The year 2012 will go down as one to remember for the NBA.
The league's self-proclaimed king finally earned that nickname by winning his first championship, and then he headed to London to help Team USA defend its gold medal in basketball.
Meanwhile, the two franchises in Los Angeles spent all year dealing with the ripples of commissioner David Stern's vetoed Chris Paul trade in December 2011.
One year later, the Lakers and Clippers' records were enough to make any sane person think that the Mayans could have been right about that whole end-of-the-world prediction after all.
New faces of the league such as Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin emerged, while old veterans like Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan reminded us all what happens when you count out the Boston Celtics or San Antonio Spurs too early.
If you're going to remember anything about the NBA from 2012, these 10 things should top that list.