Everything started in 1961 with the first attempt to develop basketball in Chicago where baseball and soccer were the favorite games. Unfortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful. The team that played the first season was called Chicago Packers (it was named in honor of the Chicago meat industry), and the second season was represented by Chicago Zephyrs (zephyrs is a kind of wind, also known as a harbinger of both sunny and rainy weather – it depends on the direction). In the summer of 1963, the team moved to the warm territories.
Being in Baltimore, the city with a rich military history, the club changed the name to Bullets. It was made in memory of the old team from the BAA league that played in the former weapons storehouse. In addition, Baltimore was once a kind of armory capital, where the ammunition for the US Army was manufactured. So the name was more than appropriate.
In 1969 the bullet from the team’s emblem was replaced by hands stretching to the ball. In 1973 it was time to go somewhere again. Thus, the team moved to the neighboring Washington, where it was first renamed to Capital Bullets, and only then to Washington Bullets.
Regardless of the team’s success, Washington’s residents, especially those who were far from basketball, couldn’t stop discussing the “problematic” name. According to the activists, it was one of the main reasons for the escalation of armed violence in the region. It should be noted that the District of Columbia has been holding a confident advantage in this indicator to this day.
In 1995, Aby, the owner of Bullets, announced changing the club’s name. He admitted discontent according to the fact that his team was essentially propagandizing the murder weapon, especially in Washington, the city with a high crime rate. After the murder of his longtime friend, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Pollin finally decided to say goodbye to the gunshot tradition. The competition for a new name was announced, where the “Wizard” became the winner. At first, African Americans were not satisfied at all (and they are the absolute majority of Washington residents), because Wizard is one of the highest titles in the Ku Klux Klan. Pollin, a man who is far from this organization, just chose the appropriate name that would be nice to children.
Washington Wizards logo history
As Pollin, the owner of the club decided that the former club’s name Bullets wasn’t suitable to the criminal capital of Washington, in 1997 it was renamed into the Washington Wizards. Accordingly, the emblem needed to be redesigned too. Since 1997 a wizard has been portrayed on the emblem of the Washington Wizards. It is easy to guess the letter “W”. The character held a ball in his hands. The logo was made in blue and orange colors.
In 2007, orange was replaced with golden color.
In 2011, the color scheme was redone again on purpose to completely match the color of the American flag. Now the Washington Wizards logo has become blue and red. The team also changed the second alternative logo, where a figure resembled a ball, painted in blue and red colors. In addition, there was a silver star.
In 2015, the leadership introduced the new version of the team logo to fans, made on the basis of the Washington Wizards alternative emblem (2011-2014). There was a basketball, stylized in such way that one of the seams turned into a famous granite obelisk resembling The Washington Monument.
At the same time, the branded Washington stripes appeared on the logo. There were three stars reflecting Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Anyway, the peculiarity of the new Washington Wizards logo is not in the appearance (there is nothing special, to say the truth, it’s one of the most boring designs in the league). The point is at the time of its launching. It’s rare, almost unique case: the team changed the logo right in the course of the season, exactly under the playoffs. In the basketball tradition, this is perhaps the first time of the replacement of the NBA logo not in the off-season.
Washington Wizards logo colors
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Hex Color: #E31837;
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