Logo History

1968 - 1972

After moving to Long Island, N.Y., where they first played at the Long Island Arena in Commack, the team first became known as the "New York Nets." Dropping the shield, but keeping the colors, the logo know featured a script "nets" against a block-lettered "NY" backdrop, sometimes featuring a generic player alongside it.

1972 - 1977

In 1972, the Nets opted to contain the previous logo against a red, white and blue basketball, much like the one the ABA used during games. They did retain the previous main logo (blue script "nets" against a red block "NY") as an alternate.

1977 - 1978

For the team's first season in New Jersey, played at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, the team dropped the block "NY," allowing the now-familiar script "nets" to be enlarged and darkened, now black rather than blue.

1978 - 1990

The Nets incorporated the state silhouette into a completely redesigned logo, doing away with the script "nets" for a block "Nets," set in white against a red and blue circle. This logo provided stability, remaining in place for twice as long as any previous incarnation.

1990 - 1997

The Nets modernized their logo just in time for the arrival of Derrick Coleman, Kenny Anderson, Drazen Petrovic and a new era of success. The red, white and blue gradient featured an all-caps block "NETS" floating above a basketball that shared the hues, hearkening back to the team's time in the ABA.

1997 - 2012

A second update within the '90s proved longer lasting; the Nets brought back the shield concept from their first logo while keeping the basketball that has been part of all but one. Most significantly, the team changed its color scheme for the first time: deepening the red and swapping royal blue for navy, also adding silver and dark grey. A secondary logo featuring "NJ" overtaking the shield was used from 1997-2006.
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