It’s always fun to go back through the history of our great game on the hardwood. Compared to other professional sport leagues like MLB and the NFL, the NBA is relatively young, so it’s not as difficult to grasp a strong, overall understanding of the evolution of the league.
As many of us adopt our favorite teams as kids, we don’t question the origins of their names; you just know that the Lakers are the Lakers, the Knicks are the Knicks, and so on.
Eventually, we develop were curiosity and ask ourselves, where do these names come from? Their stories are quite diverse depending on the situation and the era in which they came about.
Without further ado, here are the origins of every NBA team’s name in the Western Conference.
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