Karl Malone: Ailing Jazz icon Jerry Sloan ‘not doing well,’ asks for prayers
Karl Malone has shared that Jerry Sloan is “not doing well” amid longstanding health issues, and the NBA icon has asked for people to pray for the legendary Utah Jazz coach.
Sloan, 78, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and dementia in 2016, and Malone indicated things recently have taken a turn for the worse.
Appearing on a Zoom call on Monday with Ahmad Rashad along with fellow Jazz legend John Stockton among other Hall of Famers, Malone revealed the unfortunate status of Sloan’s health.
“I need to say this because I know that (John) Stockton and I have been talking a lot recently,” Malone said. “Coach (Jerry) Sloan is not doing well, so I want you guys to pray for coach Sloan.”
Sloan, who coached the Jazz for 23 seasons, retired following the 2010-11 NBA season, though he returned in 2013 to serve as a consultant. He has largely been out of the public eye since his health problems arose.
Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. He coached the Jazz from 1988-2011, compiling a 1,127-682 regular-season record, a run that included consecutive trips to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998.
The Jazz honored Sloan by retiring a No. 1223 jersey in recognition of his overall franchise victories, but a petition was launched last year that called for the organization to commission a statue in honor of the iconic coach.
The run by an outstanding Jazz squad headed by Sloan, Malone and Stockton has been revisited of late due to how the team’s losses to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals were chronicled in the wildly popular “The Last Dance” documentary on ESPN.