Utah Jazz Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Jazz open up the season at home this year, against the Houston Rockets on October 29. They visit Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 5. They then go on a five game east coast road trip in mid-November, including games on back-to-back nights in Detroit and Indiana. They host the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs on December 9. Three days later, their next home game is against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat. They then head out on a six-game road trip including stops in Washington, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, and Memphis. Their longest home stand does not come until March 10, when they will play 5 games in nine days. They will play a home-and-home two-game series with the Sacramento Kings in April, playing at Sacramento on the fifth, and then returning home to play the Kings on the eighth. They finish the season against the same team they started with, the Houston Rockets, on April 15.
Utah Jazz Roster
The Jazz roster is headlined by starting point guard and University of Michigan alumnus Trey Burke, entering his second season in the NBA. Burke's back-up will be rookie point guard Dante Exum, a 19 year-old Australian phenom who has impressed may people in the NBA's summer league this year. Some feel that Exum could even pose a threat to Burke's role as a starter, and force Burke, who finished third in last year's Rookie of the Year voting, to start the season on the bench. Burke will be joined in the back court by starting guard Alec Burks, entering his fourth year on the Utah roster. The Jazz also feature a deep and experienced front court, led by Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, and Gordon Hayward, all of whom are returning from last year's roster. Steve Novak also joins the team via trade from the Toronto Raptors. The eight-year NBA veteran will provide some much needed experience off of the bench for the younger players in front of him.
Utah Jazz Fan Experience
The Utah Jazz play in EnergySolutions Arena, located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The Arean was opened in 1991 as the Delta Center, and was renamed when EnergySolutions purchased the naming rights in 2006. EnergySolutions Arena boasts a seating capacity of 19,911 fans, including 56 luxury boxes and 668 club seats. In addition to serving as the home of the Utah Jazz, the arena also hosted the figure skating and short track speed skating events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, hosted by Salt Lake City. EnergySolutions Arena is owned and operated by Larry Miller Sports and Entertainment.
Utah Jazz Trivia
The Utah Jazz are one of the few NBA teams without a natural or fierce rivalry with another NBA team. Their closest rival is the Denver Nuggets, with whom they've played in the same division since 1979. The team put 3 players on the 2008 USA Olympic team, but none in 2012.
Utah Jazz History
The Jazz franchise began play in 1974 in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the New Orleans Jazz. In 1979, the team moved to their current home in Salt Lake City, Utah. After being one of the least successful teams in the league in the early part of their history, the Jazz entered a golden-age in 1984, when they would start a streak of making the playoffs twenty years in-a-row. Led by Head Coach Jerry Sloan, and Hall of Fame players John Stockton and Karl Malone, the Jazz became a powerhouse in the 1990s. Unfortunatley, there was an even bigger powerhouse playing in Chicago, and Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls prevented the Jazz from winning an NBA championship on two separate occasions, in 1997 and 1998. Stockton and Malone both left the team in 2003. Jerry Sloan would then retire after the 2011 NBA season, and the Jazz began a rebuilding period.
Utah Jazz Fan Info
The Utah Jazz have a passionate fan base, and are helped by the fact that they are one of only two major professional sports teams located in the state of Utah (the other being Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer). One of the most infamous moments in Jazz fans' history occurred during the 1984 NBA Draft, when the team took a chance on an unknown point guard names John Stockton. Fans on hand at the official draft party booed the selection; Stockton would go on to become a Jazz legend, and one of the best point guards in the history of the NBA.
Utah Jazz Rumors
There are not very many rumors currently going around about the Utah Jazz. It appears that the fan base is content with the current roster of coaches and players, and likes the overall direction that the team is headed. Perhaps the biggest controversy among the fan base right now regards who should be the team's starting point guard. Some favor second-year players Trey Burke, who made a big splash his rookie year and finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting. Others think that newcomer Dante Exum, a 19-year old rookie from Australia, should get the starting nod.