NBA Top 10 Moments of The 2012 Season: Christmas Edition

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Top 10 Moments Of The 2012 NBA Season: Christmas Edition

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The NBA is about to enter the 2013 part of it's season, and already there have been some great story lines.

Who would have thought that the Memphis Grizzlies and the New York Knicks would be this good, honestly?

New York had the talent it was just the question of if they could they finally put it together? Well, they have and they look to be a powerhouse team out in the Eastern Conference.

For Memphis, they are really a team on the rise out in the Western Conference. Who would have thought that they would be one of the best teams in the NBA, not just out West?

How about the Dallas Mavericks? They have been playing without their superstar, Dirk Nowitzki this entire first two months of the season. Currently they are struggling and standing below .500. However, once Nowitzki returns maybe 2013 will be a blessing for the Mavs.

Then you have the power in Hollywood switching locker rooms. The Los Angeles Lakers are having trouble winning, while the Los Angeles Clippers are the team in L.A. that looks like they are a new powerhouse out there.

What about the new Brooklyn Nets team? They seem to be on a a role after starting the season 11-4. That is not the case now. They are just a game above .500 and it seems like that they are turning back into the same old Nets team that everybody has seen in the past.

With 2012 almost over and 2013 creeping around the corner it is time to look at what has been interesting, thus far. Here are the top 10 moments in these first few months of the NBA season.

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#10 LeBron James Getting His First Ring

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The 2012-13 season kicked off with the Miami Heat raising their second NBA Championship banner in their club history. This was Dwyane Wade's second championship ring in five years.

However, that was not the main focus that night. This was the night that the “King” got his first ring.

After years and years of criticism LeBron James received his first ring. It may not have been one of the biggest moment in this early NBA season, but it was a milestone in the history of the league.

His Heat are playing excellent basketball right now and fans everywhere will need to brace themselves. There will be many more LeBron James ring ceremony for seasons to come.

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#9 New Orleans Pelicans?

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“Now your starting line-up for your New Orleans Pelicans!” Or “New Orleans Mosquitoes”.

Ever since Tom Benson bought the New Orleans Hornets, April of 2012, talk was spreading about them changing their franchise's name. Many names came to the table, but one seems like it is going to be the new name.

Pelican is the most likely choice to be the new name for the New Orleans franchise. However, there are four others that they have officially trademarked. They are: Mosquitoes, Rougarou, Swamp Dogs and Bullsharks.

Now out of the five which sounds better?

After saying those out loud it seems like Pelican is the one that sounds better. That means next year the Hornets will be no more and the Pelicans will be on the rise in the NBA.

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#8 San Antonio Spurs Fined For Resting

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The San Antonio Spurs thought it may be a good idea to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green late November. They rested the four during a road game against Miami.

Well, the Commissioner of the NBA did not think it was a good idea. The NBA fined the Spurs a quarter of a million dollars for resting their players.

Controversy started to stir up about what is the NBA really about? Winning or money?

Coach Greg Popovich was doing what he has been doing in the past by resting his star players. He does that to preserve them for later in the season and more. Just because it was a game against James and Miami the commissioner did not like it because it hurt the “product.”

I am sure that this will not be the only time the Spurs will rest their guys, but he may spread it out by resting one instead of four at a time. Even if that happens, the NBA will most likely will fine the team again.

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#7 James Harden Traded

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Before the season started the NBA world was shocked. The Oklahoma City Thunder traded away their Sixth Man Of The Year, James Harden, to the Houston Rockets.

It seems to work out for both teams. Right now the Thunder look like they are on the path to another Finals appearance with being the first team to reach the 20 win mark.

For the Rockets it seems like they found a guy that they can build around. Harden is averaging 25.4 points, 4.5 rebound and 5.3 assists per game.

They have the potential to eventually be the team they were during the mid-90's when they won back-to-back NBA Championships. The Rockets may need one more key piece for them to compete in the post-season, but they are not far off. They could be a front runner to land Dwight Howard.

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#6 Kobe Bryant Hits A Milestone

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December 5th Kobe Bryant hit a career milestone. He became the fifth person score 30,000 points in a career in NBA History.

There is no doubt that Bryant is one of the best players to ever step on a basketball court. He only needs a little over 8,000 more points to become the all time with the most points scored.

He may not get there, but he could get by a few of the all time greats. He is only about 2,000 points away to go pass the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan.

If he passes them or not he will always be in the discussion in “who is the best player of all time?”

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#5 New York Starting The Season Undefeated

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The Knicks are, right now, one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Who would of thought that the Knicks could be a threat in the NBA?

Well, they are. They are the only team this year to start the season 6-0.

It looks like that the Knicks could threaten the Heat for the conference title. The one person who can make that happen is Carmelo Anthony.

He is finally playing like an MVP. He is averaging 28 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. If Anthony can keep up his game throughout this season then look out, Miami. The Knicks are coming

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#4 Mike Brown Fired After 1-4 Start

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Mike Brown was brought in to take over for Phil Jackson in 2011. Last year the Lakers finish 41-25 in a shorten 66 game season (due to lockout).

This year, Brown was not given a chance. The Lakers brought in both Howard and Steve Nash to go along with Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace.

They go 0-8 in the pre-season and then started the season 1-4. After that start the Lakers decide to let Brown go.

I know that Brown was not the right selection last year, but firing the guy only five games into the season was crazy. However, who they hired was another shock to the basketball world.

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#3 Lakers Hire Mike D'Antoni

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After firing Brown the Lakers were in need of a new coach. Rumors instantly spread about Phil Jackson becoming the next head coach for the team.

Well, that was not that case. The Lakers instead hired Mike D'Antoni. Instead of hiring a guy who has 11 championship rings as a coach they hired a guy who has zero rings.

It has not worked all that well for them, thus far. The Lakers are still below .500 and if the post-season started now they would be in 12th place in the West.

With all the stars that the Lakers have I still have faith that they will turn it around. However, hiring D'Antoni instead of Jackson may come back to haunt them.

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#2 Change Of Power Out West

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Could you picture the Golden State Warriors, Grizzlies or Clippers in winning a NBA Championship? How about the Minnesota Timberwolves? It's possible.

The NBA world is in the middle of a power shift. The Western Conference has always been about the Lakers, the Spurs and the Mavs.

It looks like now that the power is shifting to the Thunder, Clippers, Grizzlies and the Warriors. All those teams are championship contenders. Those teams look like they will be around the top for the many years to come.

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#1 David Stern Announces Retirement

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Stern announced his retirement right before the season started. He announced that on February 1, 2014 he will step down as commissioner of the NBA. Adam Silver will take over as his successor.

Like him or hate him, Stern has done a great job to bring the NBA to the 21st century. He has brought the league to a global market. Everywhere in the world they know what the NBA is about. He will be the main reason for the NBA to have a team in Europe within the decade. He has also brought a league that had 23 teams to 30 teams.

On the negative side he has been part of four NBA lockouts with two of them actually going through the regular season. The 1998-99 season was shorten to 50 games and the 2011-12 season was shorten to 66 games, due to the lockouts.

Good or bad, Stern has brought up a league from something in his almost 30 year as the commissioner.