The original New York Nets logo in 1969 tried to be a "net" looking logo, however, it came across like a western ho-down logo. The final Nets logo did it right, adding the red, white and blue basketball and still keeping the original logo placed in the center of basketball changed the whole look and feel of the logo.
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1973 - 1977
In 1972, the Nets opted to continue the previous logo with a red, white and blue basketball, much like the one the ABA used during games. They did retain the previous main logo, blue wordmark “nets” against a red block “NY.”
1969 - 1972
After moving to Long Island, N.Y., the team first became known as the “New York Nets.” Dropping the shield, but keeping the colors, the logo is known to feature a wordmark “nets” against a block-lettered red “NY” backdrop, and featuring a generic player alongside it in the color black.