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Sloan's honesty, grit will be missed

Updated: February 10, 2011, 7:00 PM ET
By Dr. Jack Ramsay | ESPN

Jerry Sloan entered the NBA in 1965 as a quiet, lanky 2-guard from Evansville College. But his soft-spoken demeanor masked a fierce competitiveness. He was soon known throughout the league as a relentless defender, a tenacious rebounder and a player who, despite a lack of exceptional offensive skill, still averaged 14 points per game over his 11-year playing career. He was an in-the-trenches player -- always the aggressor, never backing down from anyone, forever involved in loose-ball scrambles ...

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