Other players on that team: Gordan Giricek, Raja Bell, Carlos Arroyo, DeShawn Stevenson, Mikki Moore, Greg Ostertag, Jarron Collins and an undiscovered Mo Williams.
"Bottom line is we just had some guys that wanted to play and wanted to win," Johnson said. "And it happened."
So here comes the new era in Jazzdom. Johnson, Sloan, Stockton, Malone and the late Larry H. Miller are gone. Almost every tie to the Jazz' glory days has been severed.
Experts are again predicting an end to the Jazz's excellence, with good reason; the team is in danger of missing the playoffs after losing 10 of its last 14 games. At the All-Star break, the Jazz are tied for the last playoff spot.
It's hard to imagine things getting better soon.
Still, stranger things have happened. As the '03-04 Jazz showed, sometimes just when you're headed for oblivion, you turn up in the most unexpected places.
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