Championship memory: "It was a crazy night. The fact I could play part of my career with Big Z (Beaty) was huge for me, and chemistry we had on that Stars' team, I have never forgotten it. I will always cherish those memories. It was like living a dream a storybook season. They can never take that championship away from us."What is Wise doing now? The former truckline owner lives in Bellevue, Wash. He drives a cement truck on graveyards to devote time to his children.
Owner Bill Daniels
Championship memory: Daniels, who died last year, had said: "Winning the ABA championship in Salt Lake City was the greatest moment in my life. It was a thrill for me. I loved the fans in Salt Lake City. They gave us great support. It was with great sorrow that we weren't able to overcome our losses financially at that time. But at the same time, it was with great joy that I was able to repay the season ticket holders."Daniels' legacy continues: He left a billion-dollar foundation called the Daniels Fund, headquartered in Denver with offices in New Mexico and Wyoming. The foundation is said to be expanding to Salt Lake City.
President/General Manager Vince Boryla
Championship memory: "To be part owner of the team and be able to win the championship was unbelievable for me. But I didn't think it would happen in our first year in Salt Lake City. We kind of spoiled the fans there. They thought we should win it every year after that. They're very knowledgeable fans. But they didn't realize how difficult it was to do it."What is Boryla doing now? Living with his wife, Mary Jo, in Littleton, Colo., the multimillionare Boryla has retired from daily business. He maintains interests in land developments and owns a parking lot adjacent to Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.
Head coach Bill Sharman
Championship memory: "Winning the championship game was great for the city. But the game I remember the most was winning the seventh game of the Western Division finals against Indiana on the road. We were down by seven points at the half and came back to win. And I'll always remember the big crowd about 10,000 people who were there to meet us when we returned from Indiana. A parade and everything."What is Sharman doing now? Sharman lives in the Los Angeles area and still is a part-time consultant with the Lakers.
Assistant coach Larry Creger
Championship memory: "My association with Bill Sharman and the team chemistry we had was unbelievable. You can't put a price on it. And you can't take away such a great memory for my time in Salt Lake City. The fans were great to us. All my associations I had in Salt Lake City were great for me and my family."What is Creger doing now? He lives in the Los Angeles area, where he scouts for NBA talent and operates summer camps and tournaments for NBA players.
Dan Pattison, who was the only Utah Stars beat writer the Deseret News ever had, passed away earlier this month.
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