Current years (2014–-- present)
After 4 seasons with the Miami Heat, LeBron James went back to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014–-- 15 season. He led the group to their 2nd Finals look with the aid of Kyrie Irving Kevin Love Golden State Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in 6 video games, led by the Splash Brothers Stephen Curry Klay Thompson. The Cavaliers and the Warriors dealt with each other in the Finals a record 4 consecutive times. In the 2015–-- 16 season, the Warriors finished the season 73–-- 9, the best season record in NBA history However, the Cavaliers overcame a 3–-- 1 deficit in the Finals to win their very first champion In the 2016–-- 17 season, the Warriors gained from the recruitment of free representative Kevin Durant. The Warriors won the Finals versus the Cavaliers.
After the departure of James in free agency in 2018, the Cavaliers' streak of playoff and Finals looks ended. The Warriors returned for a 5th consecutive Finals look in however lost to the Toronto Raptors, who won their very first champion after getting Kawhi Leonard in a trade.
The 2019–-- 20 season was suspended forever on March 11, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.
On June 4, 2020, the NBA Board of Governors voted to resume the season in a 22-team format with 8 seeding games per group and a regular playoffs format, with all games played in a bubble Walt Disney World without any fans present.
This era likewise saw the continuous near year-over-year decline in NBA viewership. In between 2012 and 2019, the league lost 40 to 45 percent of its viewership. While some of it can be attributed to cable-cutting, other professional leagues, like the NFL and MLB have actually maintained steady viewership demographics. The opening game of the 2020 Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat brought in just 7.41 million viewers to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That is apparently the lowest viewership seen for the Finals considering that at least 1994 when overall audiences began to be regularly recorded and is a 45 percent decrease from video game one in between the Golden State Warriors Toronto Raptors, which had 13.51 million viewers a year earlier. Some attribute this decrease to the political stances the league and its players are taking, while others consider load management, the unequal skill distribution between the conferences and the cord-cutting of more youthful viewers as the main reason for the decrease.
Following leaders like Vlade Divac Dražen Petrović (Croatia) who joined the NBA in the late 1980s, an increasing variety of worldwide gamers have actually moved straight from playing somewhere else worldwide to starring in the NBA. Considering that 2006, the NBA has dealt with EuroLeague in exhibit matches NBA Europe Live Trip, and because 2009, in the EuroLeague American Trip 2013–-- 14 season opened with a record 92 global gamers on the opening night rosters, representing 39 countries and comprising over 20% of the league.
The beginning of the 2017–-- 18 season saw a record 108 international gamers representing 42 various nations marking 4 consecutive years of at least 100 global gamers and each group having at least one international player.
In 2018, the Phoenix Suns employed Serbian coach Igor Koko & scaron; kov as their new head coach, replacing Canadian interim coach Jay Triano, making Koko & scaron; kov the very first European coach to become a head coach for a team in the NBA.
In 2001, an affiliated minor league, the National Basketball Development League, now called the NBA G League, was produced.
Two years after the Hornets' relocate to New Orleans, the NBA returned to North Carolina, as the Charlotte Bobcats were formed as a growth team briefly moved Oklahoma City in 2005 for 2 seasons due to the fact that of damage brought on by Hurricane Katrina. The group went back to New Orleans in 2007.
A new official game ball was presented on June 28, 2006, for the 2006–-- 07 season, marking the very first modification to the ball in over 35 years and only the second ball in 60 seasons.
Spalding, the new ball included a new design and new synthetic material that Spalding claimed offered a much better grip, feel, and consistency than the original ball. Nevertheless, many players were vocal in their ridicule for the new ball, saying that it was too sticky when dry, and too slippery when wet.
Commissioner Stern announced on December 11, 2006, that starting January 1, 2007, the NBA would return to the standard leather basketball in usage prior to the 2006–-- 07 season. The modification was influenced by regular gamer problems and verified hand injuries (cuts) triggered by the microfiber ball.
Gamers' Association had submitted a match on behalf of the players versus the NBA over the brand-new ball.
Since the 2017–-- 18 season, the NBA team jerseys are manufactured by Nike, changing the previous supplier, Adidas. All groups will wear jerseys with the Nike logo design except the Charlotte Hornets, whose jerseys will rather have the Jumpman logo design connected with longtime Nike endorser Michael Jordan, who owns the Hornets.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began an investigation on July 19, 2007, over claims that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball video games he officiated over the previous 2 seasons and that he made calls affecting the point spread in those games.
On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the investigation. Donaghy claimed in 2008 that particular referees got along with gamers and company guys for the NBA, and he alleged that referees affected the result of particular playoff and finals games in 2002 and 2005. NBA commissioner David Stern denied the claims and said Donaghy was a founded guilty felon and a singing, working together witness.
Donaghy served 15 months in prison and was released in November 2009.
According to an independent research study by Ronald Beech of Video Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals in between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, although the refs increased the Lakers' possibilities of winning through foul calls throughout the game, there was no collusion to fix the game. On alleged star treatment throughout Game 6 by the referees towards particular gamers, Beech declared, there does seem to be issues with different requirements and allowances for different gamers. The NBA Board of Governors authorized the demand of the Seattle SuperSonics move to Oklahoma City on April 18, 2008.
The group, however, might stagnate till it had settled a claim filed by the city of Seattle, which was intended to keep the SuperSonics in Seattle for the remaining 2 seasons of the group's lease at KeyArena. Following a lawsuit, the city of Seattle settled with the ownership group of the SuperSonics on July 2, 2008, enabling the team to move to Oklahoma City immediately in exchange for ending the last 2 seasons of the team's lease at KeyArena.
Oklahoma City Thunder started playing in the 2008–-- 09 season.
The first outside video game in the modern era of the league was played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on October 11, 2008, between the Phoenix Suns Denver Nuggets The first official NBA league video games on European ground happened in 2011. In 2 matchups, the New Jersey Nets Toronto Raptors O2 Arena in London in front of over 20,000 fans.
After the 2012–-- 13 season, the New Orleans Hornets were renamed the Pelicans Throughout the 2013–-- 14 season, Stern retired as commissioner after 30 years, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver rose to the position of commissioner. Throughout that season's playoffs, the Bobcats officially reclaimed the Hornets name, and by arrangement with the league and the Pelicans, also got sole ownership of all history, records, and data from the Pelicans' time in Charlotte. As an outcome, the Hornets are now officially thought about to have actually been established in 1988, suspended operations in 2002, and resumed in 2004 as the Bobcats, while the Pelicans are formally dealt with as a 2002 growth group.
(This is somewhat similar to the relationship in between the Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens NFL Donald Sterling, who was then-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, got a lifetime restriction from the NBA on April 29, 2014 after racist remarks he made became public. Sterling was likewise fined US$ 2.5 million, the maximum allowed under the NBA Constitution.
Becky Hammon was worked with by the San Antonio Spurs on August 5, 2014, as an assistant coach, ending up being the 2nd female coach in NBA history but the very first full-time coach.
This also makes her the first full-time female coach in any of the 4 significant expert sports in North America.
The NBA revealed on April 15, 2016, that it would enable all 30 of its teams to sell corporate sponsor ad spots on official game uniforms, starting with the 2017–-- 18 season. The sponsorship ad patches would appear on the left front of jerseys, opposite Nike's logo design, marking the first time a maker's logo design would appear on NBA jerseys, and would measure approximately 2.5 by 2.5 inches. The NBA would end up being the first significant North American professional sports league to enable corporate sponsorship logos on official group uniforms, and the last to have an uniform maker logo design appear on its group uniforms.
The first string to announce a jersey sponsorship was the Philadelphia 76ers, who agreed to a deal with StubHub On July 6, 2017, the NBA revealed an updated performance of its logo design; it was mostly identical to the previous design, other than with modified typography and a richer color pattern. The league started to stage in the upgraded logo design across its residential or commercial properties during the 2017 NBA Summertime League The NBA also formally released new Nike uniforms for all 30 teams beginning with the 2017–-- 18 season. The league got rid of home and away consistent classifications. Rather, each team would have four or 6 uniforms: the Association edition, which is the team's white uniform, the Icon edition, which is the team's color uniform, and the Statement and City uniforms, which most groups use as an alternate uniform.
In 2018, the NBA also released the Made uniform.
Following the summertime break, groups begin training camps in late September. Training camps allow the coaching staff to evaluate gamers (especially novices), search the group's strengths and weaknesses, prepare the players for the extensive regular season and determine the 12-man active lineup (and a 3-man non-active list) with which they will begin the regular season. Groups have the ability to designate gamers with less than 2 years of experience to the NBA G League. After training school, a series of preseason exhibition games are held. Preseason matches are often kept in non-NBA cities, both in the United States and overseas. The NBA routine season begins in the recently of October.
Throughout the routine season, each team plays 82 video games, 41 each house and away. A group deals with opponents in its own division 4 times a year (16 games). Each team plays 6 of the groups from the other two departments in its conference 4 times (24 video games), and the remaining four teams three times (12 games). Lastly, each group plays all the teams in the other conference two times apiece (30 games). This asymmetrical structure means the strength of schedule will differ between groups (but not as substantially as the NFL MLB ). Over 5 seasons, each group will have played 80 video games versus their division (20 video games against each challenger, 10 in the house, 10 on the roadway), 180 games versus the rest of their conference (18 games against each opponent, 9 in your home, 9 on the road), and 150 games versus the other conference (10 games versus each group, 5 in your home, 5 on the roadway).
The NBA is also the only league that routinely schedules games on Christmas The league has been playing video games regularly on the holiday because 1947, though the first Christmas Day games were not telecasted until Games played on this day have actually included a few of the best teams and players.
Christmas is also notable for NBA on tv, as the vacation is when the first NBA video games air on network tv each season.
Games played on this day have been some of the highest-rated games throughout a particular season.
In February, the regular season stops briefly to celebrate the annual NBA All-Star Video game. Fans vote throughout the United States, Canada, and on the Internet, and the leading vote-getters in each conference are named captains. Fan votes determine the remainder of the allstar starters. Coaches vote to choose the staying 14 All-Stars. Then, the leading vote-getters in each conference draft their own team from a gamer swimming pool of allstars. The leading vote-getter in the league earns first choose etc. The gamer with the best efficiency during the video game is rewarded with a Game MVP award. Other attractions of the All-Star break include the Increasing Stars Difficulty (originally Novice Obstacle), where the top rookies and second-year gamers in the NBA play in a 5-on-5 basketball game, with the existing format pitting U.S. players versus those from the rest of the world; the Abilities Difficulty, where gamers complete to end up a challenge course including shooting, passing, and dribbling in the fastest time; the Three Point Contest, where players contend to score the greatest number of three-point basket in a provided time; and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where players compete to soak the ball in the most amusing method according to the judges. These other tourist attractions have varying names that include the names of the different sponsors who have actually paid for calling rights.
Shortly after the All-Star break is the trade due date, which is set to fall on the 16th Thursday of the season (typically in February) at 3pm Eastern Time After this date, groups are not permitted to exchange players with each other for the rest of the season, although they might still sign and launch gamers. Major trades are often finished right before the trading due date, making that day a hectic time for basic supervisors Around the middle of April, the regular season ends. It is during this time that voting begins for private awards, along with the choice of the honorary, league-wide, post-season groups. The Sixth Male of the Year Award is offered to the very best gamer coming off the bench (should have more games coming off the bench than real video games started). The Rookie of the Year Award is granted to the most exceptional first-year player. The Most Enhanced Gamer Award is granted to the gamer who is deemed to have actually shown the most improvement from the previous season. The Defensive Gamer of the Year Award is awarded to the league's best defender. The Coach of the Year Award is granted to the coach that has made the most favorable distinction to a team. One Of The Most Prized Possession Player Award is offered to the gamer deemed the most important for (his group) that season. Furthermore, Sporting News awards an unofficial (however extensively recognized) Executive of the Year Award to the basic supervisor who is adjudged to have actually performed the best job for the advantage of his franchise.
The NBA playoffs begin in April after the conclusion of the regular season with the leading eight groups in each conference, despite divisional positioning, competing for the league's champion title, the Larry O'Brien Champion Prize. Seeds are granted in strict order of routine season record (with a tiebreaker system used as needed).
Having a higher seed provides a number of advantages. Because the first seed begins the playoffs playing against the 8th seed, the second seed plays the seventh seed, the 3rd seed plays the sixth seed, and the fourth seed plays the 5th seed, having a higher seed indicates a team faces a weaker group in the first round. The team in each series with the better record has home-court advantage, including the Preliminary. Before the league changed its playoff determination format for the 2006–-- 07 season, this implied that, for example, if the group that received the sixth seed had a much better record than the group with the third seed (by virtue of a divisional champion), the 6th seed would have home-court advantage, despite the fact that the other team had a greater seed. For that reason, the group with the best routine season record in the league is ensured home-court benefit in every series it plays. For example, in 2006, the Denver Nuggets won 44 games and recorded the Northwest Department and the third seed. Their challenger was the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, who won 47 games and ended up second in the Pacific Department. Although Denver won its much weaker department, the Clippers had a home-court benefit and won the series in 5.
The playoffs follow a tournament format. Each team plays an opponent in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win 4 games advancing into the next round, while the other team is gotten rid of from the playoffs. In the next round, the effective team plays versus another advancing group of the same conference. All but one group in each conference are gotten rid of from the playoffs. Considering that the NBA does not re-seed teams, the playoff bracket in each conference uses a conventional design, with the winner of the series matching the very first- and eighth-seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the fourth- and fifth-seeded groups, and the winner of the series matching the second- and seventh-seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the 3rd- and sixth-seeded teams. In every round, the best-of-7 series follows a 2–-- 2–-- 1–-- 1–-- 1 home-court pattern, implying that one group will have home court in video games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the other plays at home in video games 3, 4, and 6. From 1985 to 2013, the NBA Finals followed a 2–-- 3–-- 2 pattern, indicating that one group had house court in games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while the other played at house in video games 3, 4, and 5.
The last playoff round, a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences, is called the NBA Finals and is held annually in June. The winner of the NBA Finals receives the Larry O'Brien Championship Prize. Each gamer and significant contributor including coaches and the basic manager on the winning group receive a championship ring. In addition, the league grants the Bill Russell NBA Finals The Majority Of Valuable Player Award to the very best carrying out gamer of the series.
The league started using its present format, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing regardless of divisional positioning, in the 2015–-- 16 season. Previously, the top three seeds went to the department winners.