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Position: F-G

Height: 6-6 Weight: 225

College: Notre Dame '81

Age: Turns 39 Monday

Residence: Boonton Township, N.J.

Personal: Television broadcaster for Detroit Pistons and Patriot League college games. Married (Janice) with two children: Travis Jake and one on the way.

Jazz years: 1986-88.

Jazz stats: Averaged 9.1 points over 128 games.

Jazz memory: Tripucka admits his tenure with the Jazz was a tough time. After earning all-star status with the Pistons, he found himself as a role player in Utah. He does, however, have fond memories of Feb. 4, 1988 when the Jazz snapped an eight-game losing streak at Portland with a 126-123 victory. Tripucka had sprained an ankle earlier in the game but asked Frank Layden for a chance to shoot the final shot. "I said `put me back in, I know I can get a shot off,' " Tripucka recalled. "We won the game. That was a lot of fun."