Utah Jazz

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Utah Jazz
2018–19 Utah Jazz season
ConferenceWestern
DivisionNorthwest
Founded1974
HistoryNew Orleans Jazz
1974–1979
Utah Jazz
1979–present[1][2][3]
ArenaVivint Smart Home Arena
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
Team colorsNavy, gold, green[4][5][6]
              
Main sponsorQualtrics[7]
PresidentSteve Starks[8][9]
General managerDennis Lindsey
Head coachQuin Snyder
OwnershipJazz Basketball Investors, Inc. (represented by Gail Miller, widow of Larry H. Miller)
Affiliation(s)Salt Lake City Stars
Championships0
Conference titles2 (1997, 1998)
Division titles9 (1984, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2017)
Retired numbers10 (1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 32, 35, 53, 1223)
Websitewww.nba.com/jazz

The Utah Jazz are a team in the National Basketball Association 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.

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". National Basketball Association. October 17, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  3. "History: Team by Team" (PDF). Official National Basketball Association Guide 2017–18. National Basketball Association. October 30, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  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. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  6. "Utah Jazz Reproduction and Usage Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  7. NBA Media Ventures, LLC (February 13, 2017). "Utah Jazz and Qualtrics Partner To Revolutionize Fan Experience and Analytics and Accelerate Efforts to Eradicate Cancer". Press release. http://www.nba.com/jazz/news/utah-jazz-and-qualtrics-partner-revolutionize-fan-experience-and-analytics-and-accelerate. 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. Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment (March 18, 2015). "Steve Starks Named President of Miller Sports Properties". Press release. http://www.lhm.com/press-room/news-media/press-releases/larry-h-miller-sports-entertainment/steve-starks-named-president-of-miller-sports-properties. Retrieved July 8, 2016. 

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