THE NBA IS BACK! We’re stoked. Finally. The Owners and the Players figured out how to add and subtract and now those who really matter (us, the fans!) get our beloved product back out into the marketplace. And one thing that creates such appeal to this sport? The RIVALRIES.
To many, the best rivalry of all time was in the 1980′s. The Country was divided. Families were divided. This rivalry wasn’t just about the players, either. It was about style. The flashiness and coolness of the Showtime Lakers versus the Fundamentally Sound, less for show and more straight to business Boston Celtics. And you really had to pick one. It wasn’t like the rivalries of today (Red Sox vs Yankees) where it is completely OK to hate both teams. You were either one or the other. Your choice wasn’t even necessarily who you preferred on the court. It was more about your lifestyle. That rivalry was pretty dead in the 90′s but was somewhat rekindled back in 2008 when the Celtics stomped all over the Lakers. Unfortunately, The Ave had yet to be opened. When we did open, in the Spring of 2010, it was in the midst of an intense NBA Playoffs. The Lakers and Celtics would ultimately face each other again.
And when that happened, we made our first banger. One that even Rick Fox himself would come to appreciate. The classic “Boston Sucks” shirt, which we sold over 500 of (Hey, not bad for a 450 Square ft store that just opened):
In all reality, Boston didn’t actually suck, it ended up being a pretty intense 7 games series which the Lakers ended up winning, bringing home the Title 2 years in a row.
All of this made us think, wonder, and reminisce on our old T-shirts we had from back in the day. Our neighbor, Sean, the Owner of Bike Curious Rentals, is a die hard Boston fan. So as we thought of a “Throwback 80′s meets Today’s styles” shirt, we couldn’t leave Boston out. And since we don’t have the rights to use official NBA Logos (The Boston Sucks shirt was massively altered), this is what we came up with.
A tribute to the starting lineups of the best Lakers and Celtics teams of the 1980′s, in their respective colors. These can be purchased by clicking the photos, which will take you to our online store.
NOTE: We did not leave Michael Jordan out of this intentionally. It’s just that his and The Bulls rivalry with the Pistons was pretty one sided. Jordan pretty much ran over everyone. But if you wanna get a custom Bulls shirt made, hit us up.