The Utah Jazz is paying tribute to the legacy of Hall of Fame Coach Jerry Sloan with a special patch to be worn on team jerseys and warm-ups when the remainder of the 2019-20 season resumes in Orlando.
The patch features the number "1223" - the total number of wins during Sloan's 23 seasons in charge of the Utah Jazz.
Greg Miller, a member of the NBA Board of Governors and Director of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, said in a news release:
Coach Jerry Sloan will forever be in the hearts of the Utah Jazz organization and fans everywhere, and we feel it is only fitting to honor him in this way. His contributions to our Jazz family and communities are a defining part of our franchise history and we look forward to seeing 1,223 on the jerseys of our players in Orlando as a nod to his legacy.
Sloan died in May of complications from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia.
Fans can purchase a commemorative jersey patch for $12.23 with proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Patches can be purchased both in-store and at www.jazzteamstore.com and can be affixed on a jersey.
The Jazz created a website hub that honors Sloan’s remarkable career at www.nba.com/jazz/history/jerry-sloan.
Some highlights of his career include:
- Twenty-three seasons and 1,809 games later, Sloan finished his career as the Jazz’s winningest coach based on both wins and winning percentage (1,127-682, .623).
- The longest-tenured coach with one franchise in all of the major professional sports at the time of his retirement, there were 245 NBA head coaching changes during his Jazz coaching career.
- Sloan coached 133 different players during his tenure as head coach of the Jazz.
- Sloan’s teams made 20 trips to the NBA Playoffs (19 with Utah: 1989-2003, ’07-10) and his 98 playoff wins are the sixth most in NBA history.
During the 2020-21 season, Jazz jerseys are going to display a commemorative black strip with the same “1223” design. Additional details on how the franchise will honor Sloan next season will be announced later.