NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2005 – The NBA and its teams will celebrate the past with a series of retro games titled NBA Hardwood Classics Nights for the fifth consecutive season. As part of their celebration, 11 teams will honor their history by commemorating specific historical events and milestones, the history of basketball in their city, or legendary teams and players by wearing uniforms from each decade of the NBA’s history, as well as having special ceremonies, in-arena entertainment and promotions.

NBA Hardwood Classics Nights will tip-off December 4. There will be a total of 52 games scheduled; 16 of the 52 games will feature both teams wearing their HWCN uniforms; 16 of the 52 games will be televised on either ABC, ESPN, TNT or NBATV.

During the 2005-2006 regular NBA season, the following 11 teams will participate in NBA Hardwood Classic Nights:

TeamCelebrationUniformFirst Game
New York KnicksKnicks BasketballRoad 1952-5312/4/05 (NBATV)
Chicago Bulls60th Anniversary Chicago StagsRoad 1946-4712/5/05
Los Angeles Clippers35th Anniversary of FranchiseRoad 1970-7112/5/05
Seattle SuperSonicsFirst NBA SeasonHome 1967-6812/6/05
Memphis Grizzlies35th Anniversary of Memphis Pro BasketballRoad 1970-7112/9/05
Phoenix Suns30th Anniversary of First Finals AppearanceRoad 1975-7612/9/05 (ESPN)
New Jersey Nets30th Anniversary ABA ChampionshipHome 1975-7612/10/05
Orlando MagicMagic BasketballHome 1989-9012/10/05
Washington WizardsWizards BasketballHome 1971-7212/10/05(NBATV)
Miami HeatProfessional Basketball in MiamiRoad 1971-7212/11/05
Houston RocketsBack-to-Back ChampionshipsHome 1993-952/22/06


Last season fourteen teams hosted NBA Hardwood Classics Nights games. Highlights included the Philadelphia 76ers honoring the 50th Anniversary of its 1954-55 NBA Champion Syracuse Nationals and the Sacramento Kings celebrating 20 years in the city of Sacramento. Reebok is the exclusive supplier of the HWCN on-court merchandise providing the teams with uniforms, classic inspired warm-ups, shooting shirts, headbands and wristbands. Merchandise is available exclusively at the world’s only NBA Store on Fifth Avenue in New York, NBAStore.com and NBA team shops.