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JAZZ FANS OWE THANKS TO GRIFFITH

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To the editor:

As Darrell Griffith ends his career with the Utah Jazz, it is appropriate that the fans thank him for his contribution to the team.Unlike many college superstars selected as top picks by perennial losers, Griffith came to the Jazz with an optimistic attitude and made no effort to join a better team. Faithful Jazz fans will remember many games in a half empty Salt Palace when Dr. Dunkenstine's dramatic dunks and rainbow three-pointers highlighted otherwise dismal evenings. His exciting style of play brought in enough fans to keep the then struggling Jazz in Utah.

Although in recent years he seemed to shoot the same percentage from under the basket as he did from three-point range, he was always near perfect from anywhere on the court when the game was on the line. Can anyone remember the Golden Griff missing a game-winning or game-tying shot in the closing seconds?

Thanks for the memories, Darrell. You'll never play as a Jazz man in the Delta Center, but No. 35 deserves to hang from its rafters.

Troy D. Johnson

Kaysville