Jerry Sloan, Legendary NBA Coach, 'Dying' Amidst Battle With Dementia and Parkinson's

July 20, 2019Jul 20, 2019

The legendary NBA coach Jerry Sloan is reportedly "dying" as he battles both dementia and Parkinson's disease.

In 2016, Sloan shared with the Salt Lake Tribune that he had been battling both diagnoses. On Wednesday, an update had been released from the Salt Lake Tribune about his declining health.

According to the report, details have emerged from a source that the former coach,77, "is dying" and his conditioning is "worsening."

“It’s basically a slide into oblivion. He’s frail. He’s physically and mentally limited. Around the clock care is required for him,” columnist Gordon Monson wrote. “Although in the more recent past the old coach has been able to attend Jazz games, he will go no more.”

According to his daughter Kathy Sloan Wood, her father is still able to eat and walk and hasn't yet "given up."

Sloan began his coaching career with the Chicago Bulls before the 1979-80 season. From 1985-1988 he served as the assistant coach for the Utah Jazz and would later become Jazz head coach for the 1988-89 season. He remained the head coach until the 2010-2011 season and led the Jazz to a total of 1,221 wins.

In 2011, Sloan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Please share your thoughts and prayers for Jerry and his family as he battles these ailments. 

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