Jerry Sloan left a major footprint in the NBA | Brian Bahr / .
Jerry Sloan was once one of the NBA’s best point guards, in an era when he was dominated by centers Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. As a coach he was even better and when he led the Jazz he was the creator of an offensive play that maximized the size of the center by taking advantage of a pass from the pilot.
What Sloan created was called pick and roll and was his trademark since 1988. It is one of the simplest plays in basketball and was very successful on the Salt Lake City team.
A point guard handled the ball, usually John Stockton, and awaits the screen of a teammate, usually Karl Malone. The one who makes the feint then throws himself into the basket in the middle of the defense’s confusion to score without a mark and was generally a dunk.
Jerry Sloan’s pick-and-roll makes him the godfather of modern NBA offense https://t.co/DsZ8m2rnsJ
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As simple as running is, your success depends on variation. “We have 11 options only when I’m going to choose,” Malone said in 1998. “That’s the beauty of it. For every adjustment defenders make, we have a play that has already worked against him a thousand times.”
Jerry Sloan, a legendary NBA player, passed away today at the age of 78
As a player, he was an All Star 2 times and is a member of the Hall Of Fame
As a coach, he was one of the most successful, reaching 1223 victories, the 4th in all NBA history.
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Although Stockton and Malone were one of the best couples in the NBA, Sloan has a lot of credit for the success they both had thanks to their vision.