The NBA is preparing to announce its 75th anniversary team, the 75 greatest players in league history.
The festivities begin on Tuesday, October 19, on the opening night, when the first 25 players are announced, representing a cross-section of eras, positions and styles of play.
The TNT crew consisting of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith will start with a 90-minute special edition NBA tip-offbefore the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets hit the table, followed by the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers.
25 more names will be announced on ESPN on Wednesday October 20th NBA today before the network’s season-opening double game with the Boston Celtics against the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets against the Phoenix Suns.
The final 25 will be announced at TNT’s NBA Tip-Off on Thursday, October 21, before the Dallas Mavericks battle the Atlanta Hawks, followed by the LA Clippers versus the Warriors.
A “blue ribbon” panel made up of the media and current and former players, coaches, general managers and team managers selected the players.
“The 2021-22 season is going to be really special as we celebrate 75 years of NBA basketball,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We look forward to honoring the players and teams – past and present – who have inspired generations of fans around the world.”
The anniversary team, along with a 75th logo and diamond embellished jersey details, with new Classic Edition and City Edition jerseys for each team are just some of the ways the league is looking to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Bob Pettit, Oscar Robertson and 14-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki will serve as ambassadors throughout the season and attend the NBA All-Star 2022 weekend in Cleveland.
The NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary in the 1996-97 season when Kobe Bryant played his first year in the league and Michael Jordan won his fourth title.