The History Channel® Presents: “NBA’s TOP TEN GREATEST”

Fans Determine the Greatest Moments, Match-Ups, Moves and More in NBA History

NEW YORK (February 14, 2005) – Wilt Chamberlain’s unthinkable 100-point game in 1962. Willis Reed’s improbable return in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Red Auerbach’s eight straight titles with the Boston Celtics. These are just some of the remarkable events that help define NBA history. And now The History Channel gives fans the forum to determine which are the defining NBA’s Top Ten Greatest.

What was the greatest NBA Finals? Which two players squared off in the game’s best one on one duel? Who put down the most spectacular slam-dunk? The History Channel will give fans the opportunity to ponder these questions, along with seven others, and cast their vote for what they consider the greatest NBA moments of all-time. Voting will be conducted at between February 15 and March 15, and fans will be able to select a nominee from each of the ten categories to determine the best of the best in fabulous NBA history.

The History Channel continues to demonstrate its unprecedented commitment to basketball history with the premiere of “NBA’s TOP TEN GREATEST”, where the results of the fan-based voting will be revealed during a one-hour special on Thursday, April 21st at 8pm ET/PT. Television commentator and NBA legend Bill Walton will host the special honoring the best players, moments and plays in NBA history.

A sample of nominees for the NBA’s TOP TEN GREATEST categories include:

1. Greatest NBA Finals Moment
  • Willis Reed’s improbable return in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Lakers
  • Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals: the Celtics win their eleventh title in thirteen years with a veteran squad including the retiring Bill Russell
  • Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals: Magic Johnson as a rookie, scores multiple points to lead the Lakers to a victory

    2. Greatest Move
  • Julius Erving shows the world his incredible hang time ability by floating across the baseline during the 1980 NBA Finals
  • Larry Bird switches hands in the air during the 1981 Finals to score a basket
  • “The Dream Shake” by Hakeem Olajuwon on David Robinson during the 1995 Western Conference Finals

    3. Greatest Coaching Performances
  • John Kundla leads the Minneapolis Lakers to five titles in six years in the late 40’s and 50’s to become the NBA’s first dynasty
  • Red Auerbach leads the Boston Celtics to eight straight titles from 1959 to 1966
  • Phil Jackson leads the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in eight years

    4. Greatest Duels
  • Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson throughout their college and NBA careers
  • Earl Monroe vs. Walt Frazier during the late 60’s and early 70’s
  • Isiah Thomas vs. Bernard King during the 1984 playoffs

    5. Greatest Shot
  • Jerry West hits a half court shot to send Game 5 of the 1970 Finals against the Knicks into overtime
  • Vinnie Johnson seals the 1990 Championship against the Portland Trail Blazers with his last second jumper
  • Derek Fisher hits a last second shot in Game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Playoffs to knock off the San Antonio Spurs

    6. Greatest Upset
  • The Denver Nuggets beat the Seattle Supersonics in the 1994 playoffs and become the first eighth seed to beat a number one seed
  • Tracy McGrady led the Houston Rockets to an improbable comeback victory against the Spurs by scoring 13 points in the final 35 seconds including a game winning three pointer
  • With a .500 record, the Rockets beat the Lakers to go to their first Finals in 1981

    7. Greatest Champion
  • The Boston Celtic teams from the 1960’s that won an incredible eight straight championships
  • The 1986 Boston Celtics, a team boasting four Hall of Famers
  • The 1996 Chicago Bulls won a record 72 regular season games and the title

    8. Greatest New Star (current)
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets
  • Yao Ming, Houston Rockets

    9. Slam Dunk Greatest
  • Brent Barry proves that white men can jump as he dunks from the foul line in 1996
  • Dee Brown with the no-look dunk in the 1991 contest
  • Vince Carter wins the 2000 Slam Dunk contest with his final dunk of the first round when he brought the ball under his right leg while in the air and then slammed it through the hoop

    10. Greatest Dynamic Duo
  • John Stockton and Karl Malone
  • Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Bill Russell and Bob Cousy

    Tune in to The History Channel on Thursday, April 21st at 8pm ET/PT as Bill Walton and top NBA analysts debate the greatest moments and reveal the fan-based voting results during the “NBA’s TOP TEN GREATEST” special. Vote Now!

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