I too always respected him as a coach. I did not realize that he played for the "Original Bulls" and was known for his defensive intensity. He played with Bob Love, Norm Van Lier, Chet Walker and Nate Thurmond.
Very sad to hear this, just the other day Malone mentioned that he wasn’t doing very well, and to pray for him. His teams were always tough he won 50 plus games in the West after Malone and Stockton, and did it without any superstar players(post Stockton and Malone), no lottery picks, never left teams like other coaches have to chase rings to coach super teams and did it in a small market, was never in the limelight. He did it the old fashioned way, there has to be something said for that. RIP Jerry Sloan