Jerry Sloan was seemingly a man of contradictions. On the one hand, a legendary NBA coach known for his intense, no-nonsense demeanor and a fierce competitive streak, to say nothing of his frequent foul-mouthed rage toward referees; on the other, though, a simple, humble farmer with an affinity for antique stores, yard sales, and vintage tractors, decked out in overalls and a grimy John Deere ballcap, and secretly possessed of a sweet and tender side.
And yet, those who knew him best say there was never really any contradiction at all, that with Sloan, you always knew what you were going to get.
Jerry Sloan, who guided the Utah Jazz for 23 seasons and became the fourth-winningest coach in NBA history in the process, died early Friday.
🏀 The old-school basketball coaching legend1 and we really saw just how good he was after Stockton and Malone retired.
Even Popovich considered him someone to emulate.