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To commemorate the Utah Jazz's return to the NBA playoffs after a five-year absence, The Salt Lake Tribune hosted a celebration with Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey and team President Steve Starks.

Tribune columnist Gordon Monson hosted the "Back to the Playoffs" discussion with Lindsey and Starks at the Gateway Megaplex Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City.

Lindsey is one of the principal architects in the Jazz's return to the postseason. The former San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager was hired by the Jazz in 2012 to succeed longtime Utah GM Kevin O'Connor. Lindsey and his staff stripped the Jazz down to the chassis, parting ways with proven veterans such as Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson for salary cap flexibility. He hired Quin Snyder in 2015 to coach what in short order would become the youngest team in the NBA — but one with a roster of budding stars in Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood.

On the floor, the Jazz finished 43-39 in Lindsey's first season, then dipped to 25-57 the following year as the rebuild took full effect. Since then the team has gone 38-44, 40-42 and its current 48-30, clinching a postseason berth on March 26. Hayward has become an NBA All-Star and Gobert is a top contender for the league's defensive player of the year.

Starks, hired by the Jazz in 2015, has played a similar role on the business side of the Jazz's operation.

Officially the president of Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment, Starks is spearheading the $125 million renovation of Vivint Smart Home Arena, a project that has already produced the new, high-definition video board and will soon include, new, plush seating throughout the arena, a brand new entry way on the northeast plaza, improved wireless connections throughout the building, new premium seating and an extensive expansion of the arena's dining, drinking and merchandising operations.