Jerry Sloan and the Top 10 NBA Coaches of All Time
Having coached the Utah Jazz since 1988, Jerry Sloan has been part of the NBA for a long time.
With the news of his retirement coming Thursday, it is a sad day for basketball nation.
Sloan never won a championship title, but he played with some great teams and great players, and is one of the best coaches in NBA history, along with some other memorable names.
No. 10. Larry Brown
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Larry Brown no longer coaches in the NBA and his last position with was a young Charlotte Bobcats team.
His last stretch of coaching in the NBA started with San Antonio in 1988 and along the way he captured one championship title with the Detroit Pistons, and three total conference titles.
No. 9. Jerry Sloan
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Although Sloan never took home an NBA championship, he did take the Jazz to six conference finals and two NBA finals appearances in 1997 and 1998.
Both times, the Jazz, led by John Stockton and Karl Malone were defeated by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Sloan was elected to the basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
No. 8. Don Nelson
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Don Nelson is the all-time leader in wins by a coach in NBA history.
That alone puts him on this list. Nelson never won a championship in his 34 year coaching career.
He lead the Mavericks to four seasons in a row of 50 wins or more with Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki leading the way.
No. 7. Red Holzman
Holzman has one of the best coaching resume's of all time.
He has two NBA championship titles, coming in 1970 and 1973. Holzman also took to Knicks to three total conference titles and was named coach of the year in 1970.
No. 6. Bill Fitch
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Fitch received an NBA coaching award in 1979 and lead the Boston Celtics to a championship title in 1980.
Fitch is also connected to the famous, "Miracle of Richfield" season where the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, led by Austin Carr, went all the way to the NBA finals after never having made the playoffs before.
No. 5. Pat Riley
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Pat Riley was the one who some consider the "master" behind the plan to get Lebron James and Chris Bosh to Miami.
Riley has won six NBA championship titles in his coaching career, the last coming in 2006 with the Miami Heat.
He has also been recognized with three NBA coach of the year awards.
No. 4. John Kundla
John Kundla was the first majorly successful coach and created the first dynasty that basketball had ever seen.
He won five NBA championships in his coaching career, with the last coming in 1954 with the Minneapolis Lakers led by George Mikan.
No. 3. Chuck Daly
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Chuck Daly was first hired by the Detroit Pistons, a team who had never been tremendously good.
He coached them to the NBA finals three years in a row, winning two of them in 1989 and 1990.
Daly was also named to the basketball Hall of Fame.
No. 2. Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach is best known for the NBA dynasty he built in the 50's surrounding Bill Russell.
He stressed team play and strong defense with the teams he coached. He won eight consecutive NBA titles and nine championships in 10 years between 1957 and 1966.
Auerbach is also known for smoking cigars when he was confident of the outcome of the game.
No. 1. Phil Jackson
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Now maybe, just maybe, the players Phil Jackson has coached has something to do with his success.
Two of the greatest NBA players of all-time, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, were the main factors of every team Jackson won a championship with.
He has 11 total NBA championships, the most ever.