Seventy-five years after Toronto hosted the NBA’s first-ever game, the league celebrates its anniversary — and its Canadian roots.


Special Events

NBA Films For Fans created with OLG

On November 1, 1946, the NBA’s first-ever game was held at Maple Leaf Gardens, where the hometown Toronto Huskies played the New York Knickerbockers. Seventy-five years later, as part of its anniversary celebrations, the NBA honours its Canadian roots with NBA Films For Fans created with OLG.

Five short films from Canadian filmmakers and basketball fans Romeo Candido, Shawn Gerrard, Kathleen S. Jayme, Thyrone Tommy, and S.M. Turrell salute Canada’s history with the league — from the birth of our first franchises to a last-gasp Game 7 buzzer beater — as part of this can’t-miss Special Event.

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Playing as part of this programme:


Fri Sep 17

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2