The Utah Jazz spent 23 years under the direction and leadership of Jerry Sloan. His unexpected retirement and the trade of All-Star point guard Deron Williams registered a 9.0 on the Richter Scale along the Wasatch Front.
Long-time assistant Ty Corbin was handed the baton and maestroed the team to the tune of 8-21 as the Jazz failed to orchestrate a playoff appearance for only the fourth time since 1983 and only the second losing season in that span.
These fans are used to Beethoven and Bach, not Mr. Jones' seventh-grade ensemble. Hopes and expectations are high in Jazz Nation.
This team is so young that when fans show up at Energy Solutions Arena, they might momentarily wonder if their team opened up a daycare this season, with some players barely old enough to grow facial hair.
Still, there is a lot of excitement about this young group in Salt Lake City this season, and odds are, they will pack a true NBA season's worth of energy and excitement into this abbreviated version.