Jerry Sloan has passed away

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Maybe the most underrated ever. Created a culture in Utah and had sustained excellence for over two decades. He wins a couple of rings without Jordan around.
 

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Greatest Bull of all time pre Jordan and Pippen?

I remember reading during one of the Bulls-Jazz series that the Bulls training gym had a big photo of Sloan as a Bulls player on the wall that the (then) current players walked past every day to get to the gym.

RIP
 

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Greatest Bull of all time pre Jordan and Pippen?

I remember reading during one of the Bulls-Jazz series that the Bulls training gym had a big photo of Sloan as a Bulls player on the wall that the (then) current players walked past every day to get to the gym.

RIP
I'd say probably Bob Love, but Sloan is an underrated player as most fans remember as a coach.

Very successful, disciplined system and I thought he was pushed out really unceremoniously as, IIRC, a hail mary attempt to try and appease Deron Williams. One of the few scenarios where a coach was certainly more valuable than a star player.

Edit: Basketball Reference tells me it was probably Artis Gilmore or Chet Walker.
 

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Greatest Bull of all time pre Jordan and Pippen?

I remember reading during one of the Bulls-Jazz series that the Bulls training gym had a big photo of Sloan as a Bulls player on the wall that the (then) current players walked past every day to get to the gym.

RIP
Artis Gilmore, Chet Walker, and Bob Love were better Bulls. Sloan had more seasons there.
 

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Jerry Sloan brought flopping to an art.

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I have a problem with guys that take charges beibg called flops, but I only have limited video of Jerry the player.

He is underrated as a coach that changed the game. He brought back the pick and roll and took it to a new level. I think every team the last 20 years has run some ball screen play they called Utah. The idea the ballscreen was the beginning of a play rather than the end or the scoring play itself. A few of us old guys roll our eyes whenever Steve Kerr or Pop is given credit for the standard play today where the guy comes off the screen with shooters spread in front. In many ways the volution to more anmore options seem like the growth in Stockton(turning the corner, going off the rescreen,to gasp! shooting 3s when they went behind) and Malone's (rolling to the hole for dunks, popping for the jumper, becoming the passer) game (and it is) but is also evolution of a system and the game itself.
 

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I have a problem with guys that take charges beibg called flops, but I only have limited video of Jerry the player.

He is underrated as a coach that changed the game. He brought back the pick and roll and took it to a new level. I think every team the last 20 years has run some ball screen play they called Utah. The idea the ballscreen was the beginning of a play rather than the end or the scoring play itself. A few of us old guys roll our eyes whenever Steve Kerr or Pop is given credit for the standard play today where the guy comes off the screen with shooters spread in front. In many ways the volution to more anmore options seem like the growth in Stockton(turning the corner, going off the rescreen,to gasp! shooting 3s when they went behind) and Malone's (rolling to the hole for dunks, popping for the jumper, becoming the passer) game (and it is) but is also evolution of a system and the game itself.
Sloan was a very good hard-nosed defensive player who had an outsized willingness to take charges. He was known for this particular talent. He was a proficient practictioner and may have been a pioneer in that respect. I did see him play and noting that he brought "flopping" to an art form was a compliment. As I recall Johnny Most used to refer to Sloan's and his exaggerated acting as "Stanislavsky"

Hope that clears up your problem.
 
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