The NBA season is finally over. It only took around 12 months!
A lot of memories will come up if you think about the past year, like Kobe Bryant leaving everyone, the suspension of the season because of the virus, and the very first NBA Bubble.
Here’s a compilation of more memories regarding the 2019-20 season.
Note: There are too many to mention! Let’s stick with three memories per team…
–Trae Young became an All-Star for the first time.
–John Collins got suspended 25 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program.
-The Hawks had a 10-game losing streak after Trae Young posted “YOUR APOLOGY NEEDS TO BE AS LOUD AS THE DISRESPECT WAS…” on social media.
–Jayson Tatum became an All-Star for the first time.
–Jaylen Brown drove 15 hours to Atlanta to join a protest against police brutality.
–Kemba Walker finally defeated a team that had Lebron James!
–Kevin Durant missed the entire season.
–Kyrie Irving missed most of the season.
-Coach Kenny Atkinson held a huge picture of former player Dennis Scott during a game and used it as a cue card to call a play.
-Hornets owner Michael Jordan became the center of attention because of “The Last Dance” documentary.
-Jordan was also a highlight during Bryant’s memorial because of his speech.
-Hosted the 2020 All-Star Game.
-Jim Boylen’s punch clock.
–Zach LaVine‘s 49-point game, which included the game-winning three-pointer.
-Coach John Beilein called his players “thugs” instead of “slugs” and got in trouble.
-J.B. Bickerstaff replaced Coach Beilein.
–Andre Drummond bashed the Detroit Pistons for not giving him a heads up about being traded.
–Luka Doncic became an All-Star for the first time and was named to the All-NBA First Team.
-First season without Dirk Nowitzki.
–Kristaps Porzingis lost to his former team, the New York Knicks, twice in the span of seven days.
–Nikola Jokic made two game-winning shots in the span of three days.
–Jamal Murray’s scoring outburst in the playoffs.
-The Nuggets were down 1-3 in the first and second round of the playoffs, but still made it to the Western Conference Finals.
–Derrick Rose hit a game-winner against the New Orleans Pelicans back in December.
–Joe Johnson was almost a Piston. He was waived before the season started.
-It still feels weird that Blake Griffin does not play for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Golden State Warriors
-First-year in their new San Francisco arena, Chase Center.
-Small ball success!
–Danuel House broke a rule in the NBA Bubble by having an unauthorized guest in his room.
–Domantas Sabonis became an All-Star for the first time.
-Coach Nate McMillan signed an extension and then got fired?
-Pacers vs. Pelicans: Jrue, Justin, and Aaron Holiday played in the same NBA game.
Los Angeles Clippers
-Failed to reach the Western Conference Finals.
-The departure of Coach Doc Rivers.
Los Angeles Lakers
-The arrival of Anthony Davis.
–LeBron James at Year 17.
-2020 NBA Champs!
–Ja Morant deserved to win “Rookie of the Year” award.
–Andre Iguodala did not play a single game for the Grizzlies.
-The arrival of Jimmy Butler.
–Bam Adebayo became an All-Star for the first time.
-Unexpectedly reached the NBA Finals.
–Giannis Antetokounmpo won the “Most Valuable Player” and “Defensive Player of the Year” awards.
-Bucks decided to boycott a playoff game.
-Unexpectedly failed to reach the NBA Finals.
-The arrival of D’Angelo Russell.
-Timberwolves beat the Clippers by 27 points!
–Karl-Anthony Towns had a personal losing streak of 17 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
-The arrival of Zion Williamson.
–Brandon Ingram became an All-Star for the first time and won the “Most Improved Player” award.
–J.J. Redick missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.
New York Knicks
-Spike Lee’s feud with owner James Dolan.
-Coach David Fizdale got fired.
–RJ Barrett revealed that he is right-handed but shoots with his left hand?
–Aaron Gordon almost won the dunk contest.
–Markelle Fultz almost played a full season worth of games.
-Hosted the NBA Bubble.
Oklahoma City Thunder
-The rise of Luguentz Dort.
-The Thunder overachieved this season.
-The departure of coach Billy Donovan.
–Ben Simmons made a three-pointer!
-Simmons choked Karl-Anthony Towns in a brawl!
-He missed the playoffs due to a left-knee injury.
-The rise of Devin Booker.
-Won all eight games in the NBA Bubble.
–Deandre Ayton was suspended 25 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program.
Portland Trail Blazers
-The return of Carmelo Anthony after being a free agent.
-The return of Jusuf Nurkic from injury.
–Damian Lillard shooting 35-foot shots in the NBA Bubble.
San Antonio Spurs
–Tim Duncan joined the team as an assistant coach.
–Lonnie Walker cut his hair.
-The streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances ended!
–Vlade Divac stepped down as general manager.
–Buddy Hield won the three-point shooting contest.
-Missed the playoffs for the 14th year in a row.
-Team still won at least 50 games without Kawhi Leonard!
–OG Anunoby’s game-winning three-pointer against the Celtics.
–Patrick McCaw failed to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in 4 years!
–Rudy Gobert got the coronavirus, which led to the league-wide shutdown.
-The rise of Donovan Mitchell.
-Blew a 3-1 series lead against the Nuggets.
–John Wall missed the season while recovering from an injury.
–Bradley Beal was left off the All-Star Game roster.
-Beal was snubbed from All-NBA teams.
The NBA Draft on November 18th and a possible January start for the 2020-21 season.
We’ll be enjoying NBA basketball again before you know it!
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