FC: Ballin' on the Hardwood (A Tribute to Jerry Sloan)
1: once upon a time a kid named Gerald was born. Gerald had a full future in front of him. He started playing basketball at the age of
2: Jerry Sloan grew up in Illinois and began playing basketball. He started playing in high school but didn't get recognized until the college level.
4: Gerald attended Illinois for his first year of college. After one year of Illinois he transferred to Evansville where he played for three seasons. He was named NCAA division two Elite eight all tournament team in 1964 and 1965.
6: Jerry Sloan started his career as a player being drafted 4th overall by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1965 NBA draft. He was later drafted by the Chicago Bulls from the Bullets in the NBA expansion draft in 1966. Sloan went on to play the next ten seasons in Chicago until a knee injury ended his career.
7: As a Chicago Bull, Sloan averaged 14 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists, becoming the only player in NBA history to average over 7 rebounds and 2 assists for his career. Sloan was also a two-time all-star in his time with the Bulls and named to six NBA All-Defensive teams. His jersey (#4) was later retired by the Bulls on February 17, 1978.
8: Jerry Sloan then began his coaching career in 1979 as head coach of the Chicago Bulls for three seasons, leading the team to the second round of the playoffs in his second year as coach. In his first season with Utah in 1988, the team went 65-40 and made the playoffs. Sloan and the Jazz would continue to make the playoffs for the next 15 years.
11: Coach Sloan coached for 23 years. He finished with only one losing season and won sixty percent of his games. Sloan's 1,221 career wins are third on the all-time list. Sloan became the only coach in league history to have 1,000 wins for a single franchise.
13: Coach Sloan resigned from coaching the Utah Jazz on February 11,2011 at the age of 68 after coaching for 23 years. | Although his untimely exit is saddening to many, there will undoubtedly be a banner hanging from the rafters in Utah with his name on it.