Wednesday, November 30, 2005

2005-06 NBA Hardwood Classics

NEW YORK, December 1, 2005 – The NBA and its teams will celebrate the past with a series of retro games titled NBA Hardwood Classics Nights for the fifth consecutive season. As part of their celebration, 11 teams will honor their history by commemorating specific historical events and milestones, the history of basketball in their city, or legendary teams and players by wearing uniforms from each decade of the NBA’s history, as well as having special ceremonies, in-arena entertainment and promotions.

NBA Hardwood Classics Nights will tip-off December 4. There will be a total of 52 games scheduled; 16 of the 52 games will feature both teams wearing their HWCN uniforms; 16 of the 52 games will be televised on either ABC, ESPN, TNT or NBATV.

During the 2005-2006 regular NBA season, the following 11 teams will participate in NBA Hardwood Classic Nights:

New York Knicks - Road 1952-53. Debuts on 12/4 (NBATV)
Chicago Bulls - Chicago Stags Road 1946-47. Debuts on 12/5
Los Angeles Clippers - Road 1970-71. Debuts on 12/5
Seattle SuperSonics - Home 1967-68. Debuts on 12/6
Memphis Grizzlies - Road 1970-71. Debuts on 12/9
Phoenix Suns - Road 1975-76. Debuts on 12/9 (ESPN)
New Jersey Nets - Home 1975-76. Debuts on 12/10
Orlando Magic - Home 1989-90. Debuts on 12/10
Washington Wizards - Home 1971-72. Debuts on 12/10 (NBATV)
Miami Heat - Road 1971-72. Debuts on 12/11.
Houston Rockets Home 1993-95. Debuts on 2/22.

Last season’s Hardwood Classics Night highlights included the Philadelphia 76ers honoring the 50th Anniversary of its 1954-55 NBA Champion Syracuse Nationals and the Sacramento Kings celebrating 20 years in the city of Sacramento. Reebok is the exclusive supplier of the HWCN on-court merchandise providing the teams with uniforms, classic inspired warm-ups, shooting shirts, headbands and wristbands. Last season, fourteen teams hosted NBA Hardwood Classics Nights games.

(Much thanks to Jim M. from UMass for helping us find these pics. Also thanks for taking Steve Lappas off of Villanova's hands as I'm sure you thoroughly enjoyed that tenure).


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