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News » Not-so-memorable moments, 1991-1996

Not-so-memorable moments, 1991-1996

Not-so-memorable moments, 1991-1996
Jan. 26, 1994 ? Luther Wright, who averaged 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds in his only season with the Jazz, is placed on the injured list with attention deficit disorder after police discover him at a highway rest stop banging garbage cans and punching in a car window with a stick. The Jazz convert Wright's $5 million contract into an annuity that pays him $158,000 a year over the next 25 years, but much of that money is used to pay child support and by his mother, according to a 2007 report in Newark, N.J.'s The Star-Ledger , leaving Wright with virtually nothing.

April 30, 1992 ? Utah's playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers is postponed because of violence that swept through Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict. Jazz players hear sirens and smell the smoke of fires set by arsonists near the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, where the game was to have been played. The game is played two days later at the Anaheim Convention Center, which seated only 7,400 fans, with the Clippers winning 115-107.

Jan. 13, 1995 ? Just when he was playing some of his best Basketball of the season, Felton Spencer ruptures his Achilles' tendon and is out for the remainder of the season. He was averaging 9.3 points and 7.6 rebounds when his season ended. "Losing Felton is like losing Stockton or losing Hornacek," Karl Malone said at the time. Antoine Carr moves into the starting lineup in Spencer's absence and the Jazz sign backup James Donaldson to help with the depth. Felton returns the following season, but averages just 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds.

June 1995 ? NBA owners and the players' union reach an agreement on a six-year deal that includes a luxury tax of up to 100 percent on certain large contracts if the percentage of Basketball-related income devoted to player salaries exceeded 63 percent. The owners impose a lockout after players refuse to vote on ratification of the new deal. The lockout continues until Sept. 12, 1995, when the players vote 226-134 to accept a new deal that didn't have the luxury tax agreement. No games are lost because of the lockout, but the 1995 Rocky Mountain Revue is suspended.

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