"It's a different era," Jefferson said. "When I first came into the league, I was a power forward and every team had two big men. Now I'm a center, and I'm one of the only guys left who plays with his back to the basket. It's crazy."
Miles is now married. He's found a home with the Pacers as a small forward and even occasionally at power forward — when he first entered the NBA as a shooting guard.
He's a key cog with the Pacers, a shooter who offers floor spacing when Paul George and Jeff Teague each try to drive to the basket. Miles said he still cherishes his time with the Jazz, the Deron Williams-led teams that he played on, and his time in the community.
"I've grown up and matured," Miles said. "I was trying to find my way when I was with the Jazz, and I had a lot of ups and downs. But I found my niche in the NBA, I found what I'm good at and I just try and work hard and keep getting better."
What's big and white and green all over?
Not Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Not next year at least.
The 19,000 or so bright green, plastic seats fans have plopped down into since the Delta Center opened in 1991 are getting the heave-ho. As part of a $110 million renovation set to be competed before next season, thousands of new "fully upholstered, plush back and contour foam seats"— all of them "Jazz navy blue" in color — will be installed in the downtown arena.
"While we will all miss the green seats, these new cushioned Jazz blue chairs will provide our guests an upgraded experience as they attend Jazz games, concerts and other events in the arena," Jazz president Steve Starks said in a news release.
The green plastic seats will be offered "as a keepsake and thank you" to season ticket holders who renew their seats for next season.
"One of our priorities in determining the top-to-bottom improvements has been to make changes that will benefit everyone," said Steve Miller, chairman of the arena renovation committee. "The upgraded seats will be for all our guests to enjoy. We have the best and most loyal fans in the NBA and we want to treat them that way."
LHM officials on Monday also revealed plans for a "super club," with room for 1,700 guests on the second level of the arena behind the lower bowl seats. According to the news release, the club membership will be for season ticket holders in rows A-12 in 10 sections and rows A-2 in four baseline sections of the lower bowl.