Rusted on Canberra basketball fans will never forget the likes of Phil Smyth, Herb McEachin and even NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson turning out for their team.
For years they have yearned for the return of the Canberra Cannons - the team that brought three NBL championship banners to the rafters before folding in 2003.
Now, if only for a night, they have got their wish. The Cannons have been reloaded.
The Canberra Gunners will wear Cannons throwback jerseys when they meet the Sutherland Sharks in the Waratah League at Belconnen Basketball Stadium on Saturday.
It will evoke memories of the time Magic Johnson famously donned a Cannons jersey to play against the Michigan State Spartans.
Memories of the titles and the thrilling wins at a packed-out Palace.
Even today, Gunners player Nick Jackson gets the question.
"No one really knows us, people still ask 'when are the Cannons coming back?'," Jackson said.
"It means a lot for the team [to wear the Cannons jerseys]. When people think of basketball in Canberra they still think of the Cannons."
Now the Gunners want to make a statement of their own having joined the NSW Waratah League after the dissolution of the SEABL at the end of last year.
The change has been considered a step down, but it has made the Gunners more competitive and will hopefully help players see a pathway to the NBL.
They have struggled with consistency, losing four of their last five games in the league, but they have been solid in Canberra and will be aiming for their fourth consecutive home win when they take on the fifth-placed Sharks.
Jackson's father Anthony Cox played for the Canberra Cannons in the early 1980s when they were still a part of the NBL.
He wasn't born when his father was playing, but Wests junior Jackson remembers going to Cannons games when he was a kid.
"We've been improving a lot as the season progresses. Especially at home we're starting to pull it together, so it'll be nice to see a big crowd come down on Saturday," Jackson said.
Gunners coach Tony Plunkett has been a part of the Canberra basketball community for over 40 years.
He was a player for the Gunners in the 1980s before moving into coaching roles with Wests and the Gunners Academy teams.
He says most of his players only vaguely remember the Cannons era, none of them were alive when the team claimed back to back NBL Championships in 1983 and 1984.
"Its about remembering the days when basketball in the ACT was huge," Plunkett said.
"We are the highest level of basketball now in Canberra, so it's good to remind the boys about a time when the Canberra team played in front of crowds of 5000.
"The jerseys we'll be wearing are the style from around the early 2000s I think, a lot of people will recognise it."
The Gunners boast a side mostly made up of home-grown talent, the majority of the squad grew up in the capital.
Gunners star Darcy Malone recently returned to Canberra after a successful stint playing college basketball in the States before a stint with the Sydney Kings in the NBL.
The Waratah League is his pathway back to the top, and Plunkett says the blocking machine has been a vital member of the team in his bid to get there.