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Nuggets help celebrate NBA Hardwood Classics Month

Denver players set to wear commemorative ABA throwback jerseys four times

The Nuggets were called the Denver Rockets until changing their name and logo in 1974.

DENVER, Jan. 26, 2012 – To help celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of the American Basketball Association, the Denver Nuggets are one of nine teams scheduled to wear uniforms commemorating their days in the ABA.

The Nuggets will don their throwback uniforms four times, twice on the road (Feb. 11 at Indiana and Feb. 22 at the Los Angeles Clippers) and twice at home (Feb. 23 vs. San Antonio and March 9 vs. New Orleans).

Originally nicknamed the Denver Rockets, the team adopted the Nuggets moniker before the 1974-75 season. The ABA disbanded when Denver – along with the Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs – left to join the NBA in 1976.

In addition to Denver, eight other teams – the Clippers, Pacers, Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Jersey Nets – will recognize the anniversary by wearing commemorative uniforms and hosting special in-arena events.

The uniforms, made in conjunction with adidas, the league’s official outfitter, will feature designs from the team’s storied past or as originally worn by the former ABA franchises in their geographic region – Charlotte (Carolina Cougars), Clippers (Los Angeles Stars), Memphis (Memphis Tams), Miami (Miami Floridians), Minnesota (Minnesota Muskies), New Jersey (New York Nets) and San Antonio (Texas Chaparrals).

NBA Hardwood Classics Month will run through the month of February and will feature 38 games with six televised nationally on ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV. All jerseys will be available on NBAStore.com on Feb. 2.