Let the Roots Guide You Through NBA History With Their Basketball Musical ‘The Evolution of Greatness’

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The National Basketball Association might be biased, but they’re pretty into professional basketball. Which explains why the annual NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night started with a full original musical dedicated to the league’s history, written by the Roots: “The Evolution of Greatness.” Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Michael B. Jordan, Jidenna, and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels all played a part in the seven-minute spectacle that covered the league’s simple, record-making beginnings to the flashy super-star-wearing-short-shorts days to the current “era of the bosses.” Though the Roots declined to name any one era the greatest of them all, that was them just being polite: Clearly the ’90s, when Michael Jordan saved a cartoon society from evil hoops-playing aliens, was the most important.

Watch the Roots’ Basketball Musical From NBA All-Star Game