Jazz at 35: A first-era timeline

Published October 19, 2008 3:10 am
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MARCH 7, 1974

A nine-member group headed by Fred Rosenfeld of Beverly Hills, Calif., and including Sam Battistone pay a then-record $6.15 million for the the NBA's 18th franchise - the New Orleans Jazz.

MAY 20, 1974

The Jazz select 17 players in the expansion draft, including Dennis Awtry, Jim Barnett, Walt Bellamy, John Block, Barry Clemens, E.C. Coleman, Lamar Green, Nate Hawthorne, Ollie Johnson, Bob Kaufman, Toby Kimball, Steve Kuberski, Stu Lantz, Dean Meminger, Louis Nelson, Curtis Perry and Bud Stallworth.

OCT. 17. 1974

In the Jazz's first regular season game, Earl Monroe scores 20 points to lead the New York Knicks to an 89-74 victory over New Orleans at Madison Square Garden. The starting lineup: E.C. Coleman, Bud Stallworth, Walt Bellamy, Stu Lantz, Pete Maravich.

NOV. 10, 1974

After 11 straight losses, the Jazz get their first win. Pete Maravich scores 30 points in a 102-101 victory over Portland in front of 5,422 fans in New Orleans.

NOV. 17, 1974

After a 1-14 start, Scotty Robertson is fired as the Jazz's head coach. Elgin Baylor takes over as interim coach for one game - a 99-85 loss to Detroit. He is replaced by Bill Van Breda Kolff, who guides the team to a 22-44 record over the final 66 games of the season.

FEB. 8, 1975

Pete Maravich scores 47 points and, 31/2 months into the season, the Jazz get their first road win with a 106-102 victory at Atlanta. New Orleans finishes with a 3-38 road record in its first season.

MAY 29, 1975

With the seventh pick in the draft, the Jazz use the first-ever first-round pick on Rich Kelley, a seven-foot center from Stanford who ends playing seven seasons in New Orleans and Utah.

FEB. 6, 1976

Pete Maravich scored 31 points and the Jazz surpass the win-total from their inaugural season with a 108-101 victory over Kansas City. The win improves their record to 24-24 and they finish 38-44 - a 15-game improvement.

DEC. 14, 1976

After a 14-12 start in their third season, Bill Van Breda Kolff is fired as coach and replaced by Elgin Baylor. In Baylor's first game, Pete Maravich scores 51 points and the Jazz defeat Kansas City, 120-117.

JUNE 28, 1977

The Jazz sign free agent Len "Truck" Robinson, Atlanta later received forward Ron Behagen and $175,000 as compensation for Robinson, who ends up becoming the first Jazz player besides Pete Maravich to play in an All-Star Game (1978).

APRIL 9, 1978

In the final game of their fourth season, Aaron James scores 30 points in a 153-132 win over San Antonio. George Gervin scores 63 points for the Spurs, which clinched the season scoring title and still stands as a record for an opposing player. But the Jazz finish with a franchise-best record of 39-43.

JUNE 9, 1978

In their final draft in New Orleans, the Jazz use the 11th pick in the first round to take San Francisco forward James Hardy, who averages 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 249 games over the next four seasons.

JAN. 12, 1979

The Jazz break up the All-Star tandem of Pete Maravich and Truck Robinson. They trade Robinson, who is averaging 24 points and 13 rebounds, to Phoenix for Ron Lee, Marty Byrnes, two future No. 1 draft picks and $500,000.

APRIL 10, 1979

Four days after their end of their fifth season in New Orleans, co-owners Sam Battistone and Larry Hatfield announce they will move the franchise to Utah for the 1979-80 season.



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