Legendary Utah Jazz head coach and former NBA player Jerry Sloan has informed the public that he is suffering from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia, according to a report published by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Steve Luhmon Wednesday afternoon.
Sloan has been serving in an advisory capacity with the Utah Jazz organization since 2013, two years after his sudden midseason retirement in February 2011. He has been a frequent presence in the stands at Vivint SmartHome Arena, but other public appearances have dwindled over recent years.
Luhm reports Sloan was diagnosed last fall but chose to refrain from sharing the information publicly. Sloan says people have started to notice signs of illness, so he decided to come forward. However -- in typical Sloan fashion -- he says he is continuing to walk four miles per day and doesn't want people "feeling sorry for me," according to Luhm.
There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, and medication has failed to improve the 74-year-old Sloan's condition so far.. But Jazz president Steve Starks has appropriately indicated the team will continue to support him.
Now that Coach Sloan has shared the news on his health I will join the many others in expressing support. Simply put, a living legend!— Steve Starks (@StevenStarks) April 6, 2016
We love you, Coach.