Timeline of NBA in 2010s as league celebrates 75th season

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

June 17, 2010: The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to win the title in a revamp of one of the greatest rivalries in team sports and their match number 12 in the Finals. Phil Jackson extends his record by coaching his 11th championship team. Kobe Bryant wins his fifth title and is named Finals MVP.

July 8, 2010: LeBron James ends weeks of speculation about 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 on the Miami Heat in search of 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 MVP.

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

June 21, 2012 – LeBron James finally wins his first NBA championship in his ninth season. He is averaging 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.4 assists as Miami wins the NBA Finals in five games. The Heat beat Oklahoma City, a young team that features 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 US gets 30 points from Kevin Durant to beat Spain 107-100 for gold in London.

October 29, 2012 – Superstorm 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 in the eastern US and causing $62.5 billion in damage.

December 14, 2012: Twenty first graders and six educators are shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother in his house before going to school. He kills himself with a gun when the police arrive.

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

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

July 2013: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi start 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 US and in 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 after a second season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He ended up playing 14 years and finished 19th on his career scoring list with 24,368 points.

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

June 15, 2014: This time around, the San Antonio Spurs defeat 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.

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

June 4, 2015 – Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors start Game 1 of the NBA Finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It is the first of four consecutive finals between the teams. The Warriors win the franchise’s fourth championship by claiming the series 4-2.

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

April 13, 2016: The Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 125-104 for a 73-9 season, breaking the 72-10 mark set by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Kobe Bryant scores 60 points in his last NBA game, a mark he hasn’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-breaking Warriors fall in seven games in the NBA Finals. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers become the first team to come back and win after falling behind 3-1, ending Cleveland’s 42-year championship drought.

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

July 11, 2016: Tim Duncan announces his retirement after five championships with the San Antonio Spurs and 19 seasons in the NBA 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 careers.

July 27, 2016: Hillary Clinton formally wins the nomination as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party.

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

Nov. 2, 2016: The Chicago Cubs end the longest drought in baseball by beating the then-Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning of Game 7. The Cubs trailed 3-1 before rallying to win three straight by his 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 a season. Westbrook clinched 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 record for triple-doubles with his 42nd. He has 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists and hits a deep game-winning 3-pointer at Denver to eliminate the Nuggets from playoff contention.

August 25, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey hits Texas as a Category 4 storm and is the fiercest to hit the US in more than a decade. The storm kills 68 and causes an estimated $125 billion in damage in Texas.

June 8, 2018: The Golden State Warriors win their third NBA championship in four seasons and 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 charged with 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 hillside in heavy morning fog in Southern California. Bryant’s death at age 41 shocks the world of sports and entertainment.

March 12, 2020: The NBA suspends the season “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tests positive for coronavirus. The move comes hours after most league owners leaned toward playing 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, angered by racial injustice and the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Two more days of games are also being postponed as players wrestle with emotions about wanting to bring about change in their communities.

Oct. 11, 2020: The Los Angeles Lakers win the franchise’s first title in a decade, beating the Miami Heat in six games and ending three months in an NBA bubble at Walt Disney World designed to keep residents safe 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 US Capitol, spurred on by calls from President Trump to “fight like hell” against the election results. Lawmakers are forced into hiding in a stunning attempt to nullify the US presidential election.

January 14, 2021: President Donald Trump is charged a second time with “inciting insurrection” for the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his last days in office.

May 20, 2021: The 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 Western Conference a day later to cap the first NBA entry tournament. .

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

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


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