NBA TV Spot: Greatest Ever?

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As the Golden State Warriors look to defend their 2017 NBA crown against the Cleveland Cavaliers, we look back to what some sports fans call the greatest TV commercial ever.

This spot originally ran on December 25, 2011 following a lockout of the players by the team owners when the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract. When labor peace was finally reached, the league played a truncated season: 66 games instead of the usual 82. The season began on Christmas Day with five nationally televised games.

The two-minute “NBA Forever” promotional clip that aired on TNT uses state-of-the-art editing to seamlessly pair teammates and opponents from different eras: LeBron James vs Dr J, “Magic” Johnson dishing off to his Laker “teammate” Kobe Bryant, and so on.

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