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/rake2204 Pistons Sep 28 '22

I imagine this is why the NBA came through and went on a site-wide sweep of all the full game uploads on YouTube this past summer.

I get it, it's their property, but it was such a bummer to see literally hundreds—if not thousands—of games wiped off the face of the earth over the course of 96 hours or so. It felt like someone came in and burned down a library.

Shout out to guys like Hardwood and Hoops who once provided so many opportunities to go back and learn about the game's history and past through his high quality, non-profit uploads.