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Utah Jazz notes: Sloan is mourning death of a brother

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 12:48 p.m. MDT

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jerry Sloan coached Tuesday at Portland with a heavy heart, and will miss Friday's home game against Minnesota to mourn the death of an older brother.

Charles Ralph "Buck" Sloan, 80, passed away early Tuesday. Cause of death was not immediately known.

Jerry Sloan is one of 10 siblings, and was particularly close with this brother.

Opting out of his usual pre-game session with media members, Sloan chose not to talk publicly about the loss prior to Tuesday's visit with the Trail Blazers.

The Jazz coach will also work Thursday's key Northwest Division game at Denver, then will leave the team to return home for a Friday viewing and Saturday funeral in his native McLeansboro, Ill.

He is expected to re-join the club in time for Sunday's game at New Orleans, the start of a three-game trip that also includes stops in Dallas and San Antonio.

Buck Sloan's death is the latest of string of those close to the Jazz coach.

In February, Jazz owner Larry H. Miller — until then, the only owner Sloan had during his two-decade-plus tenure as coach of the franchise — died due to complications from type-2 diabetes.

Later that same month, Sloan's former Baltimore Bullets teammate and Chicago Bulls coach, Johnny "Redd" Kerr, lost a bout with prostate cancer. On the same day, a short time earlier, Norm Van Lier - Sloan's former backcourt mate with the Bulls — was found dead in his Chicago apartment.

SNYDER ARRESTED: According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, ex-Jazz guard Kirk Snyder was "dressed in a navy blue suicide gown, his wrists shackled to his waist" and "appeared withdrawn" at a video arraignment Tuesday to answer charges of aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

Snyder, The Associated Press reported, was arrested Monday at his Deerfield Township, Ohio, house "after a woman living nearby told Warren County sheriff's officers that he broke into her home and attacked her husband."

Snyder is accused of beating the man "severely enough to break his jaw and ribs," according to the Enquirer.

"That's really a sad situation — that someone you played with is having to go through such a serious situation and has put himself in that predicament," said center Jarron Collins, a teammate during Snyder's lone season in Utah. "Hopefully he can work through it."

Bond for Snyder was set at $500,000, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 16 and a psychiatric evaluation ordered.

"According to an offense report released by the Warren County Sheriff's Office Tuesday," the Cincinnati newspaper reported, "the 25-year-old father of two is accused of breaking into the home of (two) dentists about 3:30 a.m. Monday … Snyder broke a window out of the rear door of the (town)home, ran upstairs and attacked a sleeping Brad Roberts with his fists and an alarm clock, the report says."

Snyder also reportedly attacked another inmate while in a jail holding cell on Monday night, and was charged with that alleged assault as well.

The Jazz took Snyder, a 25-year-old father of two, 16th overall in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft.

The University of Nevada product and Los Angeles native played 68 games for the Jazz, and — along with New Orleans, Houston and Minnesota — for four teams over four NBA seasons overall.

He spent the past season playing for the Chinese Basketball Association's Zheijiang Horses, and according to the Enquirer is no longer living with his family.

KIRILENKO BACK: Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, who missed the second half of Monday's win over New York with a sprained right finger, returned Tuesday.

Kirilenko sprained the finger when it got caught on the rim during second-quarter play.

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