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1998 Utah Jazz: Where Are They Now?

1998 Utah Jazz: Where Are They Now?

The Jazz was coming off an appearance in the 1997 NBA Finals, where the Chicago Bulls defeated them. The team ran the table during the 1997-98 season. The Jazz won 62 games and was the best in the division and Western Conference. The team made it back to the 1998 NBA Finals but was once again defeated by the Chicago Bulls.

Karl Malone nearly won the MVP Award for a second straight season. Instead, he finished second to Michael Jordan. Still, the combination of Malone, John Stockton, Jeff Hornacek, and Bryon Russell made the team a fierce squad. In the end, it wasn’t good enough to land the title. We are nearing the 25th anniversary of those Finals. It’s been plenty of time for wounds to heal as these players are in different stages of their life.

Here is where they are now.


Adam Keefe (Financial Advisor)

Adam Keefe (Financial Advisor)

Keefe joined the Jazz in 1994 and stayed with the team until 2000. From 2001 to 2004, he played internationally for Spain. He eventually won a championship in 2002 with Casademont Girona of Liga ACB. He averaged 13.9 points and 9.9 rebounds that season.

After Keefe retired, he became a financial advisor. Keefe played college basketball at Stanford with a degree in political science. In 2005, he teamed up with Ed O’Bannon to coach the Pump N Run youth basketball league. As of 2021, he led the “36 Sports Strong” campaign that persuaded Stanford to reverse its 2020 decision to cut 11 sports programs. Among those programs saved were field hockey and wrestling.


Jacque Vaughn (NBA Assistant Coach)

Jacque Vaughn (NBA Assistant Coach)

As a player, Vaughn played with the Jazz from 1997 to 2001. His playing career officially ended in 2009 after playing with the Hawks, Magic, Nets, and Spurs. In 2010, he joined the league as a coach. He was an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich from 2010 to 2012, which is where he won an NBA championship in 2007 as a player for “Pop.”

Vaughn was the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 2012 to 2015 but was fired in the middle of the 2014-15 season when the team was 15-37. He never had a winning record with the team. He then joined the Brooklyn Nets as an assistant coach. He took over as interim coach in March 2020 when Kenny Atkinson resigned. He went 7-3 during that time. He has since remained with the team as an assistant to Steve Nash.


Chris Morris (Family Man)

Chris Morris (Family Man)

Morris is the former No. 4 overall pick from the 1988 NBA Draft. Morris played with the Nets from 1988 to 1995 and then joined the Jazz until 1998. Morris left professional basketball in 2004 after stints with international teams, as well as the Harlem Globetrotters.

Morris made news in 2004 when he won a lawsuit against Olympiacos seeking $1.3 million in salary. Since his playing days ended, Morris has kept it low-key. He remains good friends with Antoine Carr. He was last spotted during the 2018 playoffs with Carr when he called Donovan Mitchell a great player.


Greg Ostertag (Realtor)

Greg Ostertag (Realtor)

Ostertag was a mainstay for Jazz between 1995 to 2004. He played with the Kings from 2004 to 2005. He returned to the Jazz for one season. He left basketball, but returned six years later and joined the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. However, his return was cut short after he sustained a knee injury 10 games into the season.

Ostertag stays busy with four children. He had three children from a previous marriage, He has one child with his current wife, who is about nine years old. He serves his time in reality. He is the co-founder of The Ostertag Group, which owns and operates ML Edwards & Co., Watermelon Mills Coffee House, and Ostertag Construction.


Antoine Carr (Construction)

Antoine Carr (Construction)

Carr bounced around a few teams during his playing career. He played for the Hawks, Kings, Spurs, Jazz, Rockets, and Grizzlies. His tenure with the Jazz was between 1994 to 1998. Carr retired from basketball after playing one season with the Kansas City Knights of the ABA and then one season with the Greek professional team Ionikos NF in 2002.

Carr is a big-time Wichita State fan. His number is retired by the school. In 2019, he was seen giving a speech during a pep rally hosted by the alumni. As evidenced by the Last Dance documentary series, Carr is living life by running a construction business in the San Antonio area that remodels historic buildings and homes.


Greg Foster (NBA Assistant Coach)

Greg Foster (NBA Assistant Coach)

Foster spent time with the Jazz between 1995 to 1999. He eventually won an NBA championship with the Lakers in 2001. After retiring from the league in 2003, Foster came back to the NBA 10 years later. He became a longtime assistant coach for nearly a decade.

Foster joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2013-14 season. He then joined the Milwaukee Bucks and stayed with the team from 2014 to 2018. He was with the Hawks as an assistant between 2018 to 2020. He last coached with the Pacers during the 2020-21 season. Foster was suspended for one game with the Pacers after an on-court verbal altercation with Goga Bitadze.


Howard Eisley (NBA/College Basketball Coach)

Howard Eisley (NBA/College Basketball Coach)

Eisley is likely best known for his role in leading the Boston College Eagles to the Elite 8 in 1994. He then enjoyed a long successful NBA career that spanned from 1994 to 2006. His tenure with the Jazz came between 1995 to 2000. After leaving the league in 2006, he came back as a coach.

Eisley started his career with the Los Angeles Clippers as a player development assistant. He stayed with the team until 2014. He then joined the Washington Wizards as an assistant coach. He followed that with a three-year stint with the New York Knicks. For the last three years, he has been an assistant coach for Juwan Howard at the University of Michigan.


Shandon Anderson (Chef)

Shandon Anderson (Chef)

Anderson was drafted by the Jazz with the No. 54 pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. His best season came during the 1999-00 season, but he remained a solid contributor for the Jazz during his days. His final season came in 2006 when he won an NBA championship as a member of the Miami Heat. That led to ultimately retiring.

After retiring from the league, he pursued a career in the food business. He entered the culinary school and stayed with it from 2010 to 2013. He eventually opened an Atlanta-based vegan restaurant called Drink Art. The restaurant opened in 2014 but closed in 2015.


Bryon Russell (Family Man)

Bryon Russell (Family Man)

The Jazz selected Russell with the No. 45 overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. Russell played for the Jazz between 1993 to 2002. He then played for the Wizards, Lakers, and Nuggets before leaving the NBA in 2006. He eventually won an International Basketball League championship in 2009.

Many remember Russell as the man that guarded Michael Jordan in the Finals, but he has seemed to move on with his life. Russell was last heard to be living on the outskirts of Los Angeles in Woodland Hills. His son played high school basketball and he runs his own business. Russell returned to Utah for Junior Jazz basketball camps and remained good friends with Karl Malone and John Stockton.


Jeff Hornacek (NBA Coach)

Jeff Hornacek (NBA Coach)

Hornacek was a two-time Three-Point Contest Champion with the Jazz. Before that, he was an NBA All-Star. Hornacek played with the Jazz between 1994 to 2000. His No. 14 was eventually retired by the Jazz. After leaving the league in 2000, he returned to the league seven years later.

He was first hired during the 2007-08 season as a special assistant to the Jazz to help develop Andrei Kirilenko and others. He stayed away from coaching for three years so he could be with his kids more. He became a full-time assistant coach in 2011 with the Jazz. He grew into a top assistant and eventually became the head coach of the Suns in 2013. Despite winning 48 games in his first season, the Suns missed the playoffs. He was fired in 2016 and then was hired by the Knicks but left after two seasons. He now serves as an assistant coach for the Rockets, a position he has held since 2020.


John Stockton (Coach/Family Man)

John Stockton (Coach/Family Man)

From what it looks like, he keeps a low profile, watches basketball, and spends time with his family. Stockton earned the relaxation time. He played his entire career with the Jazz between 1984 to 2003. He was a 10-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA selection, and remains the all-time career leader in assists. Following his retirement, Stockton moved back to his hometown of Spokane. He started coaching youth teams and then helping out with the Utah Jazz to train both Deron Williams and Trey Burke. Stockton released an autobiography in 2013 called Assisted, which featured his longtime teammate Karl Malone.

On October 27, 2015, Stockton joined the Montana State University women’s basketball team as an assistant coach. Stockton is an avid Gonzaga men’s basketball fan, but his season tickets were suspended in 2022. Stockton refused to comply with the university’s mask mandate during the pandemic. He also made false claims about athletes dying of the COVID vaccine. For now, he will have to wait to return to watch a home game.


Karl Malone (Businessman)

Karl Malone (Businessman)

Malone finished his career as the second-leading scorer in the NBA. Malone now ranks third since LeBron James has passed his total. With that said, he remains the greatest Jazz player of all time. From 1985 to 2003, Malone won two MVP Awards, 14 All-Star nods, and 11 All-NBA First Team selections. After one season with the Lakers, he retired from the NBA in 2004.

Malone briefly spent some time coaching basketball. In 2007, he was named the director of basketball promotion and assistant strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech University. He worked with the Utah Jazz as a big-man coach in 2013. After coaching, he ventured off into the business world. Malone spent time owning three restaurants in Ruston, Louisiana. He also owns two car dealerships, one in Utah with the other in Louisiana. He previously owned a dealership in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but sold his share in 2010. Malone also owns three Jiffy Lube franchises in Utah, as well as being a part-owner of Burger King franchises in Utah and Idaho. When he is not managing his business, you will find him on a boat fishing. 

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