The NBA at 75: Looking Back on Some of the League's Landmark Moments

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Earlier this year, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) celebrated its 25th anniversary. Coincidentally, the 2021-22 season also marks a monumental milestone for the WNBA’s counterpart, the men’s National Basketball Association (NBA). This year, the NBA — which was first known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) back in 1946 — turns 75, hence the diamond jubilee-inspired logo.

To further commemorate the occasion, Nike has launched a line of new uniforms, while the league itself will be putting on special games throughout the season and revealing an “anniversary team” that highlights the 75 greatest players in NBA history. Here, we’re marking the league’s 75th year by taking a look back at the NBA’s origins as well as some of the standout moments we’ll never forget.