2008 Basketball Classics
This slideshow is a collection of the greatest moments in basketball in 2008.
You will find everything from the NBA Finals, to the NCAA National Championships captured and frozen in time.
You will find yourself immersed in the work of some of the best photographers around capturing athletes at their most glorious moments.
This photo gallery is full of wonderful moments that have changed the lives of each one of the great athletes featured.
In this picture, for example, Kevin Garnett, a 13-year veteran, celebrates his first NBA title as the Boston Celtics defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 in the 2008 NBA Finals.
For many years he was an icon of the NBA, but was unable to reach the pinnacle of the sport due to a lack of supporting cast.
A Shot to Remember
Mario Chalmers, of the Kansas Jayhawks, takes a jumpshot over Derrick Rose, of the Memphis Tigers, during the 2008 NCAA Men's National Championship game in San Antonio, Texas.
Chalmers would go on to hit the game-tying three-pointer with three seconds left in the game. The Kansas Jayhawks would then go on to win the national title game 75-68 in overtime.
LeBron and Company Make a Splash
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to make it a tight series with the Boston Celtics holding them to a narrow 4-3 series win in the Conference Finals.
LeBron was able to keep many of the games really close with his heavy fourth quarter scoring spurts. He proved himself to be one of the best young players in the NBA.
NBA MVP Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers wasn't able to win the NBA title for his team despite bringing home the title of league MVP.
Kobe was the leading scorer in 2008, and ended his season by losing in the Finals to the Boston Celtics 4-2.
And the First Pick of the 2008 NBA Draft is...
Derrick Rose, a highly touted player out of the University of Memphis, is chosen as the first pick by the Chicago Bulls.
This came as his consolation for losing a heartbreaker in the NCAA National Championship game to the Kansas Jayhawks 75-68 in overtime.
Cinderella 2008: Davidson Wildcats
Stephen Curry of the Davidson Wildcats, took his team deep into the NCAA tournament in 2008 with his pure shooting, and absolutely astounding ball-handling abilities. They made a great run and almost made it into the Final Four.
Tar Heel Tops
Tyler Hansbrough became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the UNC Tar Heels by passing Phil Ford on December 18th, 2008 against the Evansville Purple Aces. He has earned his spot among the elite as this record stood for 30 years including the careers of Michael Jordan and Antawn Jamison.