Daily Sports Smile: NBA celebrates 75th season with special anniversary commercial

FILE - The NBA logo in shown on a basketball court in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in this Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, file photo. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle says his new team has a "very high" vaccination rate but declined to give a specific number because of privacy concerns. He did say Monday during NBA media day that all members of the Indiana coaching staff are fully vaccinated. Carlisle is back in Indiana, where he coached from 2003 through 2007. Training camps open Tuesday and the pandemic will affect a third NBA season and already means some players will be missing on media day.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)
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The NBA is celebrating its 75th season in style. The league released a special commercial to honor some of the best players to ever grace the hardwood.

There were cameo appearances by LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Zion Williamson and Trae Young among others. Pro Basketball Hall of Famers were also present such as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell. 

Actor Michael B. Jordan narratives the memorable journey. He drives a group of young fans around “NBA Lane” while describing the top moments in league history.

The video connects different generations of NBA stars. It also honors late superstar Kobe Bryant with a touching mural as well. The mural highlights Bryant’s legacy and with the slogan “Be Legendary” adorned in bold letters.

Jordan mentions that “some things are bigger than basketball” to conclude the scene. There is also a slight moment of silence as Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker salutes the mural as a sign of respect.

Several NBA stars reacted to the video. James tweeted his gratitude to be apart of the anniversary video. Anthony and Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant also chimed in as well.

USA TODAY Sports released its top 75 NBA players of all-time this week. NBA reporters offered lists that featured a few surprises. The consensus had NBA legend Michael Jordan atop the list. Notables included Tim Duncan at 9th overall and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry at No. 15.

THE LIST: Ranking the greatest 75 NBA players of all time: Nos. 75-51

THE LIST: Ranking the greatest 75 NBA players of all time: Nos. 50-26

The NBA begins the 75th season on Oct. 19. The Nets will face the Milwaukee Bucks at 7:30 p.m. ET and the Warriors will play the Los Angeles Lakers at 10:00 p.m. ET.

TNT will broadcast both games to begin the season.