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Both Chase and Brown will remain with the Jazz for season-opener

Published October 30, 2006 12:02 pm

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Posted: 2:37 PM- The winner of the Jazz's preseason point-guard competition? Both of them.

Brian Chase and Dee Brown were on the season-opening roster submitted by the Jazz to the NBA on Monday, along with Brown's Illinois teammate Roger Powell. Free-agent forward Hirum Fuller was the only player waived by the Jazz, who will enter the 2006-07 season with the maximum 15 players.

"It's a blessing, man, but nothing is over," said Chase, who made the team on the strength of his team-high nine three-pointers in 19 attempts, a .474 success rate. "I've got to work just as hard, if not harder." The Jazz entered the preseason intending to keep only one of the point guards, but a pelvic injury to Derek Fisher more than two weeks ago convinced coach Jerry Sloan and senior vice president Kevin O'Connor to keep some depth at the position while Fisher recovers.

One of the two guards figures to depart once Fisher is at full strength again.

"Not worried about that," said Brown. "I know I belong in this league." Fuller averaged 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in six preseason games.

He impressed Sloan with his physical play, but was crowded out at the Jazz's deepest position.

Rosters had to be turned in by 4 p.m. MST on Monday. The Jazz's season opener is Wednesday in the Delta Center against Houston.