Jerry Sloan talks with the media in March 2017 as part of a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Utah Jazz franchise. Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA community reacts to death of legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan

Legendary Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan has died at the age of 78 after a battle with Parkinson's disease and dementia, the Utah Jazz announced Friday.

Sloan coached the Jazz from 1988-2011 and was the Bulls' head coach from 1979-82. As a head coach, Sloan was 1,221-803 and made the NBA Finals twice — both with the Jazz. Those Jazz teams fell each time to Michael Jordan and the Bulls.

The NBA community shared its condolences with the Sloan family via social media, and that included tweets from some current and former players and media members.

Before coaching, Sloan also had a successful playing career as a member of the Bulls from 1966-76. He averaged 14 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game during his career, was a two-time All-Star and made the All-Defensive team six times. 

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