Knicks Primary Logo
The New York Knicks have a long and storied history in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team has been around since 1946 when they were founded as part of the Basketball Association of America. Over their more than 70 years in existence, the Knicks have had several different primary logos to represent them.
The first logo used by the franchise was an orange basketball with "Knicks" written on it surrounded by a blue circle with white stars. This design was used from 1946-1962 until it was replaced with another orange basketball that featured two interlocking N's inside of it for "New York". This logo lasted from 1962-1967 before being changed again to what is known as one of their most iconic designs: an orange ball outlined in black sitting atop a white triangle shape which represented both Manhattan Island and Madison Square Garden where they play their home games at. This version lasted through 1992 when another redesign happened to feature three lines forming triangles along its sides representing Manhattan's skyline while also keeping its original color scheme intact; this iteration remained until 2012 when yet another update came out that included adding silver accents to make up for modern trends while still maintaining some elements from previous designs like its triangular base shape or use of colors such as blue & orange respectively throughout all versions so far mentioned here today.
Overall, over time we can see how much care has gone into creating each new logo design for the New York Knicks organization; whether it be drawing inspiration directly from past iterations or using current trends/styles popularized during certain periods - every change made has been done so carefully and thoughtfully which helps keep this beloved NBA team’s identity alive even after all these years!
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2024 - Present
A wordmark “KNICKS” in orange arched over an orange with blue trim basketball placed on a silver with blue trim triangle and “NEW YORK” arched above in blue.
Slightly tweaked the color of the orange lighter.
2012 - 2024
The black was eliminated from the color scheme, and the words “New York” was continued. One of the things we wanted to do was capture some of the feeling in New York, so we made the ‘Knicks’ font looking up. It’s as if you’re right by the Garden, looking up at the sky and seeing tall shapes. That was the inspiration, and we added black below the lettering. Now it’s silver. We also improved the basketball to make it more authentic to the actual ball.
1996 - 2011
The 1996 version of the “Classic Roundball Logo” has very slight changes to the colors. In addition, they added the wordmark “NEW YORK” in blue above the other wordmark.
1993 - 1995
Before the 1992 – 1993 season the Knicks updated their “Classic Roundball Logo” to its present form, with the wordmark “KNICKS” in a futuristic font, again superimposed over a orange basketball, with a silver triangle and a blue border accentuating the look. The “New Look” logo was designed by Tom O’Grady.
1990 - 1992
The “Classic Roundball Logo” has been modified with an orange basketball with blue outline. The superimposed wordmark “KNICKS” is in orange with blue border.
1984 - 1989
The Knicks made slight changes to the “Classic Roundball Logo” by again changing the basketball to brown with darker brown seams. The wordmark “KNICKS” changed back to orange with blue trim.
1980 - 1983
The “Classic Roundball Logo” changed in 1980 to a orange basketball with black seam and a blue outline. The wordmark “KNICKS” is now red on a white background with a blue trim.
1965 - 1979
The Knickerbockers would introduce an iconic logo that would endure for the next three decades. Designed by Bud Freeman, the wordmark “KNICKS” superimposed over a brown basketball is known as the “Classic Roundball Logo.”
1947 - 1964
The first logo of the New York Knickerbockers is of a character named “Father Knickerbocker” dribbling a orange basketball with black outline, in the iconic blue and orange colors. It was designed by New York World-Telegram cartoonist Willard Mullin.