The NBA's YouTube channel has reached over one billion views since it joined the video-sharing service back in 2005, compiling thousands of clips that are free to watch at any time from almost any place, visually chronicling the history of the league in the past decade.
How has this all been possible? Well, quite frankly, David Stern is a genius.
Rather than having a team of Internet ninjas roaming around ripping down any and all videos of their copyrighted content like I'm assuming the MLB does, Stern completely embraced the Internet revolution, creating a huge interest in the league worldwide.
Just think about it. If you want to see what's happening in a certain game, you can certainly follow along with one of a handful of apps, plus by halftime, you can go and see the highlights from the first half already posted on YouTube.
It creates interest, and it keeps people coming back to see what their favorite player did the night before if they didn't have a chance to catch it live.
What makes it all even better is that NBA.com's video player is so unequivocally terrible that if I were to have to constantly go there for highlights I might end up putting a fist through my computer screen.
So, in honor of Stern's brilliance (which is possible folks, don't get completely down on the guy), it only seems right to roll out a dedication to the past decade of professional basketball through YouTube with the best clips floating around.
Sure, we'll disagree on a few, and I'll forget a few, so let's all be friends and have a blast through the comments by laying down whatever I might have left out.