Blogtable: Favorite memory of 2014-15?

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> Looking back: What was your favorite moment from the 2014-15 regular season?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comGreat players doing great things is, uh, great. But I most vividly recall a Cinderella afternoon in January when Miami’s Hassan Whiteside hung a rare points-rebounds-blocks triple-double on the Bulls in Chicago. An NBA D-League refugee who’d bounced through Lebanon and China before opening 2014-15 playing pickup at the YMCA in Charlotte, Whiteside, 25, became the sort of story we don’t get much anymore in a league where everything and everybody is thoroughly scouted, analyzed and plumbed for value. The 7-footer wound up starting 32 games for the Heat, averaging 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. But as he went for 14-13-12 in less than 25 minutes off Miami’s bench, he seemed as incredulous as us onlookers. “I told my teammates, man, you won’t believe how things work out in life,” Whiteside said. “[I was] at the downtown Y, just chillin’. Workin’ on my game. I couldn’t even get a team to pick up the phone.”

Fran Blinebury, NBA.comMore than one moment, it was 10 magical minutes on Jan. 23. Klay Thompson breaking the NBA record with 37 points in a magnificent third quarter against the Kings. For anybody who has ever shot a ball at a hoop anywhere on the planet, it was the stuff that dreams are made of.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comI’ll go way outside the box: The retirement of Steve Nash. When the obvious happened and Nash made his exit official, the outpouring of appreciation was a special thing. Players, coaches, executives, league brass and the media offered the kind of words that drove home the level of respect he commanded. It reminded everyone, or at least should have, that this was a unique talent and person. Nash didn’t get to go out on his terms, which is disappointing because he earned that opportunity. But when he did retire, he exit was surrounded in appreciation, not sadness.

Shaun Powell, NBA.com: I’ll give you my runner-up first: When Russell Westbrook, just days after getting a golf ball-sized crater in his face, put on a mask and dropped a 49-16-10 triple double. Yeah it was against the Sixers, but it counts anyway. My choice, though, is when Craig Sager returned from cancer, a moment even more poignant considering his relapse. Godspeed to him.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: Seeing Marc and Pau Gasol jump center against each other in the All-Star Game was pretty cool. To have two brothers from another country at the top of this league is a pretty amazing story and the best example of how far the game of basketball has come since the Dream Team ran through Barcelona in 1992. It doesn’t matter where you’re from. If you can play ball, you can play ball.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: Tough question when you have a list that could go a few pages, what with a wicked MVP race raging on all season and the unbelievable runs made by the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and, most recently, the San Antonio Spurs. But for sheer enjoyment, the day the best from the East (Hawks) and West (Warriors) hooked up at Philips Arena on a Friday a week before All-Star Weekend was my favorite day of regular season basketball in years. From both teams embracing the magnitude of the moment at shootaround early that morning to the entertaining-from-start-to-finish 124-116 win the Hawks earned that night, it was a day that began and ended with a big time feel, perhaps even a preview of what we could see in The Finals between two teams with fan bases starving for a spot on that ultimate stage.

Ian Thomsen, NBA.comKyrie Irving’s 57points in Cleveland’s 128-125 OT win at San Antonio last month was the best showing of the year. We’ll be referring back to that spectacular night if those teams reunite in June.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blogCan I go with a video clip? How about this moment:

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This happened in January, just as the Hawks were beginning their historic undefeated month. If there was any question that this collection of players was a team that not only believed in each other but was also terrific on the court, this play answered it for me. (Also, shoutout to Mike Muscala with the “stoic googles” celebration.)

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14 Comments

  1. tas06 says:

    Anthony Davis’ Gamewinner over KD and the Thunder… The playoff hunt for the 8th spot in a tough western conference ultimately came down to this moment…

  2. Todd says:

    Kris Middleton buzzer beater over the heat. That was absolutely insane.

  3. Oldhawk says:

    My favorite moment is when four Hawks were selected to play in the All Star game or when five Hawks were named players of the week . GO HAWKS!!!

  4. aa says:

    I gotta say Nash officially retiring, What a great player, shame he didnt get the championship he deserved, gonna miss the good old pheonix suns with nash and amare.

  5. kykachi says:

    Obscure ones, but Khris Middleton buzzer beater and Kevin Garnett coming back to Minnesota

  6. kykachi says:

    Obscure, but the Khris Middleton Buzzer-Beater and Kevin Garnett coming back to Minnesota

  7. Jarbox says:

    Jon its hard to say who your going for,because like you stated Rockets had injuries.Harden wasn’t there for only game.He scored 34(with Howard),12(with Howard),22(without Howard),and 33(without Howard and Beverly).I’ll ask this question,where would GSW be without Curry and what would HOU be without Harden.I’ll tell you GSW would be around 6-8th seed and HOU would just a team full of missed free throws and a injured star,hoping for a good pick.

  8. harriethehawk says:

    For me personally, my favorite moment of this season, was attending the Hawks/Wizards game this past January at the Phillips Arena. It was a full house, we were pretty much in the nosebleed section However, the crowd was victorious, (even prior to going into the arena, we mingled w/ the crowd and EVERYONE was pumped for the Hawks. I have always been used to attending Hawks games where fans come just top see the opposing team. But not this night. When I say the crowd was roaring every time the Hawks scored or blocked a shot, they were roaring! And I was part of that amazing night and wished that night never ended. I was also amused and tickled to see Shroeder wave his towel every 2 seconds every time the Hawks scored. He’s a GREAT cheerleader. LET’S GO HAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jon says:

    Paul, because Steph is 4-0 in games against Harden. In those games, Steph averaged 25.7ppg on 58% shooting, 6.5r, 8.25a, 2s and a cumulative +77 rating. Harden averaged 25.2ppg on 40% shooting, 4r, 4.25a, 2.25s and a -54 cumulative rating.

    Obviously stats don’t tell a complete story and GS has had a better run of injuries, a more stable and probably better lineup overall, but Harden has disappeared in games against GS. Steph is unquestionably the biggest factor in GS’s dominance. Both players are essential to their teams offensively; GS’s offense drops 13 points per 100 possessions when hes on the bench while HOU drops 14 when Harden rests. Crucially though, GS suffers defensively when hes on the pine (3 per 100), while HOU IMPROVE with Harden off the floor (4 per 100).

    The MVP award does not technically go to the most valuable player to a particular team, it goes to the best player in the league. And generally that has been seen to be the best player on the best team in the league. That’s Steph Curry. It’d be a bit of an insult to pick Harden over a player who has completely schooled him every time they’ve met.

  10. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    It’s hard to say…. The Spurs, Cavs game was the game of the year, Klay’s 37 point quarter, Westbrook triple double streak, PG’s return, Lavine in the Dunk contest, The Hawks winning 30 and losing 1 game in that span, D Rose return, Curry break’n ankles, The return of Craig Sager, Wow it’s been a great year.

  11. European says:

    Lets be honest… Pau Gasol has had the biggest impact on his team. Really, double-double in almost every game after being bashed in Los Angeles after every stupid game.

  12. Paul says:

    jaysarzzz how does Steph deserve the MVP over Harden?

  13. jaysarzzz says:

    My favorite moment will be when Steph Curry accepts the 2014-2015 NBA Most valuable Player award, because he deserves it more than anybody else: http://straighthoops.com/most_valuable.html

  14. OKC says:

    As an OKC fan ill be happy to forget this year. At this point I would rather see AD get a shot in the playoffs then watch a brutal 1st round against GSW for the Thunder. The silver lining might have been that KD said he wants to finish his career in OKC though as well as Russell getting an opportunity to silence all the haters….. though we know with 11 triple doubles that still hasn’t stopped people from crying about him. Hopefully we can have a healthy year next year and get right back to the top of the heap.