Jacque Vaughn credited Jerry Sloan, spoke of the value of John Stockton and was reverent about Karl Malone in his first return to Utah as an NBA coach.
Vaughn, whose Orlando Magic play the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena at 7 p.m. Wednesday, spoke flowingly following his team's shoot around about four seasons spent with the Jazz after being drafted in 1997.
"Some great friends along the way," said Vaughn, who at 37 is the NBA's youngest current coach. "I had great veteran guys who I was able to sit next to and see their focus and approach to each game and approach to practice and what it took to survive in this league. I've always said I'm proud of that, and I owe those guys."