NBA timeline in the 2010s as the league celebrates its 75th season | Radio WGN 720


National Basketball Association timeline from the 2010s through the 75th NBA season. The timeline includes landmark moments in league history and key moments off the court as the NBA celebrates its 75th season:

June 17, 2010: The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to claim the title in a renewal of one of the greatest rivalries in team sports. and their 12th final meeting. Phil Jackson adds to his record by coaching his 11th champion team. Kobe Bryant wins his fifth title and is named Finals MVP.

July 8, 2010: LeBron James ends weeks of speculation over his future by announcing his decision on an ESPN special that he has decided to leave Cleveland after seven years and join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at the Miami Heat in search of his first championship.

May 3, 2011: Derrick Rose becomes the youngest MVP in NBA history at 22 years and 191 days after leading Chicago to 62 wins. Five-time MVP Michael Jordan is the only other Chicago player to win the MVP title.

July 1, 2011: A 161-day lockout begins, eliminating the preseason and reducing the regular season from 82 to 66 games. It ends on December 8 after players and owners reach agreements on revenue sharing and a salary cap. The season starts on December 25.

June 21, 2012: LeBron James finally wins his first NBA championship in his ninth season. He averaged 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists as Miami won the NBA Finals in five games. The Heat beat Oklahoma City, a young team made up of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

August 12, 2012: The Americans win their second consecutive Olympic gold medal in men’s basketball. After winning by an average margin of victory of 32.1 points per game, the United States got 30 points from Kevin Durant to beat Spain 107-100 for gold in London.

October 29, 2012: Super Hurricane Sandy hits New Jersey, New York and parts of Connecticut after merging with other storm systems. Sandy becomes one of the costliest storms in US history, flooding 36,000 homes, killing 72 people in the eastern United States and causing $62.5 billion in damage.

December 14, 2012: Twenty first graders and six educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother in their home before going to school. He kills himself with a handgun when the police arrive.

April 15, 2013: Two bombs explode near the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three and injuring more than 260. Police arrest Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, while his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dies after a shootout with authorities.

June 18, 2013: Ray Allen knocks down a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, capping Miami’s 10-point rally in the quarter and forcing overtime in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat win 103-100 in overtime. The Heat won Game 7 two days later for their second consecutive championship.

July 2013: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi launched Black Lives Matter as a social media hashtag following the July 13 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The group is growing and now has chapters in the United States, Britain and Canada, fighting against white supremacy, police brutality and systemic racism.

October 30, 2013: Allen Iverson announces his retirement nearly four years after his last NBA game following a second stint with the Philadelphia 76ers. He ended up playing 14 and finished 19th on the career scoring list with 24,368 points.

May 6, 2014: Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City is named league MVP. His streak of 41 consecutive games with at least 25 points helps him get away from the field. During his acceptance speech, he calls his mother “the real MVP”.

June 15, 2014: This time, the San Antonio Spurs close the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals in five games for their fifth championship.

July 11, 2014: LeBron James returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent after four seasons with the Miami Heat.

November 29, 2015: Kobe Bryant, 37, announces in a post titled “Dear Basketball” on The Players’ Tribune that his 20th NBA season will be his last. It amounts to a farewell tour, and he is showered with love throughout the season. He is retiring as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer.

June 4, 2015: Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors announce Game 1 of the NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the first of four consecutive finals between the teams. The Warriors claim the franchise’s fourth championship by winning the series 4-2.

June 26, 2015: Same-sex couples win right to marry with Supreme Court 5-4 ruling in civil rights case.

April 13, 2016: The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 for a 73-9 season, beating the 72-10 mark set by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his last NBA game, a record he hadn’t reached since 2009.

May 10, 2016: Golden State’s Stephen Curry repeats as league MVP and is the first unanimous winner in league history.

June 19, 2016: The record-setting Warriors fall in seven games in the NBA Finals. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers become the first team to rally and win after leading 3-1, ending Cleveland City’s 42-year championship drought.

July 4, 2016: Kevin Durant, four-time scoring champion, decides to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors, causing upheavals across the NBA. The Warriors had rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. Angry Oklahoma City fans are calling their once-beloved hero a traitor for joining their arch-rival.

July 11, 2016: Tim Duncan announces his retirement after five championships with the San Antonio Spurs and 19 NBA seasons after being the only player to win titles in three different decades. Duncan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish as the only players to win at least 1,000 games in their career.

July 27, 2016: Hillary Clinton officially wins the nomination as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party.

August 21, 2016: The United States wins its third straight men’s basketball gold medal, this time beating Serbia 96-66 at the Rio Games with Kevin Durant scoring 30 points.

Nov. 2, 2016: The Chicago Cubs end baseball’s longest drought by defeating the Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning of Game 7. The Cubs led 3-1 before rallying to win three straight to their first title since 1908.

April 8, 2017: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook joins Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double in one season. Westbrook secured the mark in a loss to Phoenix but finished the season averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

April 9, 2017: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson’s single-season triple-double record with his 42nd. He has 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists and hits a game-winning 3-pointer deep in Denver to knock the Nuggets out of playoff contention.

August 25, 2017: Hurricane Harvey hits Texas as the strongest Category 4 storm to hit the United States in over a decade. The storm kills 68 people and causes damage estimated at $125 billion in Texas.

June 8, 2018: The Golden State Warriors win their third NBA championship in four seasons and their second in a row, this time sweeping Cleveland a year after needing five games to win the title. Kevin Durant wins his second straight NBA Finals MVP.

December 18, 2019: President Trump is impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He becomes the fourth US president to be impeached, joining Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

January 26, 2020: Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others are killed in a helicopter crash on a steep hill in heavy morning fog in Southern California. Bryant’s death at age 41 shocks the sports and entertainment worlds.

March 12, 2020: NBA suspends season ‘until further notice’ after Utah Jazz‘ Rudy Gobert tests positive for coronavirus. The move comes hours after the majority of league owners leaned into playing games without fans in arenas.

July 30, 2020: The NBA restarts the season in a bubble against the coronavirus pandemic inside the Disney complex.

August 26, 2020: NBA players walk out of playoff games inside the league bubble, upset by racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Two more days of matches are also postponed as players grapple with emotions about wanting to make changes in their communities.

October 11, 2020: The Los Angeles Lakers win the franchise’s first title in a decade, beating the Miami Heat in six games ending three months in an NBA bubble at Walt Disney World designed to protect residents from the coronavirus. LeBron James and Danny Green join John Salley and Robert Horry as the only players to win titles with three different franchises.

January 6, 2021: Violent pro-Trump loyalists storm the United States Capitol, spurred on by President Trump’s calls to ‘fight like hell’ against the election results. Lawmakers are being forced into hiding in a stunning bid to overturn the US presidential election.

Jan. 14, 2021: President Donald Trump is impeached for the second time, charged with “incitement to insurrection” over the murderous siege of the Capitol by the mob in a rapid and stunning collapse of his last days in office.

May 20, 2021: Washington Wizards beat Indiana for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors for the No. 8 seed in the Conference West a day later to cap the NBA’s first play-in tournament.

July 20, 2021: Giannis Antetokounmpos scores 50 points and grabs 14 rebounds with five blocked shots leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns, capturing the franchise’s first NBA title in 50 years. The Bucks win the NBA Finals 4-2 in a series played in front of fans after the 2020 bubble.

August 7, 2021: Kevin Durant leads USA to another gold medal. He scored 29 points as the Americans beat France 87-82 at the Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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