Before the Jazz moved from New Orleans
to Utah, as Salt Lake City had previously been home to the Utah Stars
of the ABA from 1971 to 1976.
As for the Jazz, their history goes
back to 1974, when they started play in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite
having high scorers such as Pete Maravich and Adrian Dantley in the
lineup between 1975 and 1983, the Jazz wouldn't make the playoffs until
1984, long after Pistol Pete had departed.
In the franchise's first ever playoff
appearance in 1984, they defeated the Denver Nuggets of Kiki
Vandeweghe, Alex English and Dan Issel in the first round, but lost to
the Phoenix Suns of Walter Davis and Larry Nance in the second round.
This postseason appearance would be the first of 20 straight.
In 1992, the Utah Jazz made the
franchise's first trip to the Western Conference Finals, where they
faced Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trailblazers. Although the Jazz
were led by Karl Malone and John Stockton they succumbed in 6 games to
In 1996 the Jazz once again advanced to
the Western Conference Finals only to lose in 7 games to the Seattle
Supersonics of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp.
The following two seasons would see the
Jazz reach greater heights. First, in 1997 the Jazz defeated the
Clippers, Lakers and Houston Rockets to make it all the way to the NBA
Finals. In the match up against the Bulls, the Jazz showed their mettle
by taking two games against a Chicago team that had won 69 games during
the regular season. Nevertheless, the Jazz couldn't pull off the upset
and fell to the Bulls in 6 games.
1998 saw the Jazz make it to the NBA
Finals for the second consecutive season. To get back to the Finals
they weaved their way through the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs
and Los Angeles Lakers. In the Finals, the Jazz shocked the Bulls by
winning the first game. The Bulls came back to win games 2, 3 and 4,
while the Jazz took game 5. In game 6 Michael Jordan hit the game
winning in the final seconds as the Bulls won their sixth NBA
The Utah Jazz returned to the Western
Conference Finals with a team centered around Mehmet Okur, Carlos
Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams. Despite the stellar play
of Boozer and Williams, the Jazz were derailed by the San
Antonio Spurs of Tim Duncan in 5 games.
The following is a list of some of the
Jazz's most memorable players:
Thurl Bailey (1984-1991)
Walt Bellamy (1975) Hall
Carlos Boozer (2005-)
Adrian Dantley (1980-86)
Mark Eaton (1983-1993)
Gail Goodrich (1977-79) Hall
Rickey Green (1981-88)
Darrell "Dr. Dunkenstein" Griffith
Matt Harpring (2003-)
Spencer Haywood (1979)
Jeff Hornacek (1994-2000)
Bernard King (1980)
Andrei Kirilenko (2002-)
Jeff Malone (1992-93)
Karl Malone (1986-2003)
Pete "Pistol Pete" Maravich
(1975-79) Hall of Famer
Mehmet Okur (2005-)
Truck Robinson (1978)
John Stockton (1985-2003)
Deron Williams (2006-)
The pattern of the Utah Jazz Flannel:
Allover fabric consists of #46 jerseys, basketballs, basketballs
swishing through nets, the Jazz's logo and the team Bear mascot over a
navy background. The print also includes the NBA's logo.
This Utah Jazz Flannel: Allover fabric
is licensed by the NBA and is for individual consumption. Any other use
of this NBA cotton flannel fabric is prohibited and illegal. The Utah
Jazz Flannel: Allover fabric is not suitable for children's sleepwear.