NBA legend Jerry Sloan is suffering from Parkinson’s disease as well as Lewy body dementia, he revealed to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“I don’t want people feeling sorry for me,” Sloan said of his decision to go public with his battle for the first time since being diagnosed in September.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder within the nervous system that affects movement. As a result of the disease, he has experienced tremors, a hushed voice and sleeplessness over the past couple months. Lewy body dementia is a neurological disorder that shows symptoms of difficulty with memory, problem solving, planning and analytical thinking.
Sloan, 74, compiled a 1,127–682 record when he coached the Jazz from 1988 to 2011. He reached the Finals twice and is the third winningest coach in NBA history.