Utah Jazz To Honor Jerry Sloan With 1223 Jersey Patch

Jul 21, 2020, 10:04 AM | Updated: Apr 26, 2021, 3:13 pm

Utah Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan during the game. The Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers...

Utah Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan during the game. The Utah Jazz defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 97-88 at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

(Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Jazz announced that they will wear a patch on their uniforms that will honor former team head coach Jerry Sloan. The Jazz will wear a patch with the number “1223” in honor of the career win total Sloan accrued with the franchise.

On May 22, Sloan passed away at age 78 after his four-year battle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia.

“Coach Jerry Sloan will forever be in the hearts of the Utah Jazz organization and fans everywhere, and we feel it is only fitting to honor him in this way,” said Greg Miller, member of the NBA Board of Governors and Director of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies in the press release. “His contributions to our Jazz family and communities are a defining part of our franchise history and we look forward to seeing 1,223 on the jerseys of our players in Orlando as a nod to his legacy.”

According to the team’s website, “fans can purchase a commemorative jersey patch for $12.23 with proceeds benefitting the Michael J. Fox Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Patches can be purchased both in-store and at www.jazzteamstore.com and can be affixed on a jersey. The Jazz have made a financial contribution in Sloan’s memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and direct donations are also encouraged at www.michaeljfox.org/donate.”

Sloan’s Legacy

Sloan was the longest-tenured head coach in American major league sports with the same franchise when he resigned as the head coach of the Jazz on February 10, 2011.

He got a call from Frank Layden to work as an assistant coach and did that from 1984 to 1988.

On December 12, 1988, Frank Layden abruptly resigned, and Jerry Sloan became the head coach of the Utah Jazz. It was the beginning of a Hall of Fame career.

The same qualities that defined him as a player were the same when he coached. He was a fiery competitor.

There were ups and downs – including early playoff exits – but the team, led by future Hall of Famers, John Stockton and Karl Malone, took on the personality of their coach.

The Jazz won. A lot.

After years of playoff disappointment, John Stockton sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals for the first time in 1997. Jerry’s reaction will never be forgotten.

NBA Restart In Orlando

The first chance that Jazz fans will get to see the patch in a live game is when the 2019-20 NBA season resumes on Thursday, July 23 when the Jazz take on the Phoenix Suns in an exhibition scrimmage.

Utah and 21 other NBA teams will play eight regular season games in Orlando on ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The Jazz will face the Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs twice. After the regular season concludes, the postseason will begin. The Jazz have already clinched a playoff berth but will look to move up the standings.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Nick Smith Jr. #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks warms up before a game against the Mississippi State B...

Ben Anderson

NBA Draft Insider Peek: Draft Opens Up At Jazz Ninth Pick

Yahoo Sports insider Krysten Peek said the talent in the NBA draft dips just before the Utah Jazz are on the clock with the ninth pick.

1 day ago

Steve Wojciechowski speaks during a press conference after being introduced as the new Salt Lake Ci...

Ben Anderson

Stars Introduce Steve Wojciechowski As Head Coach

The Salt Lake City Stars officially introduced Steve Wojciechowski as the team's new head coach on Wednesday.

1 day ago

Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith...

Ben Anderson

Ryan Smith: Anyone With ‘Rabbit Ears’ Will Catch Jazz Games

Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith hinted that the team's games will be available to fans without a cable or satellite subscription next season.

2 days ago

alen Hood-Schifino speaks with the media during the NBA Draft Combine...

Ben Anderson

Who Do Utah Jazz Fans Like In Draft?

With the NBA Draft just weeks away, Utah Jazz fans have turned their attention to the top prospects in this year's class. 

3 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Report: Jazz Associate General Manager Hired As Suns Assistant Coach

Jazz associate general manager David Fizdale's stop in Utah will only last one season, according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

3 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Utah Jazz Guard Collin Sexton Launches ‘Always More’ Docuseries

Collin Sexton launched an original docuseries to give fans "an exclusive behind-the-scenes look as I explore what Utah has to offer."

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

Utah Jazz To Honor Jerry Sloan With 1223 Jersey Patch