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NBA Team Logos

Since the NBA playoffs are going on now, mental_floss is taking a close look at professional basketball team logos. A really close look, zooming into the face of the mascot or figure on the logo. And that’s what today’s Lunchtime Quiz is all about. Some of the logos are current, some from the past, and [...]

Bruce Jenner, John Wayne and a Newborn Baby: 18 Curious Draft Picks

It’s a guarantee that in this year’s NFL Draft, a future Hall of Famer will be selected after someone who never plays a down in the league. What we can say with equal certainty (well, almost) is that no team will try to draft a newborn baby, select a Hollywood movie star, scout from the [...]

How the NCAA Made Robert Parish Disappear

It’s tough to question Hall of Fame center Robert Parish’s place in NBA history. He won three titles with the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 80s (and added a fourth as a backup with the 1997 Chicago Bulls), made nine All-Star games, and holds the league’s career record for games played with 1611. He must [...]

One Sweet Severance Package & Other Tales of the ABA

“The NBA was a symphony, it was scripted; the ABA was jazz.” —Ron Grinker Rival leagues were all the rage in North American sports in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but none has had as lasting an impact as the American Basketball Association. The ABA’s six-year war with the NBA resulted in a merger that [...]

The Origins of All 30 NBA Team Names

The Hornets were supposed to be the Spirit, while the Grizzlies were almost named the Mounties. Why is a team in Los Angeles nicknamed the Lakers, and what’s a team called the Jazz doing in Utah? As the NBA season tips off tonight, here’s the story behind the nicknames of all 30 teams. Atlanta Hawks In [...]