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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Vintage Jordan Jersey

Vintage and Jordan seem weird to me when used in the same sentence since I grew up in the Jordan era. In any case I was ecstatic the other day when I came home to find a package for me in the mail. I immediately knew what it was as I felt the softness of the packaging. Tearing open the package and exposing the Chicago red, black and white brought back some astounding memories of the man I so followed in my youth. 

You would think that I would have a Michael Jordan jersey. I would think so to. But the thing is, I never did. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t own a variety of basketball jerseys growing up, because I did. It just means that I never received one as either a birthday present or Christmas gift. I did receive a variety of other flavors like that black and white Hardaway Magic jersey (remember lil’ penny), or that blue and red Hill Pistons jersey (wasn’t he supposed the next Jordan), and even that red and white Stackhouse Sixers jersey (no wait, he was supposed to be the next Jordan). In any case, I never had a Jordan jersey of my own.

By the time I was old enough to have my own job and potentially buy my own Jordan jersey he had already retired from the game of basketball. Just my luck. Two years later, to my chagrin, he returned to play for the Washington Wizards. Sporting a caricature of a little wizard man on my chest was not my style. So, Jordan was back playing ball. And I was still without a Jordan jersey. 

Flash forward to 2008. Something triggered my sudden desire to get myself a vintage red, black and white Jordan jersey. I’m not sure what it was, but that trigger was pushed. Being the tech maven that I am there was only one place to look to solve all of my Jordan jersey problems. eBay. Within minutes I found myself the perfect Jordan jersey from yesteryear. A  throwback jersey of my favorite basketball player of all time. 

Needless to say, I was quite excited when I opened that jersey containing package today. I proudly showed off the jersey to my sister and mom. They didn’t share in my enthusiasm but who cares, I was on cloud nine, as people say. I was in a state of blissful happiness. I was complete. And then a few minutes later, I was back on eBay hunting for his home jersey (White) and alternate road jersey #2 (Black).