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New Orleans Jazz Memories and Memorabilia

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Memories and Memorabilia
If you have any memories you'd like to share, e-mail them to b-rich@cox.net or saywhat@hornetsreport.com and they'll be included below.

Memories of Bruce Richards, New Orleans, LA:

I remember the New Orleans Jazz pretty well. I didn’t go see any of the first-year games, but saw quite a few games in the following four years, which coincided with my time in junior high. The first game I went to was one against the Bullets in the 1975/76 season—I had won free tickets to that one (they were cheap seats in the Terrace). After that season, my stepfather moved into a new job position that entailed him getting free tickets from salesmen (usually good seats near the court), so I went more often. I saw the Jazz play the Celtics on election night in 1976—they posted election returns on the projection TV screens. Other teams I can remember them playing were the Seattle Supersonics (with Slick Watts), the Nuggets (with Dan Issel and David Thompson) and Golden State; I made a banner for that one that said “Liquidate Golden State”. But there were several games that really stand out in my memory. One was the first home game after Van Breda Kolff was fired, where a fan was passing out these handkerchiefs that had “Butch” embroidered on them. Another was the first time the Jazz played the San Diego Clippers in 1978—we had floor seats behind the basket. My stepdad was heckling Lloyd Free all night. At one point Free made a basket (on our end of the court) and looked straight at my stepdad, then turning down court “shot him the bird” behind his back while he hustled back on defense. And one of the last games I remember was against the Pacers in the last season. The Jazz played pretty lousy, and at one point I remember a fan getting up from his seat and yelling, “Come on, Jazz, this is pathetic! You mean I missed “Soap” for this?!” What a late seventies scene!



The author w/ Paul Griffin on Photo Night, March 16, 1978


Ceramic Stein


Autographed Photo from Pistol Pete Maravich


Remember - Free fries! Free fries!


The ultimate in Jazz Fan Apparel


Gym bag from Shoe Town promotional night


Full sized promotional baseball bat, an odd giveaway for a basketball team




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