The NBA marketing machine has become a behemoth in the television world, making some of the most thrilling and enjoyable commercials of the past decade.
Of course, the fact that they get to work with some very charismatic players certainly helps, and it shows in most of the commercials companies make starring NBA players.
What we get are consistently good commercials, but a sort of longing for the past. The '80s and '90s were littered with good commercials, but they were also dotted with quite a bit more pimples and blemishes.
Everyone always got a kick out of seeing Larry Johnson in drag as Grandmama, but there were also commercials that would make you cringe every time they came on. They were gleefully terrible.
The fact is that they were different times. The league was in its infancy in terms of popularity, and companies would just grab anybody with a slightly recognizable face and put them on television, usually with disastrous results.
An endless display of bad acting, horrible commercial ideas, bad background music and just awkward commercials in general are the history the NBA has made for itself on television, and lucky for us it's all documented on the Internet.
Warning: the '90s was a colorful decade. If you're easily upset by pastel colors and terrible acting, proceed with caution.