The 10 Greatest NBA Commercials of All Time
The masterminds of basketball commercials are truly talented at what they do.
They not only invent ways to get the average couch potato into the sport of basketball, but also create an overwhelming atmosphere for the typical basketball fan.
The proper setting, right music, strong theme, and characters (just to name a few) are all necessary for a memorable commercial.
The element of design and creativity help make a commercial different from the rest. Here are my top ten greatest basketball commercials of all time.
Shall we begin?
10 - Nike's Mr. Robinson Commercials
The '90s; birthplace of the television hit "Baywatch" and the launch pad of satellite phones, but more importantly, the home of Nike's "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood."
As we all remember, the '90s produced some of the greatest centers to ever play the game and who better to star in a '90s basketball commercial than the accomplished David Robinson.
The Admiral was a good mix of intelligence and humour, which eventually established one of many Nike's storied commercials.
9 - Nike's Hyperize Music Video
The Nike commercial gods are alive and in full effect.
Nike's brillant combo of Ice-O, Velvet Hoop, Chief Blocka, and Fog Raw hit the jackpot with their smash hit "Don't Criticize." This insanely catchy tune has quickly become a household song for all to enjoy.
The vibe is tight, the music is dope, and love of the game is not shy.
8 - David Blaine's
For a sport, who knew that basketball had so many secrets?
David Blaine's "Unbelievable" commercials expose the tricks and secrets of the NBA. If you actually think that Yao Ming is 7'6" or that Steve Nash is a blessed playmaker, think again.
David Blaine not only spills the beans, but creatively distributes the them to the oblivious basketball junkie.
7 - LeBron and Kobe Puppets
Step aside Kermit, LeBron and Kobe are here.
Based on real NBA events, these humorous puppet commercials show what life would be like if the King and the Black Mamba lived together.
When Lil Dez isn't nagging them, LeBron and Kobe share their talents with one another and, on a regular basis, try to prove that they are the better player.
A household consisting of Kobe and LeBron is anything but normal.
6 - NBA Playoffs
Playoff time is identical to Christmas.
The electricity in the air is deadly, and fans are either sticking with their teams or hopping wagons.
And what better commercial than the 2008 installments of "There Can Only Be One" to help get fans in the spirit? The commercial expresses the reality of playoff basketball while spliting the screen in two to show only one half of a player's face.
Mix and match with any player's face, the result is still amazing.
5 - Converse Weapons Commercial
Combat time, get your weapons.
Regardless of the shoe, debate is always open to decide which weapon is better. When Larry Bird and Earvin Johnson were brought into promoting their Converse weapons, commercials were blazing on the scene during the eighties.
As time would tell, players including Isiah Thomas, Kevin McHale, Bernard King, Mark Aguirre joined with their weapons and the battle begun.
4 - Where Amazing Happens
Where [insert here] happens.
Anything can be said. The NBA has thought of tons of inserts to fill in the space, and all of their creations seem to fit better than Cinderella and her glass slipper.
No matter what the season, this commercial always seems to get you in that "playoff game seven" mood.
3 - Nike Basketball Commercial
Featuring many NBA talents such as Vince Carter and Jason Williams, this Nike commercial stormed the scene in the late nineties.
The beat of the ball and the squeaks of the shoes brought the whole commercial together. Many of the tricks performed were examined and practiced by fans around the world.
Squeak, squeak, squeak.
Bounce, bounce, bounce.
Dribble, dribble, dribble.
2 - Michael Jordan and Mars Blackmon Segments
Could it be the shoes?
Its got to be the shoes!
1 - Become Legendary Commercials
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career.
I've lost almost 300 games.
Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot, and missed.
I've failed over, and over, and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."