I've loved basketball since the late 80's, my first NBA memory (earliest I remember anyway) was watching Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Isiah Thoimas, Dennis Rodman, Gerald Henderson and the rest of the "Bad Boy" Pistons repeating in 89/90.
My personal favorite moment tho was when I happened to be at Super Sonics//Jazz game on November 23rd, 1994 when Jeff Hornacek hit a then record eight 3's without a miss. He insantly became my favorite player, to the point that all through the rest of my life (communtiy leagues, high school and even an attempt at college) I wore and still wear #14.
But if I HAD to pick, it would probably be the 2011 Finals and my boy Dirk Nowitzki finally getting his title. My favorite player ever raising the O'Brien, after running back to the tunnel to let out all that emotion.
I was at Game 3 of the Raptors/Sixers 2001 Eastern Conference Semi - Finals series and that was the game when Vince Carter got 50 points. I remember my Dad got tickets the day of the game off Ticketmaster which was a complete shock and the seats were 2nd last row of the Purples of the 300 level at the Air Canada Centre, which is as high as you can sit. However I didn't care because of how great the game was.
Only a casual basketball fan, but this game has stuck out to me. Baron Davis was the most exciting player in his prime that I've watched IMO. It was quite sad seeing him as a shell of himself with the Knicks. On a side note, that Warriors team seemed very deep on paper: Richardson, Davis, Harrington, Ellis, Jackson, Piétrus and Barnes
Also the Ben Gordon pokerface when he hit the threes against the Celtics. That playoff series was the most memorable for me.
Fun starts at 4:40. From Allen hitting the tying 3's to Rose's epic defense on the final drive, this is possibly the best game I've ever seen.
And the whole 'Linsanity' saga is the best time I've had as a Knicks fan. Outplaying Kobe, Wall and that epic buzzer beater in Toronto.
I was at the game David Robinson went down in the 96-97 season that would take him out for the rest of the yr. Watching him walk past our section knowing what had happened to the team in the past when he was injured was just gut wrenching. There were already people who were saying the Spurs should trade him and now they'd complain about him not just being too soft, but now too old and injured. People wanted Pop gone (for some he was never good enough til the Spurs beat the Pistons), David gone, Sean & Avery gone, and to build around whatever we got in the draft.
Winning that draft didn't silence everyone, but people got quieter. Robinson now became a vet presence who could teach Duncan and you knew you still had a few years to believe that maybe, just maybe Duncan was the piece they needed. The three that followed are just gravy and I'm not sure I would've ever believed it had you told me when I was younger, but the 1st and everything before that led up to it made it pretty special.
Even though I've become a Nets fan over the years, one really funny moment was when Chris Bosh made a shot from half court and Kristic knew it was going in before it even went it. I think Toronto murdered them that game like 110-68 or something.