Current years (2014–-- present)
After four seasons with the Miami Heat, LeBron James went back to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014–-- 15 season. He led the team to their second Finals appearance with the assistance of Kyrie Irving Kevin Love Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers in 6 games, led by the Splash Brothers Stephen Curry Klay Thompson. The Cavaliers and the Warriors dealt with each other in the Finals a record four successive times. In the 2015–-- 16 season, the Warriors finished the season 73–-- 9, the very best season record in NBA history However, the Cavaliers got rid of a 3–-- 1 deficit in the Finals to win their first champion In the 2016–-- 17 season, the Warriors gained from the recruitment of free agent Kevin Durant. The Warriors won the Finals against the Cavaliers.
After the departure of James in complimentary company in 2018, the Cavaliers' streak of playoff and Finals appearances ended. The Warriors returned for a fifth successive Finals look in but lost to the Toronto Raptors, who won their first championship after acquiring 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 checked favorable 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 team and a regular playoffs format, with all games played in a bubble Walt Disney World with no 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 credited to cable-cutting, other professional leagues, like the NFL and MLB have actually kept stable viewership demographics. The opening video game of the 2020 Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat generated only 7.41 million audiences to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That is reportedly the lowest viewership seen for the Finals given that a minimum of 1994 when overall audiences started to be routinely recorded and is a 45 percent decline from video game one in between the Golden State Warriors Toronto Raptors, which had 13.51 million viewers a year previously. Some attribute this decrease to the political positions the league and its gamers are taking, while others think about load management, the irregular talent circulation in between the conferences and the cord-cutting of younger viewers as the main reason for the decline.
Following leaders like Vlade Divac Dražen Petrović (Croatia) who joined the NBA in the late 1980s, an increasing variety of global gamers have moved directly from playing somewhere else in the world to starring in the NBA. Since 2006, the NBA has faced EuroLeague in exhibition matches NBA Europe Live Trip, and since 2009, in the EuroLeague American Tour 2013–-- 14 season opened with a record 92 worldwide gamers on the opening night rosters, representing 39 countries and consisting of over 20% of the league.
The start of the 2017–-- 18 season saw a record 108 international gamers representing 42 different nations marking 4 successive years of a minimum of 100 worldwide gamers and each team having at least one worldwide player.
In 2018, the Phoenix Suns hired Serbian coach Igor Koko & scaron; kov as their new head coach, changing Canadian interim coach Jay Triano, making Koko & scaron; kov the very first European coach to end up being a head coach for a group 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 momentarily moved Oklahoma City in 2005 for two seasons because of damage triggered by Cyclone Katrina. The group returned to New Orleans in 2007.
A brand-new official video game ball was introduced on June 28, 2006, for the 2006–-- 07 season, marking the very first change to the ball in over 35 years and only the 2nd ball in 60 seasons.
Spalding, the new ball featured a brand-new design and new synthetic product that Spalding declared used a better grip, feel, and consistency than the initial ball. Nevertheless, many players were singing in their disdain 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 beginning January 1, 2007, the NBA would go back to the standard leather basketball in usage prior to the 2006–-- 07 season. The modification was influenced by frequent gamer complaints and verified hand injuries (cuts) brought on by the microfiber ball.
Players' Association had filed a fit on behalf of the players versus the NBA over the brand-new ball.
Since the 2017–-- 18 season, the NBA team jerseys are produced by Nike, changing the previous supplier, Adidas. All groups will wear jerseys with the Nike logo design other than the Charlotte Hornets, whose jerseys will instead have the Jumpman logo design related to long time Nike endorser Michael Jordan, who owns the Hornets.
Federal Bureau of Examination (FBI) began an investigation on July 19, 2007, over allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bank on basketball games he officiated over the past two seasons and that he made calls impacting 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 were friendly with players and company men for the NBA, and he declared that referees affected the result of certain playoff and finals video games in 2002 and 2005. NBA commissioner David Stern denied the accusations and said Donaghy was a convicted felon and a singing, complying witness.
Donaghy served 15 months in prison and was launched in November 2009.
According to an independent study by Ronald Beech of Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, although the refs increased the Lakers' chances of winning through foul calls during the game, there was no collusion to fix the video game. On alleged star treatment throughout Game 6 by the referees towards certain players, Beech declared, there does appear to be problems with various standards and allowances for various players. The NBA Board of Governors authorized the demand of the Seattle SuperSonics transfer to Oklahoma City on April 18, 2008.
The team, however, might stagnate up until it had actually settled a suit filed by the city of Seattle, which was meant to keep the SuperSonics in Seattle for the staying 2 seasons of the team's lease at KeyArena. Following a court case, the city of Seattle settled with the ownership group of the SuperSonics on July 2, 2008, enabling the team to transfer to Oklahoma City right away in exchange for ending the last 2 seasons of the group's lease at KeyArena.
Oklahoma City Thunder began playing in the 2008–-- 09 season.
The very first outside game in the contemporary age of the league was dipped into the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on October 11, 2008, between the Phoenix Suns Denver Nuggets The very first authorities NBA league games on European ground took place in 2011. In two 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 During the 2013–-- 14 season, Stern retired as commissioner after 30 years, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver ascended to the position of commissioner. Throughout that season's playoffs, the Bobcats officially reclaimed the Hornets name, and by agreement with the league and the Pelicans, likewise received sole ownership of all history, records, and statistics from the Pelicans' time in Charlotte. As an outcome, the Hornets are now officially considered to have been founded in 1988, suspended operations in 2002, and resumed in 2004 as the Bobcats, while the Pelicans are officially treated as a 2002 expansion team.
(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 ban from the NBA on April 29, 2014 after racist remarks he made ended up being public. Sterling was also fined US$ 2.5 million, the optimum permitted under the NBA Constitution.
Becky Hammon was employed by the San Antonio Spurs on August 5, 2014, as an assistant coach, ending up being the 2nd female coach in NBA history however the first full-time coach.
This likewise makes her the very first full-time female coach in any of the four significant professional sports in The United States and Canada.
The NBA announced on April 15, 2016, that it would enable all 30 of its groups to sell corporate sponsor advertisement spots on official video game uniforms, starting with the 2017–-- 18 season. The sponsorship ad spots would appear on the left front of jerseys, opposite Nike's logo, marking the very first time a producer's logo would appear on NBA jerseys, and would measure approximately 2.5 by 2.5 inches. The NBA would end up being the very first major North American professional sports league to permit corporate sponsorship logo designs on official team uniforms, and the last to have an uniform manufacturer logo appear on its group uniforms.
The first string to announce a jersey sponsorship was the Philadelphia 76ers, who agreed to a handle StubHub On July 6, 2017, the NBA revealed an updated rendition of its logo design; it was largely similar to the previous style, except with modified typography and a richer color scheme. The league began to stage in the updated logo design across its homes throughout the 2017 NBA Summertime League The NBA also officially released new Nike uniforms for all 30 teams starting with the 2017–-- 18 season. The league eliminated home and away consistent designations. Instead, each team would have four or six uniforms: the Association edition, which is the group's white uniform, the Icon edition, which is the team's color uniform, and the Declaration and City uniforms, which most groups use as an alternate uniform.
In 2018, the NBA likewise launched the Made uniform.
Following the summertime break, teams start training camps in late September. Training camps enable the training personnel to examine players (specifically rookies), search the team's strengths and weak points, prepare the players for the rigorous routine season and determine the 12-man active roster (and a 3-man inactive list) with which they will start the regular season. Groups have the ability to designate players with less than two years of experience to the NBA G League. After training camp, a series of preseason exhibition games are held. Preseason matches are often held in non-NBA cities, both in the United States and overseas. The NBA routine season begins in the recently of October.
During the regular season, each group plays 82 video games, 41 each house and away. A team faces opponents in its own division four times a year (16 video games). Each team plays 6 of the teams from the other 2 departments in its conference four times (24 games), and the staying 4 teams three times (12 games). Lastly, each team plays all the teams in the other conference twice apiece (30 games). This asymmetrical structure suggests the strength of schedule will differ between groups (however not as considerably as the NFL MLB ). Over five seasons, each group will have played 80 games against their department (20 video games versus each opponent, 10 in the house, 10 on the roadway), 180 games against the rest of their conference (18 video games against each opponent, 9 in your home, 9 on the roadway), and 150 games against the other conference (10 games against each team, 5 at home, 5 on the roadway).
The NBA is likewise the only league that routinely schedules video games on Christmas The league has been playing video games regularly on the vacation because 1947, though the first Christmas Day games were not televised till Games used this day have featured some of the best groups and gamers.
Christmas is likewise noteworthy for NBA on tv, as the vacation is when the first NBA video games air on network television each season.
Games played on this day have been some of the highest-rated video games during a specific season.
In February, the routine season pauses to celebrate the annual NBA All-Star Video game. Fans vote throughout the United States, Canada, and on the Web, and the leading vote-getters in each conference are named captains. Fan votes determine the rest of the allstar beginners. Coaches vote to choose the remaining 14 All-Stars. Then, the top vote-getters in each conference draft their own team from a player pool of allstars. The top vote-getter in the league makes first pick etc. The gamer with the best efficiency during the game is rewarded with a Video game MVP award. Other destinations of the All-Star break consist of the Increasing Stars Difficulty (originally Rookie Difficulty), where the leading rookies and second-year gamers in the NBA play in a 5-on-5 basketball game, with the current format pitting U.S. gamers versus those from the rest of the world; the Skills Obstacle, where players compete to finish an obstacle course including shooting, passing, and dribbling in the fastest time; the 3 Point Contest, where gamers compete to score the greatest number of three-point basket in a provided time; and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where players complete to soak the ball in the most entertaining way according to the judges. These other destinations have differing names which include the names of the numerous sponsors who have paid for naming rights.
Shortly after the All-Star break is the trade due date, which is set to fall on the 16th Thursday of the season (usually in February) at 3pm Eastern Time After this date, teams are not allowed to exchange gamers with each other for the remainder of the season, although they may still sign and release gamers. Major trades are often completed right before the trading due date, making that day a chaotic time for basic managers Around the middle of April, the regular season ends. It is during this time that ballot begins for individual awards, in addition to the selection of the honorary, league-wide, post-season teams. The Sixth Male of the Year Award is given to the very best gamer coming off the bench (should have more video games coming off the bench than real video games started). The Novice of the Year Award is awarded to the most exceptional first-year player. One Of The Most Enhanced Player Award is granted to the player who is considered to have revealed the most improvement from the previous season. The Defensive Gamer of the Year Award is awarded to the league's best protector. The Coach of the Year Award is awarded to the coach that has actually made the most favorable distinction to a team. One Of The Most Prized Possession Player Award is given to the player considered the most important for (his team) that season. Furthermore, Sporting News grants an informal (but commonly acknowledged) Executive of the Year Award to the general manager who is adjudged to have performed the very best job for the advantage of his franchise.
The NBA playoffs start in April after the conclusion of the regular season with the top eight teams in each conference, regardless of divisional positioning, contending for the league's championship title, the Larry O'Brien Champion Prize. Seeds are granted in strict order of regular season record (with a tiebreaker system used as required).
Having a higher seed uses several benefits. Given that the very first seed starts the playoffs betting the 8th seed, the 2nd seed plays the seventh seed, the 3rd seed plays the sixth seed, and the fourth seed plays the 5th seed, having a greater seed indicates a group faces a weaker team in the first round. The group in each series with the better record has home-court advantage, consisting of the Preliminary. Before the league altered its playoff decision format for the 2006–-- 07 season, this meant that, for instance, if the team that received the sixth seed had a much better record than the team with the third seed (by virtue of a divisional champion), the 6th seed would have home-court benefit, although the other group had a higher seed. For that reason, the group with the best regular season record in the league is guaranteed home-court benefit in every series it plays. For example, in 2006, the Denver Nuggets won 44 video games and recorded the Northwest Department and the third seed. Their opponent was the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, who won 47 games and completed second in the Pacific Department. Although Denver won its much weaker division, the Clippers had a home-court advantage 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 string to win 4 games advancing into the next round, while the other team is removed from the playoffs. In the next round, the successful team plays against another advancing team of the same conference. All however one group in each conference are removed from the playoffs. Considering that the NBA does not re-seed groups, the playoff bracket in each conference uses a standard design, with the winner of the series matching the first- and eighth-seeded groups playing the winner of the series matching the 4th- and fifth-seeded groups, and the winner of the series matching the 2nd- and seventh-seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the third- and sixth-seeded teams. In every round, the best-of-7 series follows a 2–-- 2–-- 1–-- 1–-- 1 home-court pattern, meaning that one group will have home court in video games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the other plays at home in games 3, 4, and 6. From 1985 to 2013, the NBA Finals followed a 2–-- 3–-- 2 pattern, meaning that one team had home court in games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while the other played at house in 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 each year in June. The winner of the NBA Finals gets the Larry O'Brien Champion Prize. Each player and major factor including coaches and the general supervisor on the winning group get a champion ring. In addition, the league awards the Costs Russell NBA Finals Many Prized Possession Player Award to the best performing gamer of the series.
The league began using its existing format, with the leading 8 teams in each conference advancing no matter divisional alignment, in the 2015–-- 16 season. Previously, the top 3 seeds went to the department winners.