Wow. Zelmo and Willie were so great in their day and it was such a blast
watching the Stars - red-white-blue basketballs, 3-point shooting and wide open
offensive play. I remember seeing Dr. J and his trademark leap from the
free-throw line and stuffing it. Zelmo played like a smaller player in a big
man's body. So quick and agile.Zelmo was a real gentleman in
private. He shopped regularly at a store where I worked as a teenager and always
was so gracious to all the employees and patrons, easy to talk to and full of
great stories. Contrast that with many NBA players today (including Dennis
Rodman in the news recently) who are so full of themselves and it really makes
one miss these guys!!
That is said to hear.Zelmo was agreat player with alot of class. I enjoyed
watching the Stars they had some great players. I know that Merv Jackson and Red
Robbins have also passed away they were also starters on the 1971 Championship
team. I enjoyed watching the ABA it was a much more fast pace and exiting game
than the NBA.
When I was in my teens (70's) I ran into Zelmo and Cincy Powell fishing at
Flaming Gorge. Both were approachable and gracious. I think Zelmo set the tone
for the rest of the Stars. It was a fun team to follow, and the players were a
great part of the community.
My brother and I were at the second to last win. Great memories. RIP big fella..
That championship Utah Stars team I believe could have been competitive with any
of the NBA teams of that day. Big Z was unstoppable and surrounded by players
like Wise, Coombs, the Booner of course, Jones and some other great players. I
was a big fan then and still a big fan of the Jazz. Rest in peace Big Z!
Don't know why he needed a nickname like "Big Z" when Zelmo was
about the coolest name in the history of pro basketball. He was such a pleasure
to watch, such class. He turned a mediocre team into a champion, filled the
Salt Palace seats and paved the way for the Utah Jazz. There never would have
been a Stockton-to-Malone if not for Zelmo Beaty. Thank you Big Z!!! We owe
you a big one.
So long, Zelmo! You were the unquestioned heart of a beautiful team. I truly
miss the Utah Stars.