WHAT'S IN A NAME?
By Martin C. Sumners
Well, Shakespeare did not have the chance to root for an NBA team being that he died over 300 years before the league was formed. However, if he were around, he might reconsider his poignant sentiment. It's a big deal to those who want a nickname that evokes pride and a winning attitude for their local team.
NBA teams have resorted to a variety of methods to get their nicknames -- fan vote, history of the area, inherited after team relocation, etc. However the means, some names have taught us that Timberwolves are indigenous to the state of Minnesota. On the other hand, team names may confuse as you may wonder where are all the bodies of fresh water in Southern California that we have the Los Angeles Lakers.
While other names are so fitting that even a child can name the team...even before there is a team. Prior to the city of Orlando being granted a franchise, its team nickname was taken from the comments of the seven year old daughter of future general manager, Pat Williams.
Here are the stories of how the 30 NBA teams became who they are.