1983-84 Utah Jazz - Where Are They Now?

20140322-8384reunion-eaves.jpgJerry Eaves

On his favorite memory from that season…

“We had fan support when we were 30-52, my rookie year, but they really came out when we started to win. It was just a great fan support. They’ve always had great fan support in Salt Lake City.”

On what he is up to now…

“I scout for the Knicks now.”

Darrell Griffith

On his favorite memory from that season…

“The biggest memory that I have is that that was the first winning team that we had. The first two seasons were pretty rough. My first season in Utah was probably my roughest year in sports. We were one of the worst teams in the league that year and coming off a national championship in college, that was kind of hard to swallow. But we made some good changes in the office and we acquired Thurl Bailey that year. We ended up picking up Mark Eaton, I think my second year there. We made some good moves and then by 83-84, we got to the playoffs. So that’s a major change from my first year in Utah.”

On what he is up to now…

“I’m back in Louisville. When I played in Utah, I spent my summers back home. I never left. I work at the University. I’m a special assistant to the president at the University.”

20140322-8384reunion-kelly.jpgRich Kelley

On his favorite memory from that season…

“One of the best memories was seeing Frank chosen as the All-Star coach. I think we had to win the last game in the cutoff period before they decided, based on the best record. That was exciting. We were all thrilled for him. The fact that we had the best record in the Western Conference was pretty thrilling.”

On what he is up to now…

“I’ve got a small private equity fund. I’m very busy investing in small buyouts. The name of the fund is Search Fund Partners (searchfund.net).”

John Drew

On his favorite memory from that season…

“That’s the first year we made the playoffs. That year we had the leading shot-blocker, the leading assist man, the leading scorer, the leading sixth-man coming off the bench and the leading three-point shooter – Darrell Griffith, Rickey Green, Mark Eaton, Adrian Dantley and myself. We was a pretty well-knitted team. We all got along pretty good.”

On what he is up to now…

“I’m a taxi cab driver. Everybody knows that. I’m in Houston, Texas.”

20140322-8384reunion-eaton.jpgMark Eaton

On his favorite memory from that season…

“I think the best memory was we finally made the playoffs. We secured the playoff spot. I think we had champagne in the locker room after and seeing the smile on Sam Adams Jones face. A team that was starting to become a winner.”

On what he is up to now…

“The last few years I’ve spent my time primarily doing motivational speaking and I do a program called the four commitments of a winning team. I speak about the same team you’re talking about in my presentation. Then I’m still involved in the restaurants, we have Tuscany and Franck’s.”

20140322-8384reunion-layden2.jpgScott Layden

On his favorite memory from that season…

“It was really an unbelievable team effort. I think the franchise was starved for a chance to get into the postseason and for success. I think that the players really came together on the court and did a great job. My dad of course had a once in a lifetime year where he was the All-Star coach. He was coach of the year, executive of the year and won the Walter Kennedy award. He really became an icon overnight and it was obviously exciting as a son to watch that. I was thrilled for him and thrilled for his success. But none of it comes about unless the team has success.”

On what he is up to now…

“I’m the assistant general manager for the Spurs. I’ve just been very fortunate to be with this organization and it’s really been a wonderful opportunity.”

20140322-8384reunion-hansen.jpgBobby Hansen

On his favorite memory from that season…

“My best memory came from winning the first playoff series against Denver. A local reporter from Denver, Woody Paige, had written a column that the Jazz had no heart. That fired us all up and Frank Layden used that as our rallying cry. After the season Frank had rings made for all of us with the inscription ‘Utah Jazz: The Team with Heart’.”

On what he is up to now…

“I have been the color analyst on all University of Iowa Men's Basketball radio broadcasts for the last 22 years since retiring from the NBA.”

20140322-8384reunion-bailey.jpgThurl Bailey

On his favorite memory from that season…

“My best memory is just coming on the team and being in awe of the guys who were already there. The Adrian Dantley’s, Rickey Green, Darrell Griffith. I had the Dr. Dunkenstein poster on my wall. So it was just kind of getting past that, knowing that listen, I’m on the same stage as these guys. I’ve got to make my mark or I’m not going to be in the league very long. But I thing if I had to pick one huge memory it was the fact that we made the playoffs for the first time in Utah Jazz history, my rookie season.”

On what he is up to now…

“I think basketball has given me a great platform to be able to share that with a lot of people. Because all of the things that we’ve been through, that we go through, really go well with business, with corporate America, with people’s personal lives, persevering, being on a team, having great leadership. So I’ve been able to use that and go out to speak to youth groups as well as corporate groups.”

20140322-8384reunion-layden1.jpgFrank Layden

On his favorite memory from that season…

“I think the cohesiveness. I think they got along with each other. The fact that they played unselfishly and they kind of set the tone for what the Jazz teams are gonna be in the future. The Jazz became known for their efficiency and they certainly had great unselfishness.”

On what he is up to now…

“Right now I’m in San Antonio. We’re kind of here spending time with Scott. We’ve been going away for the winters the last few years. Last year we were in Arizona, which I love, because I think everybody knows how much I like baseball. In Arizona I really love seeing the spring training games. This year, we’re here in San Antonio seeing a few Spurs games and Spurs practices.

20140322-8384reunion-johnson.jpgPhil Johnson

On his favorite memory from that season…

“We had two really strong players by the name of Adrian Dantley and Darrell Griffith along with that, Rickey Green and some people that really came in and played well.”

On what he is up to now…

“I do Jazz TV. I’m a TV analyst for the Jazz. I do pregame, halftime and postgame at home games. It’s been great.”