If the lockout of 1998-99 was a minor disaster for the NBA at-large, the
shortened season that resulted sounded the death knell for the championship
hopes of the Utah Jazz. In their two previous seasons, the Jazz had reached
the NBA's championship series (losing both times to the Chicago Bulls) -- and
with Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson (temporarily) retired, with Scottie
Pippen in Houston and Dennis Rodman permanently reduced to civilian status,
the Jazz were entitled to believe that the ...