NBA to present 75th Anniversary Team during 2021-22 season opening week

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Antigoni Zachari

13/Oct/21 13:03

Dirk Nowitzki, Magic Johnson are among the “NBA 75” anniversary season ambassadors, while the league will unveil the honorary Top 75 list of players in the opening week of the regular season

By Antigoni Zachari /

The NBA announced Tuesday a very special celebration to honor its 75th season, with an elite of players featured on the 75th Anniversary Team, which will be unveiled in the 2021-22 season-opening week, from October 19 through October 21.

On each of the three days, 25 members of the team will be announced, representing a cross-section of positions and eras from the NBA’s illustrious history. A distinguished panel of media members, current and former players, coaches, GMs, and team executives will have a say in the final selection.

The league picked Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Magic Johnson, Bob Pettit, and Oscar Robertson, as well as 14-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, as the ambassadors for the 2021-22 season as part of the “NBA 75,”. The ambassadors, all representing different eras of the league, will appear throughout the 75th Anniversary Season and they are expected to have a strong presence at the upcoming NBA All-Star 2022 in Cleveland.

Per the league’s announcement:

TNT will begin the unveiling of the 75th Anniversary Team on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. ET during an extended edition of “NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax” with the Sports Emmy Award-winning studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The 90-minute pregame show will air prior to the network’s opening-night doubleheader featuring the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks hosting the Brooklyn Nets (7:30 p.m. ET) and the Golden State Warriors visiting the Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET).

ESPN will take over the honors on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. ET when it announces 25 more members of the team during “NBA Today,” the network’s new daily 60-minute NBA show hosted by Malika Andrews, ahead of its season-opening doubleheader with the Boston Celtics facing the New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets taking on the defending Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns (10 p.m. ET).

The final 25 members of the team will be revealed on TNT’s “NBA Tip-Off presented by CarMax” on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. ET, in advance of the network’s presentation of the Dallas Mavericks vs. the Atlanta Hawks (7:30 p.m. ET) and the LA Clippers vs. the Warriors (10 p.m. ET).