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chicago lulz
10-29-2009, 03:26 PM
Title says it all. Sorry if this has been posted before.

Excerpt for the Bulls name, considering I'm a Bulls fan and didn't want to quote the whole article.

Chicago Bulls
According to the Chicago Bulls Encyclopedia, team owner Richard Klein was brainstorming nicknames for his new franchise in 1966 and wanted a name that portrayed Chicago’s status as the meat capital of the world. Klein was considering Matadors and Toreadors when his young son exclaimed, “Dad, that’s a bunch of bull!” The rest is somewhat dubious history.

Article Here (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/38838)

ko8e24
10-29-2009, 03:27 PM
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chicago lulz
10-29-2009, 03:34 PM
blah as in it's already been posted?

bbcmillionaire
10-29-2009, 03:42 PM
Title says it all. Sorry if this has been posted before.

Excerpt for the Bulls name, considering I'm a Bulls fan and didn't want to quote the whole article.


Article Here (http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/38838)

nice:clap::clap:

bleedprple&gold
10-29-2009, 05:32 PM
Most of them don't seem to have too much history behind them, just chosen in a contest. Some of the entries were just god awful. I'm just glad there is no dragons nba franchise.

Wilson
10-29-2009, 05:49 PM
It's such a shame that the Jazz name didn't stay in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz just sounds so cool, and fits in with the city...

chicago lulz
10-29-2009, 05:50 PM
It's such a shame that the Jazz name didn't stay in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz just sounds so cool, and fits in with the city...

Agreed.

TheShock45
10-29-2009, 06:31 PM
It's such a shame that the Jazz name didn't stay in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz just sounds so cool, and fits in with the city...

now its just funny since nobody in utah would actually listen to jazz

Jaydes
10-29-2009, 06:33 PM
Philadelphia 76ers...

The Decleration of Indapendence was signed in Phladelphia, 1776.

Thus, The Philadelpha 76ers.

....Thank you....


.... Thank You...

Speedrunner86
10-29-2009, 06:34 PM
Yeah Utah def should have changed their name when they moved.

Weird that multiple teams considered Dragons.

todu82
10-29-2009, 06:37 PM
Thanks for posting this, it's always fun to read up on stuff like this. always wondered how the Pistons got their name.

Gibby
10-29-2009, 06:43 PM
Toronto Bobcats/ Toronto Dragons sounds awfull

Ray_R
10-29-2009, 06:53 PM
Thanks for posting this, it's always fun to read up on stuff like this. always wondered how the Pistons got their name.

i dont know i always thought becuas they were in the motor city andwhat do you have on a motor is pistons :shrug:

Jaydes
10-29-2009, 06:57 PM
Thanks for posting this, it's always fun to read up on stuff like this. always wondered how the Pistons got their name.

Here ya go!


The Detroit Pistons began play as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941. The founder of the team, Fred Zollner, owned Zollner Corporation which made pistons for car and truck engines.

JWO35
10-29-2009, 06:58 PM
Detroit Pistons: This team was known to piss on other teams in the late 80s and early 90s
Hence the name Detroit Pistons!

Jaydes
10-29-2009, 07:01 PM
Atlanta Hawks- Believe it or not, the Hawks use to be located in the mid-west. In fact they were called the Tri-City Blackhawks as they were shared by 3 cities (Molina and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Indiana). These 3 cities use to be the land that belonged to the Kickapoo, Saux, and Fox Indians. They also shared one chief by the name Blackhawk who was later fought over by the 3 in a war that was named the Blackhawk War. (No word on who won the war) but the team later moved to Milwaukee where they would shorten the name to Hawks.

2. Boston Celtics – As most of us know, the Boston area is rich of Irish culture considering there are a lot of Irish Americans living there. It’s believed that the druid tribes called the Celts (C is pronounced as a K) are ancestors of the Irish population. So the team name as well as the logo and mascot are in related to the connection of Boston to the land of the Leprechauns.

3. Charlotte Bobcats- Thanks to Big Sid City, we have an origin as to where the Bobcats name came from. It comes from the name of the owner Robert Johnson, who was professional sports first black majority owner. In tribute the name is known as Bob's cats which we know that Bob is another name for Robert.

4. Chicago Bulls – While I may admit it, I thought the Bulls were a meaningless name for the city. But it indeed does have a historic reference. Chicago use to be the hot spot of the meat packing industry during the late 19th century and early 20th century. It was where Texas Longhorns were taken by rail to get slaughtered and then distributed throughout the country. Its also a fact that Chicago use to be the home of the worlds largest stockyard.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers- While Cavalier means someone who supported the royalist during the English Civil War. It’s believed that the name is actually a mix up in pronunciation with French word Chivalier, meaning Cavalrymen. One of the most famous American war heroes is Cavalryman George A. Custer who was from Ohio.

6. Dallas Maverick- According to popular belief, a Maverick is a horse. While that fact is false, it does very well relate to the culture within Texas. A Maverick is a lone cowboy and Texas once was roaming of Mavericks making their long treks on cattle drives.

7. Denver Nuggets- for any who know their American history. Colorado was a big component of the Gold Rush to the west. It was where many Nuggets (pieces of gold) were dug up. the name pay homage to the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859.

8. Detroit Pistons- Heres a tricky one. I can say I got tricked myself assuming the name Pistons came from the motor city itself. But I was wrong. The Pistons use to be located in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the time it was a city built around the Frank Zollners Piston manufacturing company. Everyone who lived in the city worked for this company that made Pistons for automobiles. The NBA team was owned Frank Zollner. Ironically though, the name still applied to its new home Detroit.

9. Golden State Warriors- While the team came from the other side of the US. Its still likely that the name is generic. But there has been some idea that the name came from the Delaware Indians who use to inhabit the area. Its rumored that they put up a good fight against the British colonists.

10. Houston Rockets- Here another tricky name much like the Detroit Pistons story, but even more ironic. The Rockets were originally located in San Diego and in fact had no meaning whatsoever to the name Rockets. Therefore it was completely generic. But it became a perfect fit when they moved to Houston which then became home of NASA’s Mission control.

11. Indiana Pacers- This is for racing fans as they know Indianapolis has a rich history in racing. For those who don’t know, a Pacer is a car that comes out and sets the pace during a Red flag in a race at the Indy 500.

12. Los Angeles Clippers- This name actually has no meaning to the city of LA, but it does to San Diego which use to be the home of the Clippers. A Clipper is a long sailing ship that was used in the 19th century. San Diego at the time and still is a very important port city. It was also the hot spot where Clipper ships from South America would come in during the famous 1849 Gold rush.

13. Los Angeles Lakers- This may be the most popular stories as many of us know that Lakers has nothing to do with the city of LA. The name was created when the team was located in Minneapolis. Which is on the coastline of the Great lakes. On the great lakes are these huge ships called Lakers. The name can also reference to the state that has 10,000 lakes.

14. Memphis Grizzlies- As Memphis is nicknamed the Athens of the west (hence where NFL’s Titans name came from) the Grizzlies have no meaning to the current location. Its basically the leftover name from Vancouver.

15. Miami Heat- as we all know, Miami is located in a very warm area. Thus is where the name Heat came from.

16. Milwuakee Bucks- Again another name with a simple fact that it’s the location with a population of Bucks.

17. Minnesota Timberwolves- While the name is quite generic. There is some historic reference to it as Wolf hunting use to be popular sport in the area during the 20th century.

18. New Orleans Hornets- While Hornets have nothing to do with New Orleans, we all know the team use to be in Charlotte which is where the name serves as a historic reference. Back during the revolutionary war. The Carolinas were being invaded by the British, but to the British’s surprise. The Americans laid out a trap that the British described as being “caught in a Hornets nest”. The name stuck and on 1987 during a name contest for the team. The name won. Glad to see someone knowing their history.

19. New Jersey Nets- while many consider the team name to be generic. There has been a story going around that the name Nets is a reference to the robust fishing industry that New Jersey has (fishing nets).

20. New York Knicks- like many old teams, mostly not from the NBA though. You will find names that are shortened. Knicks is a shortened term for Knickerbockers. Which was the type of pants worn by the Dutch immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th century. I guess it’s a way to pay tribute to the Dutch finding New York City.

21. Orlando Magic- This name is quite simple to figure out. Orlando being the home of Disneyland. Magic is a reference to Disney.

22. Philadelphia 76ers- This is named in honor of those who signed the declaration of independence on July, 4, 1776. Philadelphia is also the location of this historic moment.

23. Portland Trailblazers- Back to the history books. Portland was the end of the Oregon trial which brought millions to the west. It was also the home of many Trailblazers who were someone who opened up and cleared the route for the traveler. They were also Fur trappers.

24. Sacramento Kings- This name has no Historic reference, but it can refer to monarch as Sacramento is the capital of California.

25. San Antonio Spurs- This name is a tad generic but it does refer to the cowboys in the west. A spur is a sharp object worn on the boot of a cowboy to control horses.

26. Seattle Supersonics- I know this team is gone, but it does have a historic reference. Seattle is home to the Boeing aircraft plant and thus references to a planes sonic boom.

27. Utah Jazz- Another name that was critically carried away from its home. The Jazz use to be in New Orleans. Which is the Jazz capital of the world. As most great Jazz musicians began their career in New Orleans.

28. Washington Wizards- the last name finally and its generic. But on a comedic side was actually forced by the public to change the name from the Bullets to the Wizards.

29.Phoenix Suns- The name was selected when it won the contest to name the expansion team that was to be located in Phoenix in 1968. The name comes from idea that Phoenix is known as "the Valley of the Sun".

30. Toronto Raptors- While the name may sound quite generic. The name was picked as a winner in a naming contest. The idea of the name came from this immense popularity of the movie Jurassic Park. The time the name was being picked was 1994.

31.Oklahoma City Thunder- Im sure all of us remember when the name for this team was up in the air. we had threads, articles, and polls on it. The origin to name comes from the weather that more commonly occurs in that area.

Speedrunner86
10-29-2009, 07:08 PM
Atlanta Hawks- Believe it or not, the Hawks use to be located in the mid-west. In fact they were called the Tri-City Blackhawks as they were shared by 3 cities (Molina and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Indiana). These 3 cities use to be the land that belonged to the Kickapoo, Saux, and Fox Indians. They also shared one chief by the name Blackhawk who was later fought over by the 3 in a war that was named the Blackhawk War. (No word on who won the war) but the team later moved to Milwaukee where they would shorten the name to Hawks.


It's Moline, and Davenport, Iowa

Vinny642
10-29-2009, 07:14 PM
Charlotte/ New Orleans Hornets >>>>> Charlotte/ New Orleans Spirit

Wilson
10-29-2009, 07:20 PM
Can't believe the Celtics were almost named the Unicorns :laugh: :laugh:

Mordy15
10-29-2009, 07:34 PM
Washington Grand Wizards.

bleedprple&gold
10-29-2009, 08:28 PM
Can't believe the Celtics were almost named the Unicorns :laugh: :laugh:

Lol that would just be demoralizing to play for the Unicorns. How could you play with any fire or passion when your team name is the ****ing Unicorns!!

MiamiHeat
10-29-2009, 08:44 PM
Miami Sharks
Miami Tornadoes
Miami Beaches
Miami Barracudas

:puke:

glad they picked Miami Heat

Raph12
10-29-2009, 08:47 PM
Detroit Pistons: This team was known to piss on other teams in the late 80s and early 90s
Hence the name Detroit Pistons!

LMFAO at your sig, Jordan looks so ****ed up lol.

Ray_R
10-29-2009, 09:14 PM
Lol that would just be demoralizing to play for the Unicorns. How could you play with any fire or passion when your team name is the ****ing Unicorns!!

pink and purple unis :speechless:

Ray_R
10-29-2009, 09:15 PM
Atlanta Hawks- Believe it or not, the Hawks use to be located in the mid-west. In fact they were called the Tri-City Blackhawks as they were shared by 3 cities (Molina and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Indiana). These 3 cities use to be the land that belonged to the Kickapoo, Saux, and Fox Indians. They also shared one chief by the name Blackhawk who was later fought over by the 3 in a war that was named the Blackhawk War. (No word on who won the war) but the team later moved to Milwaukee where they would shorten the name to Hawks.

2. Boston Celtics – As most of us know, the Boston area is rich of Irish culture considering there are a lot of Irish Americans living there. It’s believed that the druid tribes called the Celts (C is pronounced as a K) are ancestors of the Irish population. So the team name as well as the logo and mascot are in related to the connection of Boston to the land of the Leprechauns.

3. Charlotte Bobcats- Thanks to Big Sid City, we have an origin as to where the Bobcats name came from. It comes from the name of the owner Robert Johnson, who was professional sports first black majority owner. In tribute the name is known as Bob's cats which we know that Bob is another name for Robert.

4. Chicago Bulls – While I may admit it, I thought the Bulls were a meaningless name for the city. But it indeed does have a historic reference. Chicago use to be the hot spot of the meat packing industry during the late 19th century and early 20th century. It was where Texas Longhorns were taken by rail to get slaughtered and then distributed throughout the country. Its also a fact that Chicago use to be the home of the worlds largest stockyard.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers- While Cavalier means someone who supported the royalist during the English Civil War. It’s believed that the name is actually a mix up in pronunciation with French word Chivalier, meaning Cavalrymen. One of the most famous American war heroes is Cavalryman George A. Custer who was from Ohio.

6. Dallas Maverick- According to popular belief, a Maverick is a horse. While that fact is false, it does very well relate to the culture within Texas. A Maverick is a lone cowboy and Texas once was roaming of Mavericks making their long treks on cattle drives.

7. Denver Nuggets- for any who know their American history. Colorado was a big component of the Gold Rush to the west. It was where many Nuggets (pieces of gold) were dug up. the name pay homage to the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859.

8. Detroit Pistons- Heres a tricky one. I can say I got tricked myself assuming the name Pistons came from the motor city itself. But I was wrong. The Pistons use to be located in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the time it was a city built around the Frank Zollners Piston manufacturing company. Everyone who lived in the city worked for this company that made Pistons for automobiles. The NBA team was owned Frank Zollner. Ironically though, the name still applied to its new home Detroit.

9. Golden State Warriors- While the team came from the other side of the US. Its still likely that the name is generic. But there has been some idea that the name came from the Delaware Indians who use to inhabit the area. Its rumored that they put up a good fight against the British colonists.

10. Houston Rockets- Here another tricky name much like the Detroit Pistons story, but even more ironic. The Rockets were originally located in San Diego and in fact had no meaning whatsoever to the name Rockets. Therefore it was completely generic. But it became a perfect fit when they moved to Houston which then became home of NASA’s Mission control.

11. Indiana Pacers- This is for racing fans as they know Indianapolis has a rich history in racing. For those who don’t know, a Pacer is a car that comes out and sets the pace during a Red flag in a race at the Indy 500.

12. Los Angeles Clippers- This name actually has no meaning to the city of LA, but it does to San Diego which use to be the home of the Clippers. A Clipper is a long sailing ship that was used in the 19th century. San Diego at the time and still is a very important port city. It was also the hot spot where Clipper ships from South America would come in during the famous 1849 Gold rush.

13. Los Angeles Lakers- This may be the most popular stories as many of us know that Lakers has nothing to do with the city of LA. The name was created when the team was located in Minneapolis. Which is on the coastline of the Great lakes. On the great lakes are these huge ships called Lakers. The name can also reference to the state that has 10,000 lakes.

14. Memphis Grizzlies- As Memphis is nicknamed the Athens of the west (hence where NFL’s Titans name came from) the Grizzlies have no meaning to the current location. Its basically the leftover name from Vancouver.

15. Miami Heat- as we all know, Miami is located in a very warm area. Thus is where the name Heat came from.

16. Milwuakee Bucks- Again another name with a simple fact that it’s the location with a population of Bucks.

17. Minnesota Timberwolves- While the name is quite generic. There is some historic reference to it as Wolf hunting use to be popular sport in the area during the 20th century.

18. New Orleans Hornets- While Hornets have nothing to do with New Orleans, we all know the team use to be in Charlotte which is where the name serves as a historic reference. Back during the revolutionary war. The Carolinas were being invaded by the British, but to the British’s surprise. The Americans laid out a trap that the British described as being “caught in a Hornets nest”. The name stuck and on 1987 during a name contest for the team. The name won. Glad to see someone knowing their history.

19. New Jersey Nets- while many consider the team name to be generic. There has been a story going around that the name Nets is a reference to the robust fishing industry that New Jersey has (fishing nets).

20. New York Knicks- like many old teams, mostly not from the NBA though. You will find names that are shortened. Knicks is a shortened term for Knickerbockers. Which was the type of pants worn by the Dutch immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th century. I guess it’s a way to pay tribute to the Dutch finding New York City.

21. Orlando Magic- This name is quite simple to figure out. Orlando being the home of Disneyland. Magic is a reference to Disney.

22. Philadelphia 76ers- This is named in honor of those who signed the declaration of independence on July, 4, 1776. Philadelphia is also the location of this historic moment.

23. Portland Trailblazers- Back to the history books. Portland was the end of the Oregon trial which brought millions to the west. It was also the home of many Trailblazers who were someone who opened up and cleared the route for the traveler. They were also Fur trappers.

24. Sacramento Kings- This name has no Historic reference, but it can refer to monarch as Sacramento is the capital of California.

25. San Antonio Spurs- This name is a tad generic but it does refer to the cowboys in the west. A spur is a sharp object worn on the boot of a cowboy to control horses.

26. Seattle Supersonics- I know this team is gone, but it does have a historic reference. Seattle is home to the Boeing aircraft plant and thus references to a planes sonic boom.

27. Utah Jazz- Another name that was critically carried away from its home. The Jazz use to be in New Orleans. Which is the Jazz capital of the world. As most great Jazz musicians began their career in New Orleans.

28. Washington Wizards- the last name finally and its generic. But on a comedic side was actually forced by the public to change the name from the Bullets to the Wizards.

29.Phoenix Suns- The name was selected when it won the contest to name the expansion team that was to be located in Phoenix in 1968. The name comes from idea that Phoenix is known as "the Valley of the Sun".

30. Toronto Raptors- While the name may sound quite generic. The name was picked as a winner in a naming contest. The idea of the name came from this immense popularity of the movie Jurassic Park. The time the name was being picked was 1994.

31.Oklahoma City Thunder- Im sure all of us remember when the name for this team was up in the air. we had threads, articles, and polls on it. The origin to name comes from the weather that more commonly occurs in that area.

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smith&wesson
10-29-2009, 09:16 PM
its soo sad that toronto's name is the raptors.

it has no relation at all to the city, the name should have never been entered in to the naming contest. The only reason it was chosen was because of that stupid ***** movie jurasic park. obviously a **** load of kids voted. if your a grown *** man and intellegent enough you would know not to allow that name to be entered in the contest knowing dam well its a popular movie amonst kids and alot of the voters are kids. It just really pisses me off because its a really terrible name that has 0 relevence to the city or basket ball. the hockey team is named after a dam leaf and thats an amazing name compared to the raptors.

sorry had to vent, the raptors name never sat well with me. who even remembers the dam movie ... in my opinion the dragons would have even better at least you can see a dam dragon if you go to the zoo. my kid asks me what a raptor is i have to take his *** to the museam .

Ethix11
10-29-2009, 09:21 PM
raptors is pretty cool man those freakin monsters owned. what else would you have named it?

Wilson
10-29-2009, 10:39 PM
raptors is pretty cool man those freakin monsters owned. what else would you have named it?

I don't know how many people know that Raptors were actually about two feet tall and had feathers. They were impressive animals, but not six/seven feet tall world killers like the film suggested.

They did hunt in large packs though, so I suppose it kind of works for a basketball team :shrug:

daleja424
10-29-2009, 10:43 PM
It hot in miami?

swagga81
10-29-2009, 10:48 PM
It's such a shame that the Jazz name didn't stay in New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz just sounds so cool, and fits in with the city...


Agreed.


i agree 2!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Jazz

swagga81
10-29-2009, 10:54 PM
Vancouver Mounties for the grizz

Giaps
10-29-2009, 11:02 PM
Carolina Cougars is so much better than Charlotte Bobcats.