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Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 11:00 am  |  25 responses

Spalding Hoophall Classic Giveaway: Win NBA 2K12!

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In celebration of the 2012 Spalding Hoophall Classic, our friends at Spalding want to hook up three lucky SLAMonline readers with a copy of NBA 2K12 (for XBox 360). All you have to do is become a fan of the Spalding Facebook page HERE and then tell us your favorite holiday season hoops moment in the comment section below. Our team of SLAM editors will pick our three favorite responses and hook up the lucky winners with this year’s hottest game.

Good luck!

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t want the prize, already have it. But Christmas Day, the Rose Game Winner and Boston Celtics v Knicks game were the best things to happen (basketball wise) over the Holidays, imo.

  • Erik

    My favorite holiday hoops moment this year was watching Tyus Jones of Apple Valley (MN) drop 42 points in the Breakdown Granite City Holiday Tournament in St. Cloud. Tyus Jones is arguably the best player in the 2013 class. He had 42 points on 18-22 fg and 3-3 on 3 pointers. Also added 8 assist, 7 steals, and 4 rebounds and 0 turnovers. He did all this only playing 21 minutes the entire game. He sat out the last 9 minutes. His passes and assist were incredible!I have never seen anyone like him. The kid was unreal and truly made a statement to prove he the one of the best in his class.

  • LaKid

    Kobe vs. Shaq on Christmas day, 2004. There was so much hype around that game, they didn’t like each other, and man the game did not disapoint. 104-102 for Miami in overtime, Kobe had 42 points and 6 assits, Shaq had 24 and 11 boards. Being “LaKid” I’m clearly a Laker fan so the loss hurt, but I won’t forget that game anytime soon. Not only one of the best holiday hoop memories, but one of my favorite NBA memories period.

  • Torrence

    Favorite moment had to be the heats DOMINATION of the defending champs this christmas! Especially when bosh came down the lane and slamed on the whole lakers squad

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    My favorite holiday hoops moment was the entire day. I thought the lockout would take the entire season away. I watched as much basketball as a human could, without incurring the wrath of family members who wanted to watch something else!

  • Tyler

    In 1997 there was a Christmas day tournament in Grand Rapids, MI at the Community college and we played Detroit Country day and they had the #3 player in the nation Sahne Battier and Country day was ranked top 10 team in the nation. We were just some mdiocre team that should not have been there in the first place, but because the previous season’s success we got asked to play in the 1st round against them and at the time they were 4-0 and we were 0-4, many thought it would be a blowout, but we were up at halftime 34-28 and lsot at the end 58-57 and it was a memory I’ll never forget. Country Day went on to win the state title that year and Battier was National player of the year and we went a misearble 5-16. However, we gave it our all that game and believed we were going to win. I personally got to guard Battier on a few switches and he only scored on me once.

  • Arik Cain

    Christmas 2008 Spurs vs. Suns in Phoenix. Grant Hill makes a lay-up with 4 seconds to go in the game, putting the Suns up by 2. Next possession, Tony Parker drives in the paint and kicks it out to a waiting Roger Mason in the corner. Mason drills the 3 point buzzer beater and there goes the game.

  • LA Huey

    Christmas Day 2011: Like many in the SLAMily, this lockout had me starving for some NBA action. This was my 1st Xmas with my girlfriend’s family at her brother’s house. Watching TV wasn’t allowed so it killed me to know I couldn’t catch any of the games that day. So I turned to Plan B: after gifts were exchanged, my girl’s 8 year old nephew and I snuck off to his room during brunch with his brand new copy of NBA Jam. Had ourselves a marathon session and ran through campaign mode with the Miami Heat. My Hoophead tradition of a basketball saturated Christmas Day was salvaged and this started a trend of nephew and I sneaking off to play videogames during family events.

  • LA Huey

    Christmas Day 2011: Like many in the SLAMily, this lockout had me starving for some NBA action. This was my 1st Xmas with my girlfriend’s family at her brother’s house. Watching TV wasn’t allowed so it killed me to know I couldn’t catch any of the games that day. So I turned to Plan B: after gifts were exchanged, my girl’s 8 year old nephew and I snuck off to his room during brunch with his brand new copy of NBA Jam. Had ourselves a marathon session and ran through campaign mode with the Miami Heat. My Hoophead tradition of a basketball saturated Christmas Day was salvaged and this started a trend of nephew and I sneaking off to play videogames during family events.
    Sorry for the repost. I had the wrong e-mail address posted.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    I love basketball. I love playing, but i really love watching the best. I have now been watching NBA basketball for 10 years and I have loved every minute of it. So when it’s holiday season, I can’t wait for some big games on the tube. As I have gotten older, I have stopped caring about what others want to give me as a gift for Christmas because I really get a joy out of watching sports. Sure, this may be normal, but I would rather have my closest family and friends spend on others. All i really want to do on Christmas is watch some basketball on top of being with my family. So my favorite holiday hoops moment was in 2008 when the Lakers ended the Celtics 19 game win streak. Game was chippy, crowd was as good as ever, ended with some nice plays such as Trevor Ariza with an open court dunk. The Lakers were as pumped as can be for a regular season game, and so was I. I watched the game with my family and just had a blast. I remember being so happy after the game. I really wanted the Lakers to get revenge on the C’s and the game was just awesome. To me, I get my biggest joy while watching a great basketball game. I love other sports too, but I don’t feel the same as I do while watching bball These Christmas games usually make or break my holiday too, so it was nice being able to enjoy a great day of basketball because of the Lakers. Thanks Lakers and thanks NBA for putting the purple and gold on Christmas seemingly every year. I can’t ask for much more as an NBA lover and Laker fan.

  • Andrew Thomas Barnes

    Just the NBA being back this Christmas was a great holiday memory for myself and all NBA fans. I bought into talk that the year was lost, so to have an entire day filled with some great matchups was awesome.

  • matt75081

    Christmas Day 1992. Bulls vs. Knicks.

    Eastern Conference powers clash as the New York Knicks welcomed the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Bulls win in double OT (127-119) behind 41 points from Michael Jordan.

    Leading up to Christmas Day, I remember both teams were riding a ridiculous 10+ game winning streak. The Knicks just acquired Ron Harper in what was believed to be the best ever Knicks team. The expectations were high for both teams and the term “playoff atmosphere” would have been an understatement.

    I remember Patrick Ewing dominated the first half and Jordan was fighting to find his game. The Knicks carried a small lead into the half, but could not hold back the eventual NBA champs from extending the game to overtime.

    With Jordan, Pippen, Horace Grant, Robert Horry and BJ Armstrong versus Ewing, Oakley, John Starks, Elgin Baylor Jr and Ron Harper; the game carried into double OT. Jordan was simply Michael Jordan in the 2nd OT as the Bulls dominated the period to win the game 127-119.

    This was a tough loss for the Knicks but Chicago needed to flex their muscle to take this win in this classic rivalry game. Jordan and the bulls displayed one of the best performances in my favorite Christmas Day thriller of all time.

  • Nate C.

    My favorite is when the Celtics faced the Knicks and the Lakers faced the Bulls. Amazing game. Rose with the game-winner. Kobe battling through a wrist injury. Also, the Knicks are getting much better. Great way to start off the season.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Sweetness1624 Sweetness

    The NBA coming back for Christmas this year. After almost not having a season at all. It was the greatest to see it back. Plus Lakers vs Bull game was amazing. Rose shot for the win, the whole family was going crazy. That’s what the holiday season is all about, down to the wire games on Christmas day!

  • http://None Joseph

    Shaq vs Kobe when heat played lakers; great back and forth game and became one of the first glimpses and wade’s greatness. But kobe is still the goat(after jordan)!

  • rob stewart

    Bobcats vs Heat in an OT thriller. This game took place on Easter day Apr 8th, 2007. Back when Miami had D wade and the original Superman. And poor Charlotte trotted out Gerald Wallace and a bunch of who’s who like Brevin Knight and Jake Voskul. But just like Jesus on Easter the Bobcats rose to the occasion for a victory. And Easter is a Holiday!

  • http://None YS

    As a big knicks fan for years, one game stands out, the 1985 Christmas Day game at the Mecca of Basketball, Madison Square Garden, between NY Knicks and Boston Celtics. Boston was the heavyweight of the league, hoisting up their 16th title at the end of the season, and among basketball historians the 1985 team is considered one of the best in NBA history. Then there were the the Knicks searching for a future with a rookie named Patrick Ewing out of Georgetown. With all that against the knicks, they pulled off the miracle after being down 58-33 in the 3rd quarter, furiously mounting a comeback led by Ewing and making the score even in the final minute. The knicks two stars Bill Cartwright and Bernard King were injured for the game and the play of Ewing forced an overtime with the knicks winning 113-104. Ewing’s final stat line was mesmerizing for the knick faithful scoring 32 pts and 11 rebounds with the team holding NBA great and Living Legend Larry Bird to 8/27 shooting and the champion celtics to 34% shooting. Knick fans would watch the team lose the remaining 4 games against Boston that year but saw the light at the end of the tunnel. Boston players have been quoted to say that loss gave them a boost to work harder and eventually become the NBA champions that year.

  • anthony ciofani

    i really like this game

  • sideburn2go

    Bulls v Knicks 1994, Scottie Pippen absolute beast mode…. Pippen was my favorite player back in the day and he was absolutely huge in this game putting up 36 and 16 and coming up big in all other areas. He also had the monster block at the end of the game to seal the deal for the bulls

  • caleb thomas

    In 1992, the Bulls, led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, were on their way to their second straight title when they met up with the physical play of the New York Knicks led by Patrick Ewing and new head coach Pat Riley in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The series went to a decisive Game 7 which the Bulls won 110-81 to advance. This series kick-started the intense rivalry between the Bulls and Knicks in the 1990s. It also made the Knicks into an Eastern Conference powerhouse, replacing the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. This series was the first of two times the Bulls faced a Game 7 in the six seasons they won a championship, the other with the Indiana Pacers in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals. This particular series became heated, with several players, particularly Michael Jordan, Xavier McDaniel, Scottie Pippen, and Greg Anthony getting into arguments. Fav Memory

  • jack boutchard

    my favourite lockout moment was when kevin durant dropped 66 points at rucker park

  • Josh Gemin

    Watching the Heat-Lakers the year after Shaq got dealt to the Heat. One of the better hyped games I’ve seen on Christmas day.

  • Nick

    My favorite holiday hoops moment is going to the tournaments and playing in them, the atmosphere is so relaxed. Everyone is talking about the moments they watched i think the ones you experience yourself are always going to be more memorable.

  • Ezi Sugar

    The best part of holiday hoops is the ability for others to not have personal prejudice towards the game. I love it because it allows for all to discuss the game being played and not just the outcome.

  • Ezi

    My favorite part of holiday hoops is that there are less aggressive personal prejudice. I like that we are able to discuss the game and not just the outcome.

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