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Emphasis on the History, Not the Moments
July 28, 2008
While this was a solid overview of NBA history, you should be advised that this is what it is, NBA 101. From the title, I was expecting more along the lines of great plays and clutch shots than how the league was formed and a sequential decade-by-decade saga. There are quite alot of great plays and unforgettable moments, but not nearly what was expected based on the title. While they were trying to be historical, though, I thought some notable oversights among players were Connie Hawkins, Dave Bing, and Bernard King. They mentioned Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe but did not show a clip of this amazing player. There also was no coverage of the All Star game or the Dream Team of 1992. Mention of some of the great announcers might also have been nice. On the plus side, the segments on the Celtics, on the Magic-Bird era, and the Rise and Rise of Air Jordan were well done. And there are a lot of great extra features, the best being an in-depth history of Game 5 of the 1976 finals between the Celtics and the Suns. The DVD brought back a lot of great memories and served as a solid introduction to basketball history for my son, but still was not the highlight-reel fest suggested by the title. I'd call it a nice lay-up but no slam dunk!!!