In the past few months to get through the slow late summer months, we've run a number of theme days on the SB Nation NBA sites to stir up some conversation about the team as GM's and players are away on vacation. Today, we tackle the subject of what the best game you've ever seen in person is.
As a Houston resident until college, I really should have more perspective on this subject, but I will be honest in saying that I have limited experience at the Toyota Center or the Summit. Still, I'll give it my best shot.
When I was in the sixth grade, my school's choir was picked to come to the Toyota Center and sing the national anthem. I must have been 12 years old or so, so I had followed the Rockets for a few years and at least had a basic understanding of the roster. I knew Yao was really tall, I liked Tracy McGrady, but most of all, I missed Moochie Norris.
When I stepped on the court, I almost couldn't believe the size of the players, however. I had been to a few games in the past, but never so close as I was now. When I walked by Yao, his tree trunks of legs had to have been about the same size as me. The game I had watched on TV and on the radio came to life after seeing those guys. How could Yao, a mammoth of a man, hit a turnaround jumper from 15 feet? It simply blew me away.
Ever since that experience, I have appreciated the game even more. I see it on TV and am consistently blown away by Dwight Howard turning and rising up for dunks despite being nearly 7' tall, and that one game has shaped the way I see the game.
What is your favorite game experience? Share in the comments, or make it a fanpost if it's an especially long story!