The Story of the 2006 NBA Finals Will, Sadly, Always Include This

Avery Johnson and Bennett Salvatore, 2006 NBA Finals Game 5, by Ronald Martinez

As someone who loves the NBA, I hate that Bennett Salvatore played such a prominent role game five pictured above. I can't shake the feeling that it hurt the league's credibility just a little--not to mention outraging plenty of people (who would, it appears, be wise to appoint Avery Johnson as their avenger-in-chief).

This Ronald Martinez photo, one of my favorites of last season, is part of Getty Images Year in Focus, and is reprinted with permission.