Jazz have moment of silence for Miller

Updated: February 22, 2009, 2:23 PM ET
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AP Photo/Douglas C. PizacBefore the game, a spotlight shined on the empty seat of late Jazz owner Larry Miller.

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz honored team owner Larry H. Miller with a moment of silence before their game against New Orleans on Saturday, a day after Miller's death.

The Jazz showed a brief video tribute as a lone spotlight shined down on Miller's empty courtside seat.

The players also debuted patches that will be part of the uniform for the rest of the season. The patch is the original team logo, a purple music note with gold and green trim and the initials "LHM" in white at the top.

Miller died Friday of complications from diabetes. He was 64. Miller's funeral is scheduled for Feb. 28 at EnergySolutions Arena.

After the buzzer, Deron Williams walked the game ball across the court to hand it to Miller's widow, Gail, and hugged her.

Miller owned the Jazz for nearly 25 years, buying a 50 percent share of the team in 1985 and the rest a year later. He was credited with saving the fledgling franchise from moving twice and keeping the NBA in his hometown.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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