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Sometimes a ceremony can be a bit anti-climatic. Sometimes, the anticipation can be so much the real thing doesn’t approach expectation. Wednesday’s reunion of the 1997 Utah Jazz Western Conference championship team didn’t have that problem. Even without Karl Malone …

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  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Coaches, players and staff members of the Utah Jazz 1997 team are introduced to the fans during halftime of the Utah Jazz versus New Your Knicks at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City Wednesday March 22, 2017. Kragthorpe: Jazz’s 20-year reunion brings NBA Finals season to life
    John Stockton faked inside, then popped back and caught Bryon Russell’s pass. The Utah Jazz legend dribbled once and launched an unforgettable shot. ...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 10:28 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Jazz notes: Former point guard Howard Eisley backing up Jeff Hornacek in New York
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    Updated Mar 22 2017 11:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks the ball as the Utah Jazz host the New York Knicks, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Wednesday March 22, 2017. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert’s career night powers 108-101 win over Knicks
    The Hall of Famer still sits down and watches his old team, from time to time, from the comfort of his own home. “They have talent. They have youth,” ...
    Updated Mar 23 2017 11:18 am   |     |   Share
  • (Lennie Mahler  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Derrick Favors complains to an official about a missed call in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Utah Jazz mailbag: How do the Jazz deal with Favors being out? Who helps Gobert and Hayward?
    Tribune Jazz beat reporter Tony Jones will answer readers’ questions in a Twitter mailbag each week. You can submit questions using the hashtag #TonyT...

    Updated Mar 22 2017 01:52 pm   |     |   Share


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