Retired point guard and former Utah Jazz star Deron Williams issued a statement Friday on Instagram following the news of the death of his former head coach, Jerry Sloan.

"Very sad to hear about the passing of coach Sloan this (morning)," Williams said in his caption. "I'm praying for Tammy and their family during this time. I know things didn't end well between us in Utah, however I'm glad that I got the chance to sit down with him before it was too late. Definitely something that would have haunted me for the rest of my life.

"Blessed that I got to play for him and learn so much from him during my 5 1/2 years in Utah. You knew he always had your back when you stepped out on that court."