NBA Championship T-Shirts From 1980-2010 + Great Finals Moments

The 2010 NBA Finals are well underway and I thought I would reflect back on the championships of yesteryear. And what better way to do that then to showoff the respective championship T-Shirts of yesteryear.

You’ll find a selection of NBA Championship tees from 1980 up until 2009 below. I’ve even got a spot waiting for the 2010 winners. It was quite interesting to see each decades take on the championship T-Shirt. My favorite decade (in terms of NBA championship tees are concerned) has got to be the 80’s. I love the simplicity of the designs. What can I say, I’m a throwback kind of guy. I even remember my uncles sporting that 1987 Lakers caricature shirt. Did I mention that the majority of the my immediate family members are Laker fans. I, on the other hand, grew up cheering for Michael Jordan and the Bulls. And to this day, until the Bulls get back to the NBA Finals, I will always cheer for the team representing the Eastern Conference.

I’ve also included NBA Finals video clips from each year. Be sure to check out the 1984 video (about 50 seconds in) featuring the Celtics celebration. The on court celebration was crazy, with one fan deciding to climb on top of the rim. You would probably get tasered if you tried that in this day and age.

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2010: Soon To Be Announced (T-Shirt Pending)

2009: Los Angeles Lakers (4-1 vs. Orlando Magic)


2008: Boston Celtics (4-2 vs. Los Angeles Lakers)


2007: San Antonio Spurs (4-0 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)


2006: Miami Heat (4-2 vs. Dallas Mavericks)


2005: San Antonio Spurs (4-3 vs. Detroit Pistons)


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