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Utah Jazz
2022–23 Utah Jazz season
Utah Jazz logo
HistoryNew Orleans Jazz
Utah Jazz
ArenaVivint Smart Home Arena
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
Team colorsNavy, gold, green[4][5][6]
Main sponsorQualtrics[7]
PresidentSteve Starks[8][9]
General managerJustin Zanik
Head coachWill Hardy
OwnershipJazz Basketball Investors, Inc. (represented by Gail Miller, widow of Larry H. Miller)
Affiliation(s)Salt Lake City Stars
Conference titles2 (1997, 1998)
Division titles10 (1984, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2017, 2021)
Retired numbers11 (1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 32, 35, 53, 1223)
Association jersey
Team colours
Icon jersey
Team colours
Statement jersey
Team colours
City jersey
Team colours

The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in Utah. They were originally from New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 1970s. Jazz music is popular in New Orleans, and the team was named the Jazz when it was in New Orleans. The team kept the name when it moved to Utah.

The Jazz are in Salt Lake City, Utah's capital, and they made it to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. John Stockton and Karl Malone were players that led them to these championship games. They played the Chicago Bulls both times, and Michael Jordan helped the Bulls win against the Jazz both times in six games.

Jerry Sloan has coached the Jazz for over 20 years. He started coaching after Frank Layden stopped coaching the Jazz. Sloan felt a big load on his shoulders with his role as coach, and that became clear when he announced in 2011 that he decided to step down. His main assistant, Phil Johnson, also stepped down. This came as a big surprise to many sports fans. The Utah Jazz hired Tyrone Corbin as the head coach in time for their next game of the 2010-2011 season. Corbin had played for the Jazz, and had been an assistant coach under Sloan for the team as well. Jeff Hornacek, a former Jazz player, also helped the Jazz by deciding to join the organization again as an assistant to Coach Corbin.

The Jazz had another big change in 2011. They traded Deron Williams, a veteran NBA player, to the New Jersey Nets. These big changes in the Jazz' profile in little over a month were preceded by a big change in 2009, when the owner and founder of the Jazz, Larry H. Miller, died. His son, Greg Miller, is now in charge, and Larry's wife Gail Miller still helps with decisions and feedback for the team.

References[change | change source]

  1. "All Time History". UtahJazz.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  2. "NBA.com/Stats–Utah Jazz seasons". Stats.NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. October 17, 2015. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  3. "History: Team by Team" (PDF). 2018-19 Official NBA Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. October 8, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 11, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  4. "Utah Jazz Modify Look of Uniforms, Court, Logo". UtahJazz.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. May 12, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
  5. "History of the Jazz Name and Logo" (PDF). Utah Jazz 2017-18 Media Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. October 14, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 23, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  6. "Utah Jazz Reproduction and Usage Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  7. "Utah Jazz and Qualtrics Partner To Revolutionize Fan Experience and Analytics and Accelerate Efforts to Eradicate Cancer". UtahJazz.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. February 13, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  8. Sanchez, Matt (February 17, 2016). "Jazz President Rigby Announces Decision to Retire". UtahJazz.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  9. "Steve Starks Named President of Miller Sports Properties" (Press release). Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. March 18, 2015. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.

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