The Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves honored the legendary teams and players of the Minneapolis Lakers last season in L.A. Take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the most interesting logos ever associated with an NBA or ABA franchise. (Click on the thumbnails below for a full image of each logo.)

 
Rank
Team, League, Years Used
Bottom Line ...
10
Cincinnati Royals, NBA, 1957-72
(became Kansas City Kings in '72, then Sacramento Kings in '85)
Takes one back to time when cartoon hot dogs encouraged drive-in audiences to "go to the lobby." Simple, yet engaging.
9
Miami Floridians, ABA, 1971-72
Looks like page ripped from second-grader's coloring book, but gets big points for originality.
8
Baltimore Bullets, NBA, 1947-55
Sleek '50s design hearkens back to golden age of milkshakes and waitresses on roller skates. Fact: Baltimore won '47-48 title.
Hardwood Classic
7
Oakland Oaks, ABA, 1967-69
Logo looks like it was borrowed from local high school, which is what makes it so appealing.
6
Carolina Cougars, ABA, 1969-74
This Cougar won't scare anyone, but has '70s cartoon appeal.
5
Houston Rockets, NBA, 1971-72
Cartoon astronaut might look simplistic and silly, but basic color scheme has old-school charm.
Hardwood Classic
4
Kentucky Colonels, ABA, 1967-76
Very similar to Rocket-man above, but gets extra points for dog and horseshoe in Colonel's right hand.
3
Pittsburgh Condors, ABA, 1970-72
Gaudy color scheme and "radical" silhouette make this emblematic of the over-the-top vibe of the ABA.
2
Denver Nuggets, NBA, 1974-81
Goofy prospector in short pants is an NBA classic.
Hardwood Classic
1
S.F. Warriors, NBA, 1962-71
One of classiest, simplest logos ever to grace the hardwood. Does Bay Area hoops proud.