Fast Co. dug up some of the early sketches done by Michael Doret for the NBA/New York Knicks. The task back then was to create a logo for NY’s basketball team that would incorporate one of the iconic symbols of the city. After the Empire State Building was chosen as that defining symbol, Doret went to work making various sketches and concepts. What he presented to the NBA was close to what we know today as the Knicks logo except for one major difference — Doret’s logo had the Empire State Building in it. For whatever reason, the NBA ultimately went with a logo without the ESB.

Shown inside are some of those logos. Pretty fascinating piece of sports history.