Old sports magazine? Check. Cool set of vintage sports logos? Check. Prototypical post material? Double check. This guide to the 1969-70 NBA season, published by The Sporting News, is a wonderful snapshot of an era of the league long past. Of the 14 teams shown here via logos, five have since taken on a new location and/or identity. Gone are the Cincinnati Royals (Sacramento Kings), San Francisco Warriors (Golden State Warriors), Seattle Supersonics (Oklahoma City Thunder), Baltimore Bullets (Washington Wizards), and San Diego Rockets (Houston Rockets). And of the nine teams that still go by the same name, only the Chicago Bulls have retained the exact same logo and colors. The rest have since been modified either slightly -- Celtics, Lakers, and 76ers -- or rather drastically
The 2013-14 NBA season tips off in just a few weeks -- October 29 to be precise -- so it's time for me to continue my series of recaps looking at the best and worst franchises in each of the four major American sports leagues. Today I look at the rankings for the 10 worst NBA franchises ever. As with the NHL best/worst and NFL best lists I've already done, the formula is pretty simple. I’ve ranked all 30 NBA franchises according to a series of categories, each of which is assigned a point value. I then divided the total point value by the number of years each team has been in existence and ordered by that. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 30 points for a league championship, and 15 points for a Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth. 5 points for
I've gone through my logo rankings for the NFL and MLB, so now it’s time for the NBA! If you want to see which logos I picked as the best for those leagues, I've provided this handy reference page. Otherwise, let’s do some roundball logo reviews. I’m going to take this at an easier pace than I did with football and baseball, so this will be running throughout the NBA 2012-13 regular season. Up next are the five teams of the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division — the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Washington Wizards. As always, most of these are sourced from Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website. Atlanta Hawks Best Alright, so maybe the uniforms the Hawks wore for these two seasons were pretty hideous, even by early '70s standards. But I li
Proving that it's never too late to right a hideous wrong, the NBA's Washington Wizards recently unveiled their new look for next season. Which is much like their old look. Witness: Current Wizards getup (the suck): Pretty awful, no? The color scheme is decent but that wacky typeface belongs on the packaging for some kids' drink, and that logo is simply too lame for words. New Wizards getup (much better): If those seem familiar to long-time basketball fans, there's a good reason. The new logo set is basically a lift of the old Washington Bullets look: Too bad they didn't go all the way and don those super groovy '70s uniforms, complete with form-fitting patriotic ball shorts: In any case, it's still an upgrade in just about every way possible. Now if only they...