Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he is filled with sadness as he remembers Johnny "Red" Kerr.
Kerr, the Chicago Bulls' first head coach, died Thursday at age 76. He had been suffering from prostate cancer.
Bulls' chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said Kerr's name was synonymous with Chicago basketball.
The Bulls unveiled a statue of Kerr at the United Center during an emotional ceremony earlier this month that included taped messages from President Barack Obama and commissioner David Sternand speeches from Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan.
In a statement, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan called Kerr a "tremendous person" who gave him the confidence to play in the NBA.
Sloan and Kerr were teammates for one season and Kerr was later his coach with the Bulls.
Kerr coached the Bulls to the playoffs in their inaugural 1966-67 season and spent more than 30 years calling their games.
Services have been set for next week.
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens West Funeral Home, at 17W201 Roosevelt Road, in Oakbrook Terrace.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday at 11 a.m.