Along the way Layden dealt with some great players, including Malone, Maravich, Eaton, Adrian Dantley, Darrell Griffith and John Stockton. One name he brought up Tuesday, though, "might surprise you:
"If I had one shot to be taken, to win the championship or to save my life, I would have John Drew take it," Layden said. "I really mean that. He was a great guy."
Then there are the regrets. Like most mortals, Layden has a few.
The biggest: "I regret that we didn't win a championship.
"But it wasn't from a lack of effort," Layden said. "I would like to have been able to walk away saying we had a world's championship in our pocket. But I think we did everything we could to bring that to Utah - except sell our souls. Maybe we could won it if we had done some deals to bring in some bad guys ... but we didn't do that. We did it the right way."
Which is why Layden says he felt so good on the early mornings at the Delta Center, when it was just him and the memory of Pistol Pete playing a little one-on-one.
"I'd shoot around, look up at the flags, the (NBA Western Conference) championship flags and stuff, and the floor, and I felt good about it," he said. "You know, you can't take 20 years of your life and just throw them away."
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