British artist and filmmaker Richard Swarbrick was recently commissioned to create a new promo for the NBA Finals. The result is a colorful recapturing of legendary Finals moments featuring Willis Reed, Jerry West, Dr. J, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe and Shaq, and one reoccurring figure wearing number 23 for the Chicago Bulls.
Also in the reel are Tim Duncan and Lebron James, who square off against one another as the San Antonio Spurs take on the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight at 9 p.m. The two faced each other in 2007, when Duncan’s Spurs swept James’s then Cleveland Cavaliers.
Swarbrick has animated athletes in the past, looking at soccer, cricket, and even basketball with a 2011 Luol Deng video. (Deng’s Bulls were knocked out this year by the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.)