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The Jazz lost the 2008-2009 NBA Playoffs semifinals against the LA Lakers 4-2. The Jazz managed to put away the Rockets 4-2.
The Jazz made it to the Conference finals of the 2007 NBA Playoffs. They lost to the San Antonio Spurs .
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Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Jazz started out as the New Orleans Jazz. Their records in the 1980's and 1990's put them at the head of the class. They made it to NBA finals with coach Jerry Sloan, John Stockton and Karl Malone.
Early Franchise History
Utah kept their nickname in 1979 despite the lack of a jazz culture in Salt Lake City. Some people quipped that New Orleans had the Saints and Utah had the Jazz. Coach Frank Layden remarked that nobody thought Utah would be around long enough to bother with a name change. They acquired Adrian Dantley before the 1979-1980 season and he would become the NBA scoring champions in the 1980-1981 and 1983-1984 seasons. The Jazz drafted Darrell Griffith with the #2 pick.
Frank Layden took the reigns as coach during the 1980-1981 season and picked up Mark Eaton in the 1982 draft. Dantley, Griffith, and Eaton would form the core Frank Layden's team but they missed the 1982-1983 playoffs. The Jazz drafted Thurl Bailey in the 1st round of the 1983 draft.
The Jazz had their 1st winning season in 1983-1984 and won the Midwest division. This would be their 1st of 20 appearances in the NBA Playoffs. They lost to the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round. Layden won NBA Coach of the Year and Dantley got NBA Comeback Player of the Year.
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The Jazz drafted John Stockton in 1984 and Karl Malone in 1985. Both would go on to become superstars and were almost unstoppable on their pick-and-roll. Stockton could almost always get the ball to Malone in a favorable position. Unfortunately the Jazz were unable to get past the 2nd round in the NBA Playoffs. Layden went from coach to president of the Jazz. Jerry Sloan moved up from assistant coach to take over coaching duties. He coached the Jazz to their 1st 50 win season but was unable to get them past the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round.
The early 90s saw the team lose in the playoffs. In 1990 it was the Phoenix Suns that stopped them in the 1st round. The Portland Trail Blazers stopped them in round 2 of the 1991 playoffs. 1990-1991 saw the acquisition of Jeff Maloane and the waiving of Darrell Griffith. In 1992 the Jazz made it to the Conference finals but lost in 6 games to the Portland Trail Blazers. 1993 saw Utah lose in the 1st round to Seattle SuperSonics. Jeff Malone was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jeff Hornacek during the 1993-1994 season. Utah made it to the Conference Finals but lost to the Houston Rockets.
- 53 Mark Eaton, C, 1982–1993
- 35 Darrell Griffith, G, 1980–1991
- 32 Karl Malone, F, 1985–2003
- 14 Jeff Hornacek, G, 1994–2000
- 12 John Stockton, G, 1984–2003
- 7 Pete Maravich, G, 1974–1979
- 4 Adrian Dantley, F, 1979–1986
- 1 Frank Layden Head Coach, 1981–1988
microphone' "Hot" Rod Hundley, broadcaster 1974-2009
Basketball Hall Of Famers
- "Pistol" Pete Maravich, G, 1974–1979, Inducted 1987.
- Adrian Dantley, F/G, 1979–1986, Inducted 2008.
- John Stockton, PG, 1984–2003, Inducted 2009
- Karl Malone, PF, 1985-2003, Inducted 2010
- Coach - Jerry Sloan, 1988–present, Inducted 2009
- Broadcaster - "Hot" Rod Hundley, 1974–2009, Inducted 2003