Top 5 NBA stories of 2012

From LeBron James' victory parade to the soap opera that is Dwight Howard to the return of basketball to Brooklyn, there were a lot of major headlines that highlighted the NBA in 2012. But none topped a Cinderella-like story that grabbed everyone's attention from New York City to the Far East. Here are the best of the best from the NBA this year. – By Marc J. Spears





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Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: A view of the exterior of the Barclays Center on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers confers with Steve Nash #10 in the game with the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on October 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Mavericks won 99-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)) (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 30: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks at his 2012 NBA Championship ring following a ceremony prior to the game against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena on October 30, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)