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The other night against the Pacers, the Jazz wore green throwback uniforms. I have to say that I was very happy to see them break out something new/old. While those uniforms were worn before I was born, or at least before I was cognizant of basketball, they sent a message that the Jazz have a nice history. While the Jazz's existence in the NBA is not as storied or decorated as the Celtics or the Lakers or the 76ers, they have had a long streak of success and a long line of great players that spans back to when the green uniforms were worn.

I know that while it is easy to root for teams with a long tradition and history, I am proud of my team's accomplishments. I am well aware of the fact that Utah has never won a championship, and only been to two NBA Finals, but they have only had two sub-.500 seasons in Jerry Sloan's tenure as coach. If you look at the men who have numbers retired by the Jazz, they are all men who made a lasting contribution to the team and the league. Stockton, Malone, Maravitch, Dantley, even Layden- these are great NBA contributors that have made the Jazz a team of proud tradition that hopefully will see more men wanting to join their ranks in the rafters of the Energy Solutions Arena.

I hope to see the greens on the team again, and hopefully the old purple ones will be soon to follow. The throwbacks not only let the players know of the team's history, but the fans as well, and that is something to be happy about. I like the idea of kids getting to know more about what came before, and who put the Jazz on the map as a Western Conference winner.

-Conor Bentley


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