The Utah Jazz was founded in 1974 as New Orleans Jazz and moved to Utah in 1979. Is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. They play in the Northwest division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA) at the EnergySolutions Arena.
This team were one of the most successful teams in the league in their early years. Although they took 10 years before they made a playoff appearance (1984), they would not miss the playoffs again until 2004.
During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard – power forward duos in NBA history. Led by coach Jerry Sloan, who took over for Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan.