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Former Utah Stars great Zelmo Beaty passes away

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  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Sept. 9, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    Wow. Zelmo and Willie were so great in their day and it was such a blast watching the Stars - red-white-blue basketballs, 3-point shooting and wide open offensive play. I remember seeing Dr. J and his trademark leap from the free-throw line and stuffing it. Zelmo played like a smaller player in a big man's body. So quick and agile.

    Zelmo was a real gentleman in private. He shopped regularly at a store where I worked as a teenager and always was so gracious to all the employees and patrons, easy to talk to and full of great stories. Contrast that with many NBA players today (including Dennis Rodman in the news recently) who are so full of themselves and it really makes one miss these guys!!

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    That is said to hear.Zelmo was agreat player with alot of class. I enjoyed watching the Stars they had some great players. I know that Merv Jackson and Red Robbins have also passed away they were also starters on the 1971 Championship team. I enjoyed watching the ABA it was a much more fast pace and exiting game than the NBA.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    When I was in my teens (70's) I ran into Zelmo and Cincy Powell fishing at Flaming Gorge. Both were approachable and gracious. I think Zelmo set the tone for the rest of the Stars. It was a fun team to follow, and the players were a great part of the community.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 1:35 p.m.

    My brother and I were at the second to last win. Great memories. RIP big fella..

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    Sept. 9, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    That championship Utah Stars team I believe could have been competitive with any of the NBA teams of that day. Big Z was unstoppable and surrounded by players like Wise, Coombs, the Booner of course, Jones and some other great players. I was a big fan then and still a big fan of the Jazz. Rest in peace Big Z!

  • Mountain Bird West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Don't know why he needed a nickname like "Big Z" when Zelmo was about the coolest name in the history of pro basketball. He was such a pleasure to watch, such class. He turned a mediocre team into a champion, filled the Salt Palace seats and paved the way for the Utah Jazz. There never would have been a Stockton-to-Malone if not for Zelmo Beaty. Thank you Big Z!!! We owe you a big one.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 22, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    So long, Zelmo! You were the unquestioned heart of a beautiful team. I truly miss the Utah Stars.