Clippers Primary Logo
The San Diego Clippers' primary logo has a long and storied history. The original logo was designed in 1978 when the team first moved from Buffalo to California. It featured an orange basketball with blue and white stripes, along with the words “Clippers” written across it in red lettering. This design remained unchanged until 1984, when the colors were changed to navy blue, light blue, and white as part of a re-branding effort by then-owner Donald Sterling.
In 2010, after decades of mismanagement under Sterling's ownership that saw multiple changes to their logos over time (including one featuring an abstract sailboat), new owner Steve Ballmer decided it was time for another change - this time back towards their roots: they unveiled a new logo featuring two crossed swords beneath an American flag motif inside of which resided that same classic orange basketball from 1978!
The current San Diego Clippers primary logo is thus very much inspired by its past while also being modernized for today's fans; this makes it both recognizable and fresh at the same time! It serves as a testament not just to how far this franchise has come but also to how resilient they have been throughout all these years despite numerous highs & lows along their journey – no matter what happens on or off the court going forward there will always be those two crossed swords proudly representing them every step of the way!
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1983 - 1984
In 1983, the Clippers unveiled a breezy royal blue wordmark “SAN DIEGO CLIPPERS” superimposed over a red-seamed basketball, the logo they’ve essentially had as their primary logo for the past 28 years.
1979 - 1982
For their first few seasons in San Diego, the Clippers sported a abstract motif of three large white masts on a blue circle with an orange sun over the wordmark “SAN DIEGO” in blue and “Clippers” in red.