Steve Curry and the Golden State Warriors crossed the 75th in the NBAThe tenth Anniversary season by defeating the Boston Celtics, 4-2, in the Finals.
While the Larry O’Brien Trophy warriors are the defining image of this festive season, a particular silver, red, and blue basketball also made a lasting impression.
The dazzling NBA basketball has become the unofficial mascot of NBA 75. It seems you can’t go anywhere without seeing the shining ball with the blue and red NBA 75 diamond logo. Basketball fans loved it.
Do a search on Tik Tok, Instagram or Twitter and you will see celebrities, gamers, hardcore and casual fans posing with the ball. So, while this special season will be remembered by 75The tenth The Anniversary Team, the short film called NBA Lane and various uniforms released with the NBA Logman inside the diamond, stole the show’s dazzling basketball.
“It was diamond season in the NBA, so we took that diamond logo while making the ball,” said Ashley Atwell, Senior Director of Social Media for the National Basketball Association. “The idea arose because we had previously used the dazzle ball at the Awards Ceremony and had a really cool dazzle ball that one of our photographers came up with. This was a really good opportunity to bring this idea to life. So, once we saw the logo, we thought it would be cool to put it on a ball. He started That’s really because we needed a great idea for the NBA draft.”
In last July’s draft, all the recruits who were in Brooklyn took a pic with the ball. Slowly but surely, like the author on a book signing tour, the bejeweled ball started popping up all over the place.
Name your favorite actor/actress or musician and chances are they will have their fingerprints on the ball.
“Celebrities are cool,” Atwell said. “There are definitely moments where you’re like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe celebs have taken the ball.'” The first was at first when Kevin Hart posted on IG a picture of himself with the ball. I was like ‘Wow, that’s really big.’ He loved That’s enough to post on his Instagram. Then there was a picture of Reggie Miller and Spike Lee holding a ball together. And it’s a crazy picture. It’s really cool to see. That’s the point of the ball, to bring people together, to bring different generations together.”
When the ball began to gain popularity, the need to create many dazzling balls increased. Dazzling Ball has been featured in the G League Winter Showcase, NBA All-Star Weekend, Formula One Grand Prix, and of course, in NBA events and arenas across the country. There are about nine diamond balls currently spinning.
“Originally we only had two in case something happened to one of them,” Atwell said. “Then there was the NBA Lane shootout and we decided to bring the ball in there and take pictures with everyone who was there. We knew we could start bringing the ball to all the action. That’s when we realized we needed more balls. We had one in LA and one in LA. East Coast and then other people started asking for the ball.”
Which begs the question, what makes a great ball?
“It just took off,” Atwell said. “When we got to the draft and the players were catching the ball — they were definitely reacting to it. Then the NBA staff came in like, ‘Oh my God, I have to take a picture.’ That’s when we started to realize that this is a thing. When we introduced it to the games, I felt like I couldn’t believe how big it was. That’s it.Now my friends or people are hitting me up on Instagram, like can I get a picture of the ball?”I’m like what did you see the ball”?
The ball became the face of 75The tenth Anniversary, especially on social media. It’s a big part of the campaign. I don’t think I realized that would happen. I remember showing it at an internal meeting – when we were talking about the start of the season. It seemed kind of insignificant in the grand scheme of things. And then to get to the point – it’s one of the biggest moments we’ve had with fans. He helped us continue the campaign throughout the season. And bring these generations together – the fans and the players.”