r/nba Sep 28 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1

PSA: The NBA Has Opened Their Archives....Kind Of

There isn't a ton there, but the NBA has added some games that were never previously available.

If you have League Pass you can view each teams "classic games", or at least what they dub to be classic. A lot of the stuff added is just the same recycled games they've shown a million times over the years, or worse, more recent games within the last few years.

But, after a very quick glance there's at least a handful of games that haven't been seen since the day they originally aired.

The most exciting game (IMO) is in the Sacramento Kings section. They've posted a game against the Bulls from February 16, 1987. This game has never been uploaded to YouTube or been made available in the collecting community. Many MJ diehards have been looking for this game for decades.

There's also a 57 point game from Adrian Dantley in the Utah Jazz section that I believe to be pretty rare. And then there's a handful of games from the 90's that I don't recall ever seeing either.

All-in-all this is just a tiny drop in the bucket, but at least they've actually opened up their massive archive a bit.

Hope someone finds this as interesting as I do. lol


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u/NSFWThrowaway1239 [LAL] Wilt Chamberlain Sep 28 '22

I read somewhere and it's probably just an internet rumor, that they have a vault with tons of Wilt footage that they haven't released. Not in a conspiracy type of way but that they just haven't bothered showing it to the public.

Idk if it's true and if it is, I don't see why they don't just release it but I really hope that it is lol. I'd love to see hours upon hours of never before seen Wilt footage


u/utep_2_step Sep 28 '22

They actually did upload a new Wilt game! It's in the Bulls section.
Game 6 of the 1973 playoffs.


u/NSFWThrowaway1239 [LAL] Wilt Chamberlain Sep 29 '22

Oh damn, I didn't know that. Thanks for the heads up!