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WATCH: NBA celebrates 75th year with star-studded short film

JR Isaga
WATCH: NBA celebrates 75th year with star-studded short film

STAR POWER. The NBA gathers icons like (from left) Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Bill Russell, and LeBron James for its anniversary film.


The 'NBA Lane' features past and present superstars who made the league famous worldwide

An illustrious group of basketball’s greatest stars, past, present, and future alike, flexed their acting chops in NBA Lane, a short film made in celebration of the league’s historic 75th year.

The three-minute long presentation is led by Creed and Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan, who is in the film as a bus driver narrating to kids about the history of the NBA, and the legends who made it famous worldwide.

Although the video noticeably did not feature the NBA’s own Michael Jordan, widely regarded as the greatest of all time, the league did make sure to prominently honor the heir apparent to “His Airness,” the late, great Kobe Bryant.

Other present and future legends who got featured were all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, pioneer international superstar Dirk Nowitzki, and two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant, who were this year’s NBA 2K22 cover athletes for the 75th year edition.

Longtime rivals and great friends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were also featured alongside new-age legends like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who were described as “kings who’ll give it all back to the next generation.”

Sure enough, the representatives for the next generation were all front and center as well, with appearances from Zion Williamson, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, LaMelo Ball, Zach LaVine, Trae Young, and Donovan Mitchell scattered throughout the video.

The video is nicely wrapped up with an outro from 11-time champion and two-time Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who says “The game just keeps getting greater.”

Although some notable icons were absent from the video like Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, and Allen Iverson, some of them were honored in portraits or murals featuring late icons like Bryant, Drazen Petrovic, and Wilt Chamberlain. –