The International Blogtable: Memories of the Regular Season


Every week, the International Blogtable brings together some of the best basketball minds from around the world, posing a burning question to writers and editors from the NBA's fleet of international web destinations. It's a BIG world, after all.


With the Playoffs set to begin, what's your most lasting memory from the 2012-13 regular season?
Pawel Weszka
Editor, NBA Africa

Kobe Bryant passing Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list. It will take him a moment now to pass Michael Jordan, but like Michaelís, Kobeís greatness reaches way beyond the numbers he puts on a scoreboard. His leadership over the years has been as unquestioned as his desire to win. For better or worse Kobe has been in the driver's seat of this Lakers team and his dedication and the high standards he has set for himself and his teammates were standing out especially this year. Facing some of the most difficult moments in the twilight of his career, Bryant still leads the team, even if from a hospital bed or the Lakers' bench. Expect Kobe to fight through this crucible, as he has the others, and come out stronger on the other end.
Guilherme Buso
Blogger, NBA Brasil

It was not a favorite moment at all but a remarkable one. This was Anderson Varej„o's biggest season in the NBA. He was leading the league in rebounds and everyone was excited about his chance in the 2013 All-Star Game in Houston. The Brazilian fans were certain about that, and it would have been a wonderful thing for Brazilian basketball. However, a knee injury in the beginning of the season followed by a pulmonary embolism really interrupted his great year on the court. Fortunately, he is in good shape now and he will be back to the action really soon.
Hanson Guan
Editor, NBA China

The Heatís unbeaten run of 27 games. Since they beat Raptors on Feb 3, Miami has hit a new wave of 27 consecutive wins. A long list of opponents fell victim during this second-longest run in NBA history, a demonstration of the defending championsí unrivaled quality.

Lebron James was crowned for the first time in his career last summer. The unbeaten run came as a key point for James, who has been aspiring for his own dynasty, to cement his presence in history. He now holds a career-high shooting percentage of 56.5% and 3-point percentage at 40.3% this season. Those 27 wins will remain as the defining moment of his career as James and his team laid the biggest claim to another title.
Philipp Dornhegge

Even though the story behind it is a really sad one, it probably was the way that opposing players hugged Houstonís coach Kevin McHale when he returned to the Rockets bench. Remember: Coach McHale had stayed with his family and ailing daughter Alexandra (who eventually died of Lupus complications) since November 10 and had missed 13 games. In his first game back, all Mavericks players came over to the Rocketsí bench and gave McHale a hug. The Celtics did the same three games later. To see Kevin Garnett offering his condolences to his mentor McHale was absolutely heartwarming, and it was a reminder that the NBA is so much more than just a bunch of teams and highly competitive athletes. Itís also a family.
Eduardo Schell
Editor, NBA EspaŮa

Not a favorite memory, but this season will be remembered for the Lakers' struggles: everything that could go wrong went wrong, and Kobe's injury was the end (or start) of the nightmare. Now everything's question marks, regarding next summer. On the bright side of life: Miami's run and Denver's incredible home streak.
Stefanos Triantafyllos
Editor, NBA Greece

My first thought was the Heat's winning streak, not only because I am a big LeBron James fan, but their effort to make history brought a different kind of buzz in the NBA. And there is nothing better than and old-fashioned comparison, bringing on the table great players and great dynasties. On second thought, I have to go with the latest events with Kobe Bryant, one the most vivid moments of the regular season. I am not referring to the injury as an injury, but the whole thing: the way No. 24 responded and handled the darkest moment of his career. I love it when Kobe is being, well, Kobe.
Karan Madhok
Blogger, NBA India

The incredible 27-game winning streak by the Heat, and the day it ended Ė Wednesday, March 27 Ė at the hand of the feisty Bulls in Chicago. For nearly two months, the Heat were unstoppable, until the Bulls showed the world exactly how to defeat them. Playing without many of their important players Ė Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton, and Marco Belinelli Ė the Bulls played physical basketball to stop LeBron and Co. in their tracks and end the streak. It could serve as the most important game of the season for the Heat too, because it reminded them that their armor isnít impenetrable and will keep them prepared for playoff opponents taking a similar approach.
Davide Chinellato
Editor, NBA Italia

My favorite moment of the regular season was by far Miamiís 27-game winning streak. You could feel history in the air, and LeBron put on an amazing show, playing every night like it was a game of the Finals. The 27-point comeback in Cleveland is a game I wonít forget -- much like Jamesí game winners with Orlando and Boston. When they lost in Chicago it was kind of shocking, especially considering all the injuries the Bulls were dealing with.
Dino Maragay

It's got to be the Miami Heat's drawing closer to breaking the NBA's longest winning streak. It's safe to say that when 2012-2013 gets talked about, you won't be able to do so without mentioning the 27 straight victories.
SelÁuk Aytekin
Editor, NBA Turkiye

I still get excited when I remember Kobeís huge slam over Brooklyn Nets stars Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace. It was my favorite moment to remember, especially with Kobe out for right now