The year 2012 is nearly over, and it has been a great year for basketball. LeBron James earned his first championship ring, Kobe Bryant scored his 30,000th point and the 2012-13 season thus far is proving to be just the beginning of another great NBA year.
In terms of the remainder of the calendar year, some phenomenal games have yet to be played. Christmas Day gives the fans a double-whammy of a gift in a rivalry game and an epic rematch, and I have no shame in saying that I'm incredibly excited for both.
The rest of the month also has some under-the-radar games for us to enjoy, from a sprouting player rivalry to a game between scrappy squads out to make a statement.
As your friendly neighborhood NBA writer, I can only tell you one thing. These remaining games in 2012 are required viewing, and not to be missed.