Rockets Primary Logo
The Denver Rockets were a professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1967 as part of the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Rockets played for nine seasons before joining the National Basketball Association (NBA) after its merger with the ABA. Throughout their time as an ABA and NBA franchise, they had several logos that represented their identity to fans and players alike.
The first logo used by the Denver Rockets was created when they joined the ABA in 1967 and featured a rocket ship flying through space with several stars surrounding it. This logo was used until 1974 when it was replaced by one featuring a more cartoon-like rocket ship design accompanied by two basketballs on either side of it along with “Denver” written above them all within an orange circle border. This design lasted until 1979 when another new logo debuted which included two rockets facing each other while shooting out flames from behind them both along with “Rockets” written at the top center inside of another orange circle border similar to that seen before but slightly larger this time around. The last primary logo change happened during their final season in 1982-83 where they went back to using just one single rocket set against a blue background instead of any sort of circles or borders like those seen previously throughout its history up till then.
In conclusion, over fifteen years since joining both leagues combined, the Denver rockets have gone through four different primary logos ranging from simple designs such as stars surrounded by circles all way up to complex ones such has to have multiple rockets shooting out flames behind them. No matter what though, these various logos still served the same purpose which is to represent the team's identity no matter how much style changed over the years.
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1972 - 1974
The final logo for the Rockets was a yellow and purple rocket dribbling a basketball over rocky mountains with a purple circle and a wordmark “DENVER ROCKETS” in purple.
1968 - 1971
This custom design of owner Bill Ringsby trucking company logo, used as the original Denver Rockets logo with a wordmark “ROCKETS” written across a orange basketball surrounded by a ring. In addition, a wordmark “DENVER” on top and “RINGSBY SYSTEM” on the bottom in black on a white background.