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, speaking collectively for the community, love our Utah Jazz, especially when they're winning. And this year they're winning big . . . now on their way to the Western Conference finals.
Once again, there's play off excitement in the Utah air.
As expected, Jazz fans endured a few lean seasons following the glory years of Stockton and Malone. Indeed, it's been nearly a decade since the Jazz have made it this far in post season play. It is a time for devoted and even nominal fans to savor.
Credit Jazz owner Larry Miller and his staff for bringing in an array of young and talented players who have melded superbly into a team without prima donnas or irrepressible egos. Their willingness to share the ball is a thing of beauty.
Then there's the stability of Jerry Sloan and his assistants who have skillfully adapted their precise style of play to the personnel they have. National sports writers may have slighted him once again, but in KSL's view, Jerry Sloan is the coach of the year.
Add a good dose of inspiration in the form of Derek Fisher and the formula for this year's success seems whole. Our prayers continue to be with his family and his daughter.
Now, it's on to the Western Conference finals, and a few more heart-stopping games.