I wish I could say I was a basketball fan all my life but to be honest I cannot say that. In my mid forties I do remember owning a stuffed star from the Utah Stars era back in elementary school but I really did not get into the jazz until around 1980. That is when everyone around me told me to try out for basketball because of my heighth. I had never really played before and did not even know what a lay up was. Well I made the team and never looked back. I fell in love with basketball.