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Hall of Fame coach, Jazz legend Jerry Sloan dies at 78

Hall of Fame coach, Jazz legend Jerry Sloan dies at 78

Jerry Sloan, the Hall of Fame coach who was a fixture for decades in Utah and took the Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, died Friday. He was 78.

The Jazz said he died from complications of Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia. Sloan had been in failing health for many years.

Sloan spent 23 seasons coaching the Jazz. The team -- with John Stockton and Karl Malone leading the way in many of those seasons -- finished below .500 in only one of those years. Sloan won 1,221 games in his career, the fourth-highest total in NBA history. Only Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Gregg Popovich have more victories.

"It was an honor and a privilege to have one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history coaching our team," the Miller family, who own the Jazz, said in a statement. "We have appreciated our relationship with Jerry and acknowledge his dedication to and passion for the Utah Jazz.

"He has left an enduring legacy with this franchise and our family. The far-reaching impact of his life has touched our city, state and the world as well as countless players, staff and fans."

Utah went to the finals twice under Sloan, both times falling to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Sloan entered the Hall of Fame in 2009.

"I'm not into numbers and stuff like that," Sloan said when he passed Pat Riley for No. 3 on the NBA's all-time win list in 2010; Popovich has since surpassed him for that spot. "I never have been. I've got a great organization to work for that's given me an opportunity to stay there for a long time. I'm very thankful for that and the coaches that I have with me. It's not about me."

He spent 34 years in the Jazz organization, as head coach, assistant, scout or senior basketball adviser. Sloan started as a scout, was promoted as an assistant under Frank Layden in 1984 and became the sixth coach in franchise history on Dec. 9, 1988, after Layden resigned.

"Like Stockton and Malone as players, Jerry Sloan epitomized the organization," the Jazz said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed."

Sloan's longevity with the Jazz was remarkable. During his time in Utah, there were 245 coaching changes around the league and five teams -- Charlotte, Memphis, Toronto, Orlando and Minnesota -- did not even exist when he took the helm with the Jazz.

He also was the coach in Chicago for parts of three seasons, going 94-121. But his ties with the Bulls were much deeper. His No. 4 jersey was retired by the team after a playing career in which he averaged 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 755 games over 11 NBA seasons.

They even called him "The Original Bull" because he was selected in the 1966 expansion draft and became a two-time All-Star known for his toughness and grit. He remains the only NBA player to average more than seven rebounds and more than two steals a game in his career.

"Jerry was the face of the Bulls organization from its inception through the mid-1970s, and very appropriately, his uniform No. 4 was the first jersey retired by the team," Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Friday. "A great player and a Hall of Fame NBA coach, most importantly, Jerry was a great person."

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76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

The Philadelphia 76ers arrived in Orlando for the 2019-20 NBA restart Thursday afternoon and star big-man Joel Embiid quickly made headlines with his bubble attire. 

This get-up needs no intro, take a look for yourself.

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On top of the hazmat suit (which we're not quite sure how he got his hands on one so large) Embiid was decked out with his facemask and gloves as well.

Embiid commented on the Walt Disney World Resort bubble earlier this week during a Zoom press conference when he stated he doesn't believe in the restart plan.

“I’m not a big fan of the idea," Embiid said. "But then again, I’m going to do my job. I’m not going to let the city down. I’m going to represent my city, my family, my teammates - that’s what I’ve always done.” 

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“I know I’m going to do the right things,” Embiid said. "I don’t ever do anything. I only play video games. I’m always home. I don’t do anything. But then again, I don’t trust those other guys to do the same. But like I said, I got to do my job."

Being too careful during this pandemic isn't a thing, so kudos to Embiid for breaking out all the stops. 

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WATCH: Dallas Mavericks throw balcony dance party in Orlando NBA restart bubble

WATCH: Dallas Mavericks throw balcony dance party in Orlando NBA restart bubble

True fans of basketball all know how exciting this season's Dallas Mavericks team is to watch on the hardwood, but after watching this video you'll learn that the fun doesn't stop there.  

The Mavericks arrived to the World Disney Resort in Orlando on July 8 and it seems as though it didn't take them long to get acclimated to the new living arrangements. 

Take a look.

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"48 hours of self-isolation can‘t stop DJ Ice-o and DJ Q from turning up 🎧🎧!" Mavericks center Max Kleber said in the caption.

As you can see, Mavericks centers Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber are hosting a full-on block party from the confines of their quarantined balconies. 

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In the video, you can see other players showing off their dance moves like MVP candidate Luka Doncic, sharpshooter J.J. Barea, and forward Dorian Finney Smith. 

Not sure if the Wizards can top this performance, but we'd all love to see an attempt. 

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