Timeline: A Year That Changed the N.B.A.

In some other 12 months, N.B.A. groups could be gearing up for a brand new season at the moment. A champion would had been topped in June. Unfastened brokers would have signed large offers in July. Everybody would have long past on holiday in August.

However this 12 months, the N.B.A. remains to be seeking to entire its outdated season, the one who started just about a 12 months in the past. It’s been an extended 12 months of basketball — and so a lot more.

Primary trades and a chaotic unfastened company duration shifted the N.B.A.’s hierarchy.

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Jimmy Butler joined the Miami Warmth from Philadelphia in a deal that used to be overshadowed on the time however has proved vital throughout the postseason.

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Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, mocked for rarely shooting from outside, hit the first 3-pointer of his career.

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David Stern died on New Year’s Day at age 77.

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The N.B.A. took the unusual step of postponing a game between the Lakers and Clippers because the players were grieving.

The night before Bryant died, he congratulated LeBron James for passing him for third on the N.B.A.’s career scoring list.

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As Bryant’s family prepared for his memorial, and the N.B.A. made plans to honor him during All-Star Weekend, the season carried on to the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

In Memphis, that meant focusing on Andre Iguodala. The Warriors veteran had been traded to the Grizzlies in the off-season but had not reported while the team sought to trade him.

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Some players, such as Milwaukee’s George Hill, worried that resuming the season would distract from the raging social justice movement.

The league and players agreed to incorporate social justice symbols into the restart, and team owners pledged millions of dollars for related causes.

Kneeling during the national anthem became commonplace, though not universal, at N.B.A. games.

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