Two-time NBA All-Star and former Evansville men’s basketball standout Jerry Sloan of McLeansboro, Illinois is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, according to The Salt Lake Tribune’s Steve Luhm.
During an interview at his home in Riverton, Sloan said he was diagnosed with the illnesses last fall, according to Luhm’s report. The former Utah Jazz coach decided to go public because of his symptoms, which include tremors, a hushed voice and sleeplessness, have progressed to the point where people have started to notice.
According to MayoClinic.org, Parkinson’s disease is “is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.”
After graduating from McLeansboro High School in 1960, the 74-year-old played for the Evansville Aces from 1962 to 1965. His No. 52 jersey is retired by the Aces.
He was selected 19th overall in the 1964 NBA Draft by the Baltimore Bullets, sitting out for the season. A year later, Sloan was traded to the Chicago Bulls, where he became “the Original Bull,” totaling 10,571 career points and 5,615 rebounds before the Bulls retired his No. 4 jersey. After a series of knee injuries, he retired in 1976.
After retiring as a player, Sloan returned to the Bulls as a coach from 1978 to 1982 before coaching the Utah Jazz from 1985 to 2011. As the fourth winningest coach in NBA history, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.