Jerry Sloan, former Jazz coach, was featured in ‘The Last Dance’ for his memorable NBA Finals moments
Jerry Sloan passed away Friday at the age of 78 following a battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.
The Hall of Fame NBA coach led the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons and amassed 1,221 victories, and almost as many memorable one-liners.
Some of those quips were featured in the final two episodes of "The Last Dance," which dissected the NBA Finals matchups between Sloan's Jazz and Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls in 1997 and 1998.
Footage from after Game 5 of the 1997 Finals — Jordan's “flu game,” or "food poisoning game," depending on how one chooses to recognize it — showed Sloan apparently learning about Jordan's condition from reporters while Sloan was at the podium.
"First of all, I didn’t know he was sick,” Sloan said. “I thought he played a great game. Did everybody else know he was sick? I guess I'm the last one to know."
After Game 3 of the 1998 Finals, Sloan appeared to be shocked that the Jazz had scored just 54 points in a 96-54 loss.
“This was actually the score? Is this the final?” asked Sloan, who must have stopped looking at the scoreboard at some point during the game.
Jordan and the Bulls bested the Jazz in six games in back-to-back years.
It didn't stop Sloan from delivering at the microphone.
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