4 NBA Logos That Need To Change, And A Logo That Will Be Changed Even Though I Love It

We have come upon my fourth most favorite time of year: logo changing season. This is that wonderful time of year when teams decide to reveal their long labored new logos, typeface and jerseys to the public, generally to serious critiques, and often to well deserved ridicule (I’m looking at you Cleveland Browns):

Browns

With that being said, there’s been a slew of redesigns across the sports world recently, and I wanted to point out a few that, in my eyes, need to be redesigned soon and one that (I hope) won’t be redesigned. I won’t be including logos created within the past decade because generally speaking a logo has a decade of shelf-life (sorry Raptors and Clippers fans). I also won’t include the Sacramento Kings or the Detroit Pistons because rumor has it they’ll both be changing their logos this May/June (for the Kings that’s less of a rumor these days):

KingsPatent

(via Chris Creamer at sportslogos.net) This is the trademark filing, so black and white won’t be Sacramento’s actual color scheme. I’m hoping for like a regal purple, regal red and gold scheme myself. So, without further adieu, here are the teams I hope change their logos soon:

  1. INDIANA PACERS
    Pacers (Indiana’s current logo, via sportslogos.net)

Don’t get me wrong here: I love the color scheme, and I love the slanted P with a basketball inside. It’s just SO BASIC. In looking up the definition of “Pacer” I found a pacer is “a horse bred or trained to have a distinctive lateral gait in which both legs on the same side are lifted together, used in some types of racing.” THEY COULD DO SO MUCH WITH THAT. Don’t get rid of the P, just add a racehorse to the logo. Or a racecar. Or a person running.

2. HOUSTON ROCKETS

Rockets (Houston’s current logo, via sportslogos.net)

I love the rocket R. It’s almost become a classic. But i don’t feel like it’s primary logo worthy. Secondary logo? Most definitely. This logo is just slightly too plain as well. There are logos that are way too complicated and suffer from that (Sacramento Kings cough cough), but the reverse is also true. If it’s too simple it can be straight up boring. Add some flavor, like these fan made logos below:

I personally prefer the logo to the left, in case you were wondering.

3. PHOENIX SUNS

Suns(Current Suns logo via sportslogos.net)

Now I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t they change their logo within the past decade? Technically, yes,  although it was more of a recolor of the previous logo:

SunsOld(also from sportslogos.net)

Heck, what is essentially the same logo from the 90’s has lasted a quarter century now. The box logo with the shooting sun is virtually iconic. My idea with their logo would be to stand the box upright, and turn the shooting sun into maybe a more fiery sun. Make it a little more fierce.

4. ORLANDO MAGIC

Magic (Current Magic logo via sportslogos.net)

This logo is the king of blah. There’s no emotion. It’s extremely bland. The typeface “Orlando Magic” isn’t in any way shape or form magical. IT’S SO BORING. I actually broke my 10 year rule because this logo is just so eugh. It’s 7 years old. Close enough yes? Anyway, here’s a much better logo that someone wasn’t paid to do but did it anyway:

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Like holy crap I’d much rather be talking about this fan made logo than the garbage that is the actual logo.

(BONUS) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Thunder (Current Thunder logo via sportslogos.net)

I figured since I cheated when discussing the Magic, I’ll talk about a logo that is surprisingly just about to reach a full decade of existence: this thing. It’s been fairly derided over the years (What are those two lines behind the shield? Why does the OKC come out of the shield? Why is the word THUNDER in that kind of font? etc, etc.) and it strikes me more like the opposite of “Thunder”. To me it’s a nice sunny day, at least that’s what the logo is trying to tell me. Here are, for your convenience, logos that convey a much more thundery appearance:

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I personally like the bottom one, because not only does it capture that thundery feel, it also feels very Oklahoma-y.

A SPECIAL NOTE TO THE UTAH JAZZ:

Jazz (Current Jazz logo via sportslogos.net)

Dear Utah Jazz: don’t change this logo, or if you do, bring back the purple and light blue scheme you had until 2010. I’m hearing rumors that you might go back to that musical note logo this year, and I’m begging you: please don’t. That logo lacked inspiration. It was absolutely bland, and you didn’t really get a feeling that it was the UTAH Jazz. With the light blue, dark blue and purple version of the logo above, it perfectly encompassed what Utah was for me: it was the mountains, rising high above the places I lived and the usually blue skies. You kind of killed it with green-yellow abomination, which really only worked for the Seattle Sonics, but it’s still a good logo. It just needs a fresh set of paint. If you MUST change it to something more classical I’d rather it be something like this:Jazzlogomeh (which honestly need to get rid of that lime green asap) than this:

olderjazzlogo (also from sportslogos.net)

But I’d still prefer this above all:

OldJazz (sportlogos.net)

 

 

 

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4 NBA Logos That Need To Change, And A Logo That Will Be Changed Even Though I Love It

Wait, What?

If all these early indications are to be believed, David Blatt is no longer the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. And I am completely baffled by this move. To me, this has every bit of “same old Cleveland” that’s been haunting the city’s sports teams for decades. Let’s get to the heart of this, shall we?

It’s not like David Blatt was a horrible coach. The Cavaliers are 30-11 and number one in a very competitive Eastern Conference. He was 53-29 last season, for a grand total of 83-40, not including last years playoffs where the Cavaliers made it to the NBA Finals. With that being said though, it’s not like Blatt was an astounding coach like Gregg Popovich. He’s a so-so head coach, like Eric Spoelstra. The reason I compare him to Spoelstra is that Spoelstra wasn’t fired halfway through his second season with LeBron James at the helm.

And I don’t want to hear locker room dysfunction as the reason Blatt was fired. That would be utterly insane to put that squarely on his shoulders. Is he to blame for part of it? Absolutely. But LeBron James should also bear some of that burden because he’s their bona fide leader no matter who the coach is. He has to accept that mantle of responsibility and help the coach maintain order in the locker room. He’s a veteran player, he should know that by now.

The timing couldn’t be weirder either. Instead of doing it earlier in the season or waiting for the All-Star Break, the Cavaliers decided to fire him now. Why? What point does that even serve? All you get is instability before the break and players having to learn a new system. And instability doesn’t help any team, in fact, if I was any team in the Eastern Conference (except for the 76ers, they still suck), I’d start licking my chops because the Cavaliers just got a bit less tough to play against, at least for now. Mark my words, this is probably going to cost the Cavaliers the top seed or even the second seed in the playoffs.

Heck, this season is basically over in my eyes. It can really only end two ways for this Cavs team: interim coach Ty Lue will cement himself as one of the great coaches along with Pat Riley by winning the NBA Finals, or he won’t win the NBA Finals. I’m pretty sure Lue is no Pat Riley, so odds are this Cavaliers team doesn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel this season. This is, after all, the same franchise that fired Chuck Daly, and the same franchise that let Lenny Wilkens go to Atlanta, so letting good coaches go is essentially tradition in Cleveland. So, realistically speaking, I wouldn’t be surprised if David Blatt won the NBA Finals in a couple years or so with the Houston Rockets or whoever picks him up. And hopefully whoever picks up Blatt next will treat him with respect, unlike what the Cavaliers have done to him. Until then, Cleveland can always look forward to next season, only to have it’s hopes and dreams dashed yet again. Because that is, after all, a Cleveland tradition.

Wait, What?

2016: My Bold Predictions

2015 has come and gone, and 2016 is here to stay. Well, until next year. With that, speculation abounds as to what will happen this year, how everything will play out. Most of the stuff will be absolutely insane. Even the things that appear sane right now will appear insane come December 31st 2016. So I’m going to be beyond sane in this crystal ball of mine. I’m not going insane, just beyond the standard mold (like I won’t pick the 76ers to win the NBA Finals this season.) So, these are my bold predictions for the year of 2016 (in chronological order)

1/4/2016: Jason Garrett is fired as the coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Now this isn’t incredibly bold, but people have been starting to speculate that his job’s safe. I don’t think so. Jerry Jones is notoriously impatient, and with the large amount of struggles on offense without Tony Romo and a limited Dez Bryant I don’t see how Garrett keeps his job with the boss he has.

1/11: If you consider it a bold prediction, the Alabama Crimson Tide defeat the Clemson Tigers 31-21 in the College Football Championship.

1/12: Chip Kelly is named the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. I sincerely think this is the job Chip is going to get, not the Titans. The Browns are in all regards a better team than the Titans, and require less of a build than the Titans. It’s a better job, and with a quarterback with the same kind of skill set that Chip is good with, it’s a match made in heaven (hell?).

1/13: One day after the Browns “surprisingly” nab Chip, the NFL announces that only the Chargers and Raiders are being allowed to move to Los Angeles. The Rams stay in St. Louis.

1/17: The Washington Redskins upset the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional Round. Remember in my playoff predictions how I said the Redskins had that 2007 and 2011 New York Giants feel? In these bold predictions they go full 2007/2011 Giants and make it to the NFC Championship, where they’ll beat the Cardinals en route to a date with the Patriots in Super Bowl 50.

2/4: The Washington Redskins upset the New England Patriots 27-24 on a last second interception on the goal line. Julian Edelman drops a potential touchdown two plays before the interception. Kirk Cousins is named Super Bowl MVP.

Sometime in March: Ronda Rousey challenges Holly Holm to a rematch. The match is scheduled for October.

Sometime in March: Michigan State defeats Kentucky for the Men’s College Basketball Championship.

4/9: The Golden State Warriors defeat the Memphis Grizzlies for an NBA record 73rd victory and become “the best NBA team ever”. They finish the regular season 74-8.

4/28: The Tennessee Titans pick Joey Bosa from Ohio State with the first pick of the NFL Draft. Paxton Lynch is the first quarterback picked (5th by the 49ers)

5/22: The NHL Finals between the Florida Panthers and the Los Angeles Kings begins with a 2-0 win for the Panthers.

6/1: The NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Indiana Pacers begins with a Pacers win, 107-106.

6/2: The Florida Panthers win the NHL Finals for the first time in franchise history 4 games to 2 over the LA Kings.

6/17: The Indiana Pacers upset the Golden State Warriors on a last second buzzer beater to win Game 7 of the NBA Finals to take home the Championship.

Sometime in July: The Washington Wizards sign Kevin Durant to a five year multi-million dollar deal.

8/6: Tony Dungy, Terrell Owens and John Lynch are among the six players/coaches inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame.

8/10: The USA comes second overall in the Olympics behind China. The US Mens Basketball and Womens Basketball teams do claim the gold in Rio.

8/24: FIFA acknowledges bribery by Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar is stripped from hosting the World Cup and replaced by Canada. Sites are Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Hamilton, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, and London (Ontario).

9/8: The NFL season begins with the Washington Redskins against the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately those who watched it gouged their eyes out due to the reintroduction of the “Color Rush”. Detroit wins 17-10.

9/11: Tom Brady starts the beginning of a down year (for him) by throwing an interception against the Jets on the first play of the first game of the season. The Patriots lose 24-13.

10/2: The MLB Season ends (is this really that bold a prediction?) with the Houston Astros as the Number 1 seed in the American League (there it is).

10/4: The Minnesota Twins win their Wild Card game against the Yankees, allowing them to advance to the playoffs where they upset the Astros and the Royals to make it to the MLB Championship against the Chicago Cubs.

10/13: The NHL Season starts between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Chicago wins 3-0.

10/23: Ronda Rousey defeats Holly Holm in a knockout 31 seconds into the first round, avenging her loss last year.

10/25: The NBA season tips off between the Indiana Pacers and the Washington Wizards. The Wizards win the game 87-80.

10/30: The first meeting between the Chargers and Raiders since they moved to Los Angeles occurs. The LA Raiders win 31-10.

10/31: The Chicago Cubs win the Pennant for the first time since 1908.

11/6: Halfway through the NFL’s season, there are three unbeatens left (Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets) and one winless team left (San Francisco 49ers).

11/8: The NFL announces that it’s no longer doing “Color Rush” Thursday nights, and everybody breathes a collective sigh of relief.

11/24: The Detroit Lions are the first NFL team to clinch a playoff berth.

12/4: The last CFP Rankings are released, with #1 Alabama, #2 Oregon, #3 Michigan, and #4 Kansas State.

12/4: Lions lose their first game of the regular season, there are no unbeaten teams left.

12/18: The Chiefs and Jets clinch an AFC Wild Card bye.

12/25: New England clinches a Wild Card berth despite the struggles of Tom Brady. The sixth seed is still up for grabs between the Bills, Jaguars and Raiders. Jets clinch #1 seed.

12/25: Rematch between the Warriors and Pacers. Warriors win 99-87.

12/31: Alabama defeats Kansas State 24-20. Oregon defeats Michigan 37-31.

11:59 pm 12/31: Canada declares war on the United States for electing Trump and conquers everything. All sporting events are cancelled in 2017 except for Canadian Football, hockey and curling.

And finally we reach 2017. What an eventful 2016. While none of this may come to pass (especially that last prediction. Trump for President? Bah.), I look forward to reviewing what I got right and wrong, and then making predictions for 2017. I hope we are all prepared for our eventual Canadian overlords.

2016: My Bold Predictions