Jazz in Boise: Long Shot

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The name Gerry McNamara may not ring a bell to most in Utah, but the sharp shooting point guard remembers BYU very well.

Gerry McNamara doesn't stand out here in Boise either, but in Utah BYU fans know him well.

McNamara scorched the Cougars with 43 points in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2004.

"That was definitely, that BYU game was one of the best games I've ever played," said McNamara. "Especially in college so it's definitely one of my top memories."

And one of BYU's worst. McNamara hit nine 3-pointers as the Orangemen came from behind to win by five points.

"I've hit seven a few times, but nine is definitely going to stand for awhile," McNamara said. "They had a good team that year and we were just fortunate to win."

McNamara may not be fortunate to win a roster spot with the Jazz, but no matter what happens in training camp he will always have great memories of 2004 when everyone knew him when he walked through the crowd in Denver.

"I have the DVD of that game and watch it once in awhile, but I'm trying to move forward," said McNamara. "That was a great memory, but I'm trying to make some new ones."

The Jazz will hold an open scrimmage in Boise tomorrow night. Then Saturday afternoon Jazz fans can watch a free scrimmage at EnergySolutions Arena.

E-mail: kaiken@ksl.com

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