This past year, the NBA produced plenty of moments that we'll remember for the rest of our lives. Split-second highlights, landscape-altering personnel moves and affirmations of greatness will reverberate throughout the annals of history, and all of them will have "2012" tacked on next to them.
We couldn't have asked for much more to be packed into the surprisingly short span that was the 366 days of 2012.
So, which stand out because of their importance? Which ones will change basketball in the future?
Highlights, memorable games and shocking moments are important because they're memorable, not because they're inherently important. These types might find themselves featured in the next 50 slides, but it's more important to me when something changes the game.
When a moment alters the landscape of the Association, the history of this wonderful game, the way its played or even the way we think about basketball, then it is truly important.