.