50th Anniversary, 1996-1997 (Part 1) (Part 1) NBA in 50 Champions Jerseys (Part 1.). The NBA has celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1996-1997. Its aim was to highlight the rich history of the league , as well as its players and team that were the first to be famous. In contrast to the NFL and MLB with their young fan base acquainted with former stars from these leagues, the NBA had notoriously been bad when it came to promoting its historical and past legendary players. The NBA had enjoyed a boom in popularity during it's 1980s (Larry Bird & Magic Johnson) and the 1990s (Michael Jordan and the Bulls) But those recent stars have dominated stars of the past. learn more of the league was the future, growing as a company and not having looked back at its legacy in the 80s as well as the 1990s. In the middle of the 1990s children as me did not know who Bill Russell was, Jerry West or Oscar Robertson were, nor did they know much concerning the ABA.
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