Utah owner Miller won't listen to Jazz on the Sabbath
My driver is Larry Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz. This is all his fault.
SOMEWHERE IN UTAH -- Honestly, I don't know where we are. All I know is that I haven't seen another car or human for miles, that the Lexus' GPS system had a nervous breakdown once we hit the dirt trails, and that we're high enough in the Wasatch Mountains that I can reach out and touch the snow drifts.
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I can't remember exactly what time it was. Almost-midnight late. Too late on a Friday to be sending an e-mail to the Utah Jazz media relations department asking whether team owner Larry Miller would let me hang out with him Sunday.I don't usually spend a lot of time with NBA owners. Then again, NBA owners don't usually boycott one of their own team's playoffs games because of religious reasons. But Miller was going to do exactly that. He was going to skip the game, drive around town, and do it all under a self-imposed news blackout. He wouldn't even get a scoring update. So I sent the e-mail late Friday night, just after the Jazz had beaten the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference semis. No way would Miller say yes to the request. No way would the e-mail ever make it to Miller. Early Saturday morning: no response. Late Saturday morning: no response. I left the house. I ran errands. I even mowed my weed-infested excuse of a yard. Then my cell phone rang early in the afternoon. "This is Larry Miller," said the voice. "I got your e-mail. What do you have in mind?" I told him. He paused and then said, "OK, that's fine." "Really?" I said. Imagine that. Larry and I were going on a Sunday road trip.