Utah Jazz Tickets
The Utah Jazz are a professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is members of the NBA’s Western Conference Northwest Division. For all of their home games, the Jazz play at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. As of 2015, the Utah Jazz were valued at $850 million by Forbes, making them the 20th most valuable franchise in the NBA. If you are a fan of the Utah Jazz and want to know more about the team, their history, and how to get the best Utah Jazz tickets, click here.
A History o?f the Utah Jazz
The franchise officially came into being in 1974 when the New Orleans Jazz was created and admitted into the NBA as an expansion team. Playing in New Orleans was a problem for the team from the start for a number of reasons. Firstly, they were constantly having issues in terms of finding a place to play. During their time there, they played at the Municipal Auditorium and Loyola Field House. The latter was a court which was elevated and therefore the NBA Players Association was forced to put netting around the entirety of the court to prevent injuries. They would then have to switch to playing at the Louisiana Superdome.
The New Orleans Jazz was struggling in many ways. Not only were they not playing well, they were financially strapped as well. In New Orleans, the franchise struggled to find local corporate support and local investors. This was very important in the early days of the league. There was also an 11 percent amusement tax that the team was forced to pay which was the highest in the country at the time.
In addition, their star player at the time, Pete Maravich, had constant knee problems which prevented him from playing. They also had to spend an entire month every season on the road due to the Mardi Gras festivities that New Orleans hosted. All of this, coupled with the fact that the team was failing to make the playoffs every year led to the team deciding to relocate to Utah.
Relocatio?n to Utah
It became clear that the team would not survive in New Orleans. The decision was then made to move to Salt Lake City, Utah. The city was small and had previously been home to a very popular American Basketball Association team, the Utah Stars.
When they moved, the team decided to keep the name Jazz as well as the official Mardi Gras colors of the team, purple, green, and gold.
About the Utah Jazz
In their early years, the Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the NBA. They struggled while they were in New Orleans and it took them a few years after moving to Salt Lake City to start playing well.
It took the Jazz a full decade to qualify for the playoffs and they made their first appearance in 1984. After that, they qualified for the playoffs every year until 2004.
In their history, the Jazz have had some shining moments as well as certain very strong players. In the late 1980’s, the team had one of the most famous and talented point guard-power forward duo in the history of the NBA. The duo comprised Karl Malone and John Stockton. In addition, the team was coached by Jerry Sloan.
The Jerry? Sloan Years
For a number of years, the Utah Jazz struggled both on and off the court. Not only were they perpetually having financial troubles, they also couldn’t seem to put together a strong team. Attendance was very low at many of their games and they failed to make any sort of impact.
Things would turn around with the arrival of Coach Jerry Sloan in the 1988-89 season. That season the Jazz improved markedly; they won 51 games and also won the Midwest Division championship.
Under his leadership, the Utah Jazz became one of the strongest dynamic teams in the NBA in the 1990’s. The Jazz managed to make it to the NBA finals twice in that decade, in 1997 and 1998. However, they would end up losing both times to the dominant Chicago Bulls which were led by the famed Michael Jordan.
The End of an Era
The Malone and Stockton era would come to a close in 2003 when both players left the team. The Jazz went through a bit of a slump for a few years afterwards. They would regain their form with the addition of point guard Deron Williams.
That period was turned out to be short-lived. By the end of the 2010-11 season, head coach Sloan would retire and Williams would move to the New Jersey Nets. Sloan was replaced by Tyrone Corbin. The Jazz made their last playoff appearance in 2012 and then in 2014, Quin Snyder was appointed head coach.
The Jazz To?day
The Utah Jazz have been through several periods of ups and downs throughout their history. Every period of promising play is followed by a slump and rebuilding era.
In 2014, they brought in a new head coach, Quin Snyder. With this change in leadership, the Jazz are hoping to have a stronger team which can contend for the NBA title.