Jerry Sloan played for the Chicago Bulls from 1966–76, and was known for his tenacious defense. Three years after retiring as a player he started a coaching career that took him from the Bulls to the Utah Jazz.

A day after losing to the Bulls, a person with knowledge of the situation says Sloan is stepping down as head coach of the Jazz.

The person also told The Associated Press on Thursday that longtime assistant Phil Johnson also will resign. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the resignations have not yet been formally announced.

Salt Lake City television station KSL first reported Sloan’s pending resignation.

The team has scheduled a 3 p.m. press conference Thursday for what it called a significant announcement.

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