The team entered the NBA as a 1974 expansion team, the New Orleans Jazz, and moved to Utah in 1979 (still maintaining the team nickname, though it has no connection to the state).
The team made the NBA finals twice (1997 and 1998), losing to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls both times.
In addition to #6 (retired league-wide in honor of Bill Russell) the Jazz have retired the following numbers:
- #1 Francis Layden
- #4 Adrian Dantley
- #7 Pete Maravich
- #9 Larry H. Miller (the long-time owner, he wore the number while playing professional softball)
- #12 John Stockton
- #14 Jeff Hornacek
- #32 Karl Malone
- #35 Darrell Griffith
- #53 Mark Eaton
- #1223 Jerry Sloan (the number represents the total wins Sloan had as a coach, both regular season and playoffs)
The Jazz also honored "Hot Rod" Hundley, the team's long-time television broadcaster, with a microphone hung alongside the retired numbers.
- http://www.nba.com/jazz/ - Official site of the Utah Jazz