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Animator Richard Swarbrick creates visually stunning promo for NBA Finals (video)


Sometimes, ESPN gets things right. This is one of those occasions. The network enlisted the services of London-based animator Richard Swarbrick to create an animated montage that highlighted some of the greatest moments in NBA Finals history (and some footage of LeBron James and Tim Duncan thrown in for good measure) for broadcast partner ABC’s coverage of the match-up between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs that begins on Thursday. And the results are flat-out fantastic.

The piece of animation’s description, via YouTube:

London-based animator Richard Swarbrick created a unique animation celebrating the best moments in NBA Finals history through art and music. He painted great plays from Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan, Julius Erving, LeBron James, and many others, immortalizing them as art, set against Mint Julep’s triumphant “Save Your Season.”

And the video:

Stunning. I am certainly no great mind as it pertains to making significant — or even non-moronic — observations on art, but I know what I like. And I like that. You know, because it’s neat to watch and stuff. Although instead of the soundtrack music from Mint Julep, they should have went with John Tesh’s classic NBA theme from the league’s days on NBC, “Roundball Rock.”

Yeah, there were probably rights issues or something.

(to view more of Swarbrick’s breathtaking work, check out his website)

[H/T Ball Don’t Lie]