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The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Jazz compete in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the NBA. Founded in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz, the team moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1979. It took the Jazz 10 NBA seasons before they made their first playoff appearance. However, they did not miss the playoffs between 1984 and 2004. The Jazz have won nine division titles and two conference championships. Despite making the NBA Finals in both 1997 and 1998, the Jazz have not won an NBA championship because they were defeated by the Chicago Bulls in each of those seasons.
The Jazz play their home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. While the Jazz were a perennial fixture in the playoffs between 1984 and 2004, it was thanks in large part to their NBA Hall of Fame coach and players. Coach Jerry Sloan is considered to be one of the greatest of all time and was with the Jazz from 1985 to 2011. NBA Hall of Fame guard John Stockton and forward Karl Malone became a dynamic duo for the Jazz during the late 1980s and 1990s and helped lead the team to a lot of success. In recent years, the team has been very talented but has yet to crack through in the playoffs and make an NBA Finals appearance.