Heading into 2012, we have a lot to forget about the NBA. The 2011-2012 season is off to a bumpy start with the lockout and all that transpired.
Still, in celebration of "Hardwood Classics Month," nine NBA teams will wear retro uniforms from their time in the ABA. Some are extremely flashy, while others remind us why we left them where we did: in the past.
Take a look at this season's retro uniform collection, and let us know which uniforms catch your eye!
The Pacers were part of the ABA from 1967 to 1976, and then they joined the NBA. These are their uniforms from that time. Quite catchy, if you ask me!
The Charlotte Bobcats used to be called the Carolina Cougars when they were in the ABA. The Cougars came to the NBA in 1974, having never won a championship.
While their performance on the court never brought them trophies, there is something timeless about their uniforms. I really dig their name.
The San Antonio Spurs started out as the Dallas Chaparrals. Here is the true ABA stroy from Spurs.com:
The Chaparrals played six seasons in Dallas from 1967 to 1973. During the summer of 1973, a group of San Antonio businessmen led by Red McCombs, Angelo Drossos, John Schaefer and Art Burdick negotiated a three-year deal to lease the Chaparrals and move the team to San Antonio. The ownership group consisting of 35 stockholders changed the name of the team to the Spurs. Later that year, as support grew for the team, the stockholders arranged to purchase the team from the Dallas group and make San Antonio a permanent home. The Spurs played three seasons in the ABA before joining the NBA in 1976, along with the Nuggets, Pacers and Nets.
Like the Carolina Cougars, I find the uniform timeless. The name however, had to go, and I'm glad they changed it to the Spurs.
The Nuggets were actually the Denver Rockets for a majority of their ABA days. They switched to the Nuggets right before coming to the NBA. They made the switch to the NBA with several other teams in 1976.
"Hey, let's make our logo, literally a gold nugget, and to make sure there is no confusion, let's add a pick axe as well." So original.
That's really all I can say about the uniform.
This is easily one of my favorite throwback jerseys. Does this uniform not scream 70s? From the colors to the font used, I really dig this throwback.
This uniform celebrates the Los Angeles Stars. They were an ABA team formerly called the Amigos. In 1969, they were purchased by Jim Kirst, who moved them to LA and named them the Stars. They played one year there, then moved to Utah.
They left behind some classic threads. I look forward to seeing them back on the court this month!
The Heat are taking Hardwood Classics Month to a whole different level. They will celebrate the Miami Floridians of the ABA. They are going all out with retro-themed introductions, and 70's-themed alter egos for their players.
The team will debut a special player introduction video amid the backdrop of the 1975 smash hit “Get Down Tonight” sung by musical icon and South Florida native Harry Wayne Casey, better known as lead singer KC from the popular 1970's group, KC and The Sunshine Band. The lighthearted video, which will air before each of the Floridians games, features HEAT players donning afros and other props as they attempt to recreate the revelry of the era. In addition, HEAT.com and TIPOFF magazine will showcase the Floridians color scheme and content, highlighting each player’s 1970’s alter ego, his personal tastes and characteristics.
While I'm not a huge fan of the unis, I have to respect the effort the Heat are giving this month.
The Grizzlies will celebrate the ABA's Memphis Tams (acronym standing for Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi), who played in Memphis from 1972-1975.
This is one of my favorite uniforms for this month, and it is another timeless look.
The Timberwolves will celebrate Hardwood Classics Month by wearing the uniforms of the ABA's Minnesota Muskies. The team played as the Muskies until they were sold following the 1969 season. The following year, a different franchise came to Minnesota and called themselves the Pipers.
The Muskies uniform was very stylish and looks like a uniform they could pull off even today.