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Utah Jazz: Former coach Jerry Sloan is in the spotlight (whether he likes it or not)

Always uneasy on the stage, former Jazz coach finally lets franchise honor him.



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"I just think there’s a lot more to basketball than individual awards," he said. "… You watch one-on-one tournaments and they’re pretty boring. The game is a lot more exciting when you have five guys out there."

Reporter Aaron Falk contributed to this story.

At a glance

Jerry Sloan timeline

March 28, 1942 » Born in McLeansboro, Ill.

May 6, 1965 » Taken with the sixth pick in the first round of the NBA Draft by Baltimore

May 1, 1966 » Selected by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA expansion draft

Nov. 25, 1967 » Records the first of two career triple-doubles with 22 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists at Philadelphia

March 5, 1969 » Scores a career-high 43 points at Milwaukee

Nov. 30, 1969 » Grabs a career-high 21 rebounds vs. the L.A. Lakers

May, 1976 » After playing only 22 games during the season because of injuries, he retires

Feb. 17, 1977 » Bulls retire his jersey (No. 4)

March 1977 » Hired as coach at Evansville but resigns five days later for personal reasons

Dec. 13, 1977 » Plane carrying Evansville team crashes; there are no survivors

Nov. 16, 1984 » Named assistant coach of the Utah Jazz

Dec. 9, 1988 » Replaces Frank Layden as the Jazz’s head coach

Jan. 24, 1994 » Jazz beat Seattle to make him the winningest coach in franchise history (278 wins).

Dec. 6, 2006 » Becomes fifth NBA head coach to win 1,000 games after a 101-79 victory over Dallas

Nov. 7, 2008 » Becomes first NBA coach to win 1,000 games with the same franchise when the Jazz beat Oklahoma City

Sept. 11, 2009 » Enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Feb. 7, 2011 » Gets regular-season win No. 1,127 as head coach of the Jazz (107-104 at Sacramento)

Feb. 9, 2011 » Jazz lose to Chicago, 91-86, at EnergySolutions Arena

Feb. 10, 2011 » Resigns as head coach of the Jazz

June 19, 2013 » Rejoins the Jazz as a senior basketball advisor

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