I’m a little surprised that the Internet hasn’t caught on to this one yet. I tried Googling the phrase “Random House Denver Nuggets” because as a kid I always associated their logos with one another, and frequently got them confused. Now that I see nobody else has made the connection, I feel even dumber for confusing one of the largest publishing companies in the world with a Colorado-based NBA team when I was five or six. Was I that far off?
Here is the Random House Home Video logo that I frequently saw as a child. I think it was the company that produced the Sesame Street VHS tapes, but I could be wrong.
Now, here is the Denver Nuggets’ logo that was used from 1982 to 1993, according to Wikipedia. I started watching NBA games a few years later (the first game I can remember watching start to finish was the night the Celtics retired Robert Parish’s 00 to the rafters of the Fleet Center, while Larry Bird was coaching the opposing Indiana Pacers), but I had a bunch of basketball cards printed in 1988 and 1989 when I was a kid, so I was familiar with the logo.
Here’s Dikembe Mutombo wearing the retro Nuggets jersey. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of him in that uniform doing his iconic finger wag. I guess beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to searching for images on Google. This is a great uniform that I would love to see make a comeback. Denver’s current color scheme is okay, I guess, but this is much more memorable.
As long as I can remember, I’ve referred to that retro Nuggets logo in my head as the “Random House Nuggets” logo, but apparently I’m the only one. Can we make this a thing? Just a thought.