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Closet Jazz Fan Coming Out

Hi guys. I'm a closet Jazz fan and I've been following SLC Dunk for about 2 years now. I've wanted to start fan posts earlier in the season, but a hectic work/life means I couldn't find the energy when it comes down to it. (Insert bad joke about the Jazz and 4th quarter here). Today, I finally felt compelled to join the fray!

First off, a self introduction. I'm a Jazz fan from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. That's pretty weird, right? All but one of my friends knows I'm a Jazz fan. Incidentally, he is the only one who cares about basketball. Why am I a Jazz fan? Well, every Jazz fan has a fandom story.

I spent my boyhood in Taiwan, where basketball is super popular. My older brother and I were best friends growing up, and we insisted on being a pair in playground pick-up games. Boys always emulate their idols, so we emulated the most dynamic of duos, Stockton-Malone! We started watching Jazz games and researched their basketball plays; Jazz basketball was beautiful at that time and we became fans. Another, more Freudian reason; our father is a Michael Jordan fan, and the second Bulls 3-peat coincided with our rebellious phase. We cheered for the Jazz, and there were some pretty intense heckling matches during the '97 and '98 finals.

My basketball interest dwindled when I went to university, but I did keep track during the Deron era. It was not until the 2012 finals, the Heat-Thunder series, that I was interested in NBA again. (Secret confession: I cheered for Steve Nash and Lakers last season, the Jazz was too boring to watch...) This year though, I was excited by the young dudes on the roster, and have fully resumed my Jazz fandom.

I'll be following up this post with some thoughts on the Jazz coaching situation.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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