History of Logos


I am big sports fan. Its not like I remember every sports stat or remember every game, but I do like to watch sports on the TV and the NBA is one of my favourite league to watch. This section of the website contains the design and history of the NBA teams such as the Lakers, Spurs, Pistons and all the NBA teams. 

The fabled Jerry West, otherwise known as "Mr.Clutch," is the player in profile on the official NBA logo. As his biography on NBA.com points out, "West is widely regarded as one of the greatest guards in the history of the game. Not especially gifted by height or athleticism, he was a notoriously driven player who broke his nose nine times and often had to be carried off the court. "

I hope you find this section of the site entertaining.  If you have some information about NBA logos you would like to share, please send the information. Some of the information and logos were used from Chris Cramer's Sport Logo  page.




2010 NBA All-Star Game

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2010 NBA All-Star Game

The 2010 NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition basketball game between players selected from the league's Western Conference and the Eastern Conference that will be played on February 14, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be the 59th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and will be played during the 2009–10 NBA season.


The Logo for the event is shown above and the following are some of the key elements in the logo.

  1.  The key aspect of the logo is the is the star in light and dark blue, which are also the primary colors of the Mavericks logo. The Star is an important aspect of Texas (a.k.a Lone Star State).The Star also goes well with the "All Star" Game.
  2. The mix of blue lines in the logo also represent a spot light shining on the NBA Logo
  3. The All Star font is very similar to the font of the Dallas Mavericks, but thats just my opinion.
  4. The location - Dallas 2010 is also prominent. 
  5. The A and R are mirror images (sort of) and I am wondering if its supposed to resemble the Cowboys Stadium.
  6. I am not sure why the Ball is Green - wonder if they are doing something environmental.

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2012 NBA All-Star Game

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2012 NBA All-Star Game 

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition basketball game between players selected from the league's Western Conference and the Eastern Conference that will be played on February 26, 2012 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Floria. The game will be the 61st edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and will be played during the 2011–12 NBA season. Orlando will hosting the event for the 2nd time in its history.

The Logo for the event is shown above and the following are some of the key elements in the logo.

  1. The key aspect of the logo is the shooting star in light blue and black colors, which are also the primary colors of the Orlando magic logo. The Star is prominent to reflect the "All Star" Game.
  2. The Star has the pattern and shape of the basketball as well.
  3. The big Star also has a 3 small stars on it which have been taken from the Orlando Magic logo (perhaps to reflect the magic of Disney)
  4. The All Star font is very not the same as the one used by the Magic but does remind me of something that I am unable to pin down as I write this post.
  5. The location - Orlando 2012 is also prominent at the bottom and the NBA logo is thrown in the middle.

Overall, its a very ordinary logo. The logo does not reflect much about the city of Orlando (except perhaps the Disney magic stars). The colors are fairly dull as well. Hope the game, dunk contest and other events are more entertaining than the logo.

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Atlanta Hawks Logo - Design and History

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 The Atlanta Hawks are one of the worst teams in the NBA. Except for a few seasons in the 1980s and 1990's, the team is usually at the bottom of the league's standing. The franchise was formed in 1946 as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (named after Tri-City native Black Hawk) of the National Basketball League; it was based in the tri-city area between Moline, Illinois, Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa. Over the years, the team has moved to Atlanta and are now called the Atlanta Hawks. The current logo, shown on the left, depicts a hawk holding onto a basketball.

Lets hope that the franchise has a few good seasons for the rest of the decade.

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Boston Celtics Logo - Design and History

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The Boston Celtics logo is Celtic in gold and black twirling a basketball in a green circle

The world-famous figure has his left eye winking at you, his left hand resting on his shillelagh, his right index finger is pointing straight upward with a brown basketball sitting atop, his left foot crossed over and to the side of the right foot, he possesses a big smile (with a pipe projecting from the right corner of his mouth) and he is dressed in black buckle shoes, black pants, a gold front-button vest with a matching bow tie (with green three-leaf clovers displayed prominently in view on both), a long-sleeved white shirt and all topped off with a black derby hat with the same matching three-leaf clovers.


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Brooklyn Nets Logo - Design and History

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Brooklyn Nets Logo - Design and History

    

The Brooklyn Nets are a professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the NBA. The team is one of two NBA franchises playing in New York City, along with the New York Knicks. Popular rapper and businessman Jay-Z is also a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets were called the New Jersey Nets until the end of the 2011-2012 NBA season after which they were relocated to Brooklyn, NY. In May 2012, the Nets unveiled two logos for their organization, a primary and a secondary logo. The new primary logo retains the shield from its New Jersey Nets logo but adds the 'B' for Brooklyn. The basketball has been on every logo of the franchise since 1967 when they were called the New Jersey Americans. This logo continues that traditional as well. Brooklyn is also displayed prominently at the bottom to round out the design of the primary logo.

The secondary logo, takes off from the primary logo by retaining the basketball and  the B, but "Brooklyn" and "New York" surround the ball.

The logos have been designed by Jay Z and will have a black-and-white color scheme, which apparently pays homage to the old New York subway signage system.

Overall, the approach taken by the Brooklyn Nets is quite different because they have gone with a Black and White theme which make make it hard to put the logo on certain colors. However the Black and White combination can also be used quite effectively due to its striking contrast. No NBA team has B/W uniforms but many soccer teams use B/W uniforms and they look sharp. Time will tell how the logo will be received. Hopefully, the Brooklyn Nets will have more success than the NJ Nets.

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Charlotte Bobcats Logo - Design and History

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 Image The original Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans for the 2002-03 season. At that time, the city and the NBA agreed to create a new team in Charlotte for the 2004-05 season.  While many groups bid for the ownership of the team, a group led by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson won out. On June 15, 2006 it was announced that NBA legend Michael Jordan would become the 2nd largest owner in the Bobcats second to Johnson himself.

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