Utah Jazz: Time for a 15-year flashback on the Jazz's last trip to the NBA Finals

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  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    June 4, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    Seattle will never get another team. they let the Thunder go to OKC. they have been blacklisted by the NBA.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    June 4, 2013 3:18 p.m.

    Portland2Denver aka Portland Trailbalzer.

    No loyalty to the Trailblazers huh? What a fairweather sailor you are. You can't even support a team unconditionally and you have the nerve to make fun of Jazz fans.

    You have to cheer for denver because they made the playoffs and the blazers didn't. How typical.

  • Rockaria SANDY, UT
    June 3, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    Bottom line is Stern was never going to allow the Jazz to win that series. He had the storybook ending for Jordan written before the Finals even started. The Bulls should of been beaten by the Pacers in the Eastern Finals but of course Jordan got every call in a seven game series. In the Finals the big game that everybody forgets was game 2. The Jazz outplayed the Bulls on every level and should of taken a 2-0 lead. But the Bulls got all the calls. I still have the quote from Horney after the game. Jeff said the officials are allowing Pippen and Jordan to beat John and I up all the way down the court yet if we just touch them a foul is called. This coming from Horney. Not a guy to complain about much of anything. Stern is totally corrupt and always has been.

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 3, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    Why so bitter? You claim the Jazz only make it to the finals "because the league was down", or because of a "lucky shot". Is that really the best you can come up with? So what year did the league turn down? And while your thinking that over what year did the league get strong again?

    Professional leagues don't fluctuate like a high school or college program where the best players graduate and then leave the cupboards bear for a few years. Players are around for 10-15 years in the NBA and as they retire they are replaced by only the very best young players that can survive. So to say the Jazz snuck into the finals on a down year is ridiculous.

    Lucky shots? A team needs to put itself into a position to win a game, or a title with a bunch of effort. Every player gets some lucky bounces from time to time but they only make the difference between winning and losing after all the hard play that put them into a position to win on that shot. The Jazz deserved to contend for the title during those years.

  • Jazzsmack Holladay, UT
    June 2, 2013 6:31 p.m.

    The real truth of t is, the Jazz only made to the finals because the rest of league was really down.

    The next year they couldn't even make to finals in shortened season!

    and they only made it the previous year on a lucky last second shot.

    and they couldn't even make it before that when Jordon was out of the league for two years.

    They couldn't beat when he was out and couldn't beat when he was sick.

    They lived and died by a horribly regimented system of sloan's, which no other player in league wanted to come play in, even when the jazz were paying for the finals. (but why would a star 2 or 3 or even 5 want stand around being the last option while watching stockton and malone do nothing in fourth quarter after fourth quarter)

    That is the real tale.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 2, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Anybody else notice that the Jazz are turning into BYU football? Mediocre present, no hope for a better future, so they are increasingly appealing to the past in order to get that warm fuzzy feeling.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    June 2, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    I probably through the biggest tantrum when the Jazz lost that series. Mostly because I wanted the Jazz to get a ring and was frustrated with Jordan and the Bulls winning all there rings. Doesn't someone else have a turn?

  • TandJ LaVerkin, Utah
    June 2, 2013 10:57 a.m.

    From the article, "Everybody automatically assumes "The Shot" in Houston by Stockton in 1997 was the crowning achievement for a franchise that had a history of early exits in the postseason."

    It will take 15 or more years (if they remain in Utah that long) for them to get back to the experience of early exits in the postseason. They may not even see the postseason for a long time (again assuming they remain in Utah).

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    June 2, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    Hey Denver2portland
    I see your back with a new name. Your were pretty bold in your comments about the trailblazers 2 years ago and had your same song and dance about how bad the Jazz were and that they would soon take up residence in Kansas City or Seattle. I do like your new sign in name but unfortunately your comments are as stale and flawed as before. You disappeared quickly after the Trailblazers turned into a mess and the Jazz swept them during the regular season. But, good luck and maybe you'll decide to have the courage to stay around this time even after you're proved wrong once again.

  • jazz4ever San Mateo, CA
    June 2, 2013 9:43 a.m.

    You missed out one more blown call which might have swung the series in jazz's favor. This is the one that still stands out in my memory. The goal tending by Pippen on Shandon Andersons layup which would have given the lead to Jazz with less than 20s remaining in Game 6 and could very well have forced the bulls to play a Game 7. Oh well, good memories of hard fought games but still, oh so, tough to digest the result. :( They deserved to win the 2nd time around for sure.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    June 2, 2013 5:57 a.m.

    Time still has left a "sour taste" in regard to this game. The next game would have also been in Utah. There was no doubt that Chicago had injury problems, The key point in the game was not the "ignorant call" on Eisley's shot but the hard to believe no call on Shandon Anderson's breakaway layup just before Michael Jordan's winning shot. As Anderson laid the ball off the backboard, Scottie Pippin slapped the backboard causing the rim to vibrate like the Golden Gate in a hurricane. The ball snapped out. This was goaltending in anybody's book but the backbone for the referees just was not there. I have never seen such a blatant act of goaltending. It would appear that the "powers that be" wanted the Bulls to win. After Jordan was allowed to "shove" Russell out of the way for his winning shot, you had to know that the "roundball gods" were in control.

  • Denver2Portland Denver, CO
    June 2, 2013 1:50 a.m.

    Jazz fans live in the past, and hope for a future that doesn't exist.

    Actually it might exist in Kansas City or Seattle.

    Kansas City Jazz?
    re-birth of the Seattle Sonics?

    Fingers crossed!!