"You've got the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, you've got the lake, and you've got the Utah Jazz," says Frank Layden. "That's what people know. I travel all around the world, and everywhere I go that's what people talk about when they learn you're from Utah. The Utah Jazz. John Stockton. Karl Malone. The Jazz have been critical to this city. If you don't have that arena and the Jazz, we don't get the Olympics. And we don't get the NBA All-Star Game and the NBA Finals.
"I'll tell you this: Larry's name should be on that arena somewhere. On the floor or on the building, whatever. When he got into something, he took it seriously. You'd see him down on the ground with a hard hat on when they were building that thing. When he built the Delta Center it was the best arena in basketball. It's first class."
I have had this said to me hundreds of times: "My mom is the Jazz's biggest fan." Many women who are older and widowed start to think of the Jazz players as their kids. They can't come to the arena, but they watch on TV and know the players' names and stats, and it fills a void in their lives. There are thousands of those women out there.
A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
Playing Bop is like playing scrabble with all the vowels missing.
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