There is plethora of love for the players of the game, as we see via the Dwight Howard saga for example, but seldom do we talk about the very symbol that represents each team.
Of course we are talking about the logos that have and continue to come and go from the league today.
The NBA has seen some tremendous logos go to waste, whether it's the Toronto Raptors' integration of the dinosaur or the Tetris look of the Denver Nuggets. It's always a pleasure to recognize just how unique and revitalize some of these team symbols have been to the game, and we take the time now to appreciate some of the classics.
These are the nine logos that no longer exist, including some that do and whose existence is threatened, that must be brought back to the league as soon as humanly possible.
This was one of the more interestingly designed logos in team history, and certainly one worth reconsidering.
It brings back the Grant Hill days and even the 2004 NBA championship. In fact, it was after that following season that this short-live logo was removed in 2005. It lasted from 2001-2005 and its years of existence clearly had little to do with just how unique this horse with fire for hair was.
It was one of the more innovative ideas for a team logo to ever exist in the NBA, and surely deserves another go soon enough.
Today, the Boston Celtics' logo still remains one of the team's more prominently used logos and the face of the franchise. But there has also been a lot of use of the clover logo as well, and that needs to stop.
Ditch the new clover logo and go 100 percent with the classic logo next season needs to be the motto.
The two don't compare, as the man smoking the pipe and spinning the rock in hand was one of the more unique logos in NBA history.
In honor of Zang Auerbach, Red's brother and creator of this tremendous logo, the clover should not take over this logo and should not be used. It might not be bringing it back exactly, but making sure it's the logo again is crucial.
It still gives me laugh or two every time.
The tipping of the hat over the corner of the "M" was such a creative, unique logo that should have never been changed in the first place.
This was a logo for roughly 20 years from 1980-2001, and there's no secret why. This is one of the top logos of all time, and it should definitely come back to the game.
From the Greek-god looking blue man holding the "Warriors" letters with pride, it is outright unconscionable as to why they changed the logo to the bridge.
Talk about a downgrade.
This was one of the fiercest, best designed logos the NBA had seen, and it is unfortunate that such a great logo has been kicked to the curb.
I know there's no team tougher than mine rocking this logo on the sidelines.
A logo that actually looks like a Tetris game?
Now that's awesome.
The Denver Nuggets' Carolina blue and gold look is not the least bit intimidating. These Nuggets need a change and bringing back this logo of epic proportions is certainly a way to go.
Talk about one heck of a logo.
These "Supersonics" were cool as ice, and the ever-so contrasting green and yellow at this stadium made the home of Seattle such a difficult place to play. It was clearly one of the more unique names in league history, and should have lasted significantly longer than it did.
Hopefully one day Seattle brings basketball back to their city, and brings this one-of-a-kind logo right back with them.
One of the more legendary logos in NBA history has to be the old school Sacramento Kings logo, of course.
From 1985 until the 1993-94 season, these Kings had something going right. Since 2006, this is a team that has failed to reach the postseason, and so perhaps the new Kings logo has run out of steam.
Time to bring back the crucial ball-sitting-over-crown logo back to the table?
The old-school Raptors logo was a classic in NBA history, and surely tops their new-look logo today.
They had the coolest colors, had a dinosaur representing them and it even had the t-rex looking mascot showing off the handles.
I would be astonished if the Raptors were to never bring back one of the more popular logos in recent history.
There was never a team more feared nor a logo as fierce as these Washington Bullets had.
Perhaps the Baltimore Bullets had the more top-notch symbol, but it was these Bullets that thrived for being the NBA's feared team. And their logo had every bit to do with it (along with the fact legend Wes Unseld and the '78 team won Washington's only title, of course).
Now they are the constantly struggling Washington Wizards, and are in desperate need of going back to the Bullets. C'mon team, give the old school logo another chance.