Have you ever wondered how your favorite NBA team
received its famous name? All NBA teams have an interesting story or a history
behind their names. Some of the names reflect the city's culture or history,
others came from previous owners and many were selected through "Name the Team"
For teams like Los Angeles and Utah, the names were not always a reflection
of the city. Even though Los Angeles has no lakes, the Laker name has been a
city treasure for almost 40 years. Before going to Los Angeles, the team
originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1948, team officials chose the name for
its direct relationship to the state's motto, "The Land of 10,000 Lakes." The
team name went unchanged after moving to Los Angeles in 1960.
Because Utah's team originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, it was called the
Jazz. In 1974, New Orleans club officials chose the name to represent the city
for its reputation as the "jazz capital of the world." The name stayed with the
team even after finding a new home in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1979.
The Chicago Bull's original owner, Richard Klein, named the team the Bulls.
He picked the name because a fighting bull is relentless, and never quits.
Klein, who founded the club in1966, believed these qualities were necessary for
a championship team and hoped his Chicago athletes would live up to the team
name. A belief that Bulls----winner of the six NBA championships have definitely
Miami chose the Heat from names such as the Sharks, Beaches, and Barracudas.
The name Magic was the winner for the Orlando team because the city's tourism
slogan is "Come to the Magic."
Tradition played a big part in naming the New York Knicks. Chosen by the
club's founder Ned Irish, the Knicks name was already important in New York's
history. The first organized team in baseball history was named the New York
Knickerbockers or the Knickerbockers Nine.
In 1967, the Indian Pacers selected their team name in a different way from
most other teams. Their decision was based on what they wanted to accomplish in
the NBA. Team officials chose the Pacers name because the organization wanted to
set the "pace" in professional basketball.
（改编自：《走进科学》北京外国语大学通讯员沈高超供稿 英语点津 Annabel 编辑）