On June 14, 1998, the Utah Jazz met the Chicago Bulls in game six of the NBA finals. The arena was packed with 20,000 fans. Some of the greatest players in NBA history were on the floor: Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen. Two legendary couches, Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan, paced the sidelines. Celebrities dotted the court side seats. A championship was on the line.
But Larry Miller wasn’t there. The man who had made all of it possible, purchasing the team and building the arena and infusing the Jazz into the fabric of the community, was out for a drive. The game fell on a Sunday, and Larry chose, out of religious conviction, not to attend games on Sunday.
The Bulls won 87-86, capturing Michael Jordan’s sixth championship. Larry missed it, and didn’t regret it. He said that choosing not to attend games on Sunday “just feels like the right thing to do.”
That’s what a conviction is: doing what you feel is right, regardless of the circumstances.