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'Legacy assured': Jazz icon Frank Layden came to Utah a coach but became much more

Former Jazz coach Frank Layden sits down to talk about his upbringing and what brought him to Salt Lake City. (Kathy Aiken,

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SALT LAKE CITY β€” Frank Layden was known as a funny man when coaching the Utah Jazz, but moving the franchise to Utah in 1979 was no laughing matter.

Layden questioned the decision at the time, saying "there's nobody here." But he helped bring the team to Utah and made sure the team stayed in Salt Lake City. The former president and coach of the Jazz still lives in Utah and recently celebrated his 90th birthday.

The Brooklyn native sat down to talk about his life in basketball, as well as moments from his upbringing that made him the person he is today. View the video above to hear his story and to see what he's up to today.

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