We here at TBJ are not in the forgetting-shit business. So I’ve done some perusing of the site archives for a little memory-jogging, and I’ve come up with the list of what are, in my opinion, the 100 greatest occurrences of the NBA year that was — the best games, plays, quotes, commercials, trends, performances and overall moments from when the season tipped off at American Airlines Arena to when the Mavericks’ championship parade wrapped up at the American Airlines Center. Unsurprisingly, there’s a whole lot of Miami and Dallas throughout the list, as well as a good deal of Blake Griffin being awesome, the Memphis Grizzlies being crazy, and Chris Bosh … well, being Chris Bosh. Though some teams appear more than others, I tried to include at least one entry for every team, as all 30 were instrumental in making this season as incredible as it was.
So here we are, rolling out all 100 moments over the course of the week, with explanatory links and/or embedded videos in case you need a refresher on the whos, whats, wheres and by-how-muches. Of course, be sure let me know what I missed, as I’m sure the list of exclusions are many. It was that kind of season.
85. “Right now I’m drinking a beer and eating fried chicken. You were expecting a funeral?” — Yao Ming
84. DeMar DeRozan’s dunk over Tyrus Thomas
82. “ARRON AFFLALO … IS AN ASSASSIN!”
80. Drew Gooden off-backboard to himself (and then double-off-backboard to himself)
79. “I know his game. Keep him off the glass and hit him with some of the same moves, slow pump fakes and make him laugh and distract him.” — Brad Miller, ladies and gentlemen
78. Clippers 111, Heat 105, featuring the Blake Griffin staredown
77. Dwight Howard annihilates Jrue Holiday
76. The Chuck Wagon’s triple-double
75. The mid-season emergence of Tyler Hansbrough
74. “C’mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen … You’ve got to watch people’s legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job.” — Chris Bosh
72. Jon Brockman shows you how it’s done
71. Heat-Sixers, Game 4
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