Kate Ward
December 26, 2011 AT 10:00 PM EST

Unlike many of you, I didn’t catch the NBA’s return on Christmas Day yesterday. But I wish I had after perusing Facebook today. Many of my friends posted the stirring video montage (embedded after the jump) on TNT that opened the season after a five-month lockout. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, and Dirk Nowitzki on the court, but even longer since we’ve laid eyes on Charles Barkley, Bill Walton, and Larry Bird with the ball. Thanks to some nifty video tricks, TNT offered us footage of all these greats — and more from the past and present — playing alongside one another. Nice to see that whatever strife happens behind the scenes, on the court the NBA still offers plenty of stars and stories worth following. Whether or not you enjoy basketball, you have to admit: This is good TV.

Video after the jump.

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