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What the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks Were Almost Called

The NBA Finals are set, with Dallas heading to Miami for Game 1 on Tuesday. We can’t tell you who’s going to win, but thanks to an article Scott Allen wrote for us a couple seasons ago, we can tell you what both teams were nearly named: Dallas Mavericks A Dallas radio station sponsored a name-the-team contest [...]

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 [...]