• October 12, 1989
The NBA joined ABA/USA, the nations representative in FIBA. ABA/USA changed its name to USA Basketball.
• November 3, 1989
Sarunas Marciulionis and Alexander Volkov became the first players from the then-Soviet Union to participate in a regular season NBA game. Marciulionis scored 19 points as Golden State lost to Phoenix 136-106, and Volkov was held scoreless as Atlanta was defeated by Indiana 126-103.
• November 9, 1989
The NBA and NBC reached agreement on a four-year, $600 million contract granting NBC exclusive broadcast rights to the NBA from 1990-91 through 1993-94.
• November 10, 1989
The Associated Press named NBA Commissioner David J. Stem the Sports Executive of the Decade for the 1980s. The AP's NBA award winners were: Team of the Decade (Los Angeles Lakers), Coach of the Decade (Pat Riley) and Player of the Decade (Magic Johnson).
• November 18, 1989
For the first time in NBA history, two players from the Soviet Union met on the court--Atlanta's Alexander Volkov and Golden State's Sarunas Marciulionis, who were teammates on the Soviet team that won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in South Korea. On this night, Volkov came out on top, as the Hawks downed the Warriors 112-96.
• February 10, 1990
The NBA elevated NBA Executive Vice President Russell T. Granik to Deputy Commissioner--the league's Chief Operating Officer.
• February 11, 1990
The NBA Stay in School Celebration (now the TeamUp Youth Celebration) started in Miami during All-Star Weekend.
• September 28, 1990
Lawrence O'Brien, the NBA's third Commissioner, died at the age of 73.
• October 27, 1990
October 27, 1990
"Inside Stuff," a weekly half-hour highlight show produced by NBA Entertainment, debuted.
• November 2, 1990
The Phoenix Suns defeated the Utah Jazz, 119-96, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan in the first regular season game played outside North America by any major professional sports league. The teams also met the next afternoon in Tokyo, with the Jazz winning, 102-101.
• March 22, 1991
Phoenix guard Kevin Johnson honored by President George Bush as the 411th "Daily Point of Light" in recognition of Johnson's work in helping the youth of his hometown of Sacramento, CA.
• September 21, 1991
USA Basketball announced the "Dream Team" for the 1992 Olympics: Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton. USA Basketball named Christian Laettner and Clyde Drexler to the team on May 12, 1992.
• October 21, 1991
NBA Entertainment announced plans to produce its second weekly television series entitled "NBA Action," a half-hour highlight show designed to be distributed nationally and internationally.
• November 7, 1991
Earvin "Magic" Johnson retired from the NBA after disclosing that he had tested positive for the HIV virus. Johnson, who helped lead the Lakers to five NBA titles, retired as the league's all-time leader in career assists with 9,921. That assist mark was later surpassed by Utah's John Stockton.
• February 9, 1992
Magic Johnson, playing for the first time since announcing his retirement on Nov. 7, 1991 scored a game-high 25 points and dished off for a game-high nine assists to lead the West to a 153-113 win over the East in the 42nd annual NBA All-Star Game at the Orlando Arena. For his memorable effort, Johnson was honored with the second All-Star Game MVP award of his career.
• March 23, 1992
Atlanta rookie Stacey Augmon scored 32 points to lead the Hawks to a 126-125 overtime win over Golden State at the Omni, and his layup at 7:41 of the second quarter accounted for the 6,000,000th point in NBA history.
• April 14, 1992
In Istanbul, Turkey, the NBA World Clinic Tour began its third season. The Tour included activities in Israel, Sweden, Belgium, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and China.
• June 24, 1992
Portland became the first city outside of New York to host the NBA Draft. Held at the Memorial Coliseum, Orlando tabbed 7-1 center Shaquille O'Neal of LSU with the first overall pick.
• August 8, 1992
The USA Olympic Men's Basketball Team, nicknamed the "Dream Team" and featuring NBA stars (Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, John Stockton) for the first time, defeated Croatia, 117-85, to win the Gold Medal at the Barcelona Olympics.
• August 18, 1992
Boston Celtic Larry Bird announced his retirement from the NBA after 13 seasons. Bird joined the Celtics management as a special assistant to Celtics Senior Executive Vice President Dave Gavitt.
• September 10, 1992
NBA held first day of its three-day World Clinic at the Central Universitario Mexico Gymnasium, marking the first NBA event ever to be held in Mexico.
• October 27, 1992
The Houston Rockets defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 104-102, in a preseason game held at the Mexico City Sports Palace before a crowd of 19,527. It was the first NBA preseason game ever played in Mexico.
• November 6, 1992
Two years after becoming the first major professional sports league to play regular season games outside of North America, the NBA returned to Japan for a pair of games to open the 1992-93 season. Shawn Kemp's 29 points and 20 rebounds led Seattle to a 111-94 win over Houston before a sellout crowd of 15,640 at Yokohama Arena. The SuperSonics completed a Far East sweep the next afternoon with an 89-85 win.
• February 18, 1993
The NBA Jam Session Presented by Fleer debuted at the 1993 All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.
• April 28, 1993
The NBA and NBC announced agreement on a four-year, $750 million contract extending NBC's exclusive broadcast rights to the NBA from 1994-95 through 1997-98.
• September 21, 1993
The NBA and Turner Sports announced agreement on a four-year, $352 million contract extending Turner's exclusive national cable broadcast rights to the NBA from 1994-95 through 1997-98.
• October 6, 1993
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announced his retirement from the NBA at a news conference in Deerfield, IL. Jordan's retirement after nine seasons came less than four months after he helped lead the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA Championship with a six-game victory over Phoenix in the 1993 NBA Finals. His nine-year totals included 21,541 career points, seven straight league scoring titles (1987-93), an NBA record-high career scoring average (32.3 ppg), and three regular season and three NBA Finals MVP awards.
• October 18, 1993
NBA Commissioner David J. Stern and the Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation, Boris Stankovic, jointly announced that the Most Valuable Player award for the McDonald's Open would be named the Drazen Petrovic Trophy, honoring the late New Jersey star killed in a car accident in Germany on June 7, 1993.
• October 23, 1993
In the finals of the sixth McDonald's Open, held at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany, the Phoenix Suns defeated Italian League champion Buckler Bologna 112-90, as Charles Barkley led all scorers with 28 points. Barkley was awarded the Drazen Petrovic Trophy as MVP of the tournament, after scoring 52 points in two games.
• October 24, 1993
Before a sellout crowd of 20,808 at the Mexico City Sports Palace, the New York Knicks defeated the Houston Rockets 103-93 in a preseason matchup, led by 20 points each from Patrick Ewing and Charles Smith.
• October 30, 1993
In the first preseason game between two NBA teams ever played in Europe, the Orlando Magic, behind 14 fourth-quarter points from Dennis Scott, defeated the Atlanta Hawks 120-95 before a sold-out crowd of 9,483 at Wembley Arena in the opening of the two-game NBA London Games series.
• November 4, 1993
The NBA Board of Governors awarded an expansion franchise to Toronto, Canada, bringing the total number of teams in the NBA to 28. The Toronto Raptors entered the NBA in 1995-96.
• November 11, 1993
The NBA Board of Governors voted to adopt a modified NBA Draft Lottery system that increased the chances of the teams with the worst records in the league of winning one of the first three picks in the NBA Draft.
• February 12, 1994
The Phenoms, led by Golden State's Chris Webber (14 points, 10 rebounds), defeated the Sensations, 75-68, in the inaugural Schick Rookie Game at All-Star Saturday, held at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
• April 3, 1994
"NBA Weekly," a half-hour magazine show produced by NBA Entertainment for Japan's TV Tokyo, debuted.
• April 27, 1994
The NBA Board of Governors awarded an expansion franchise to Vancouver, Canada, increasing the total number of teams in the NBA to 29. The Vancouver Grizzlies entered the NBA in 1995-96.
• May 7, 1994
In one of the biggest upsets in NBA Playoff history, eighth-seeded Denver eliminated top-seeded Seattle, 98-94, in overtime in Game 5 of their Western Conference First Round series at the Seattle Coliseum. The Nuggets, who won the last three games of the series, became the first # 8 seed to upset a # 1 seed since the First Round of the NBA Playoffs went to a best-of-five format in 1984.
• June 8, 1994
CCTV-China broadcasted Game #1 of the 1994 NBA Finals live. The network broadcasted all seven games of the NBA Finals, marking the first time every game of the NBA Finals had ever been carried live in China.
• August 14, 1994
The U S basketball team, "Dream Team II," defeated Russia, 137-91, to win the gold medal in the World Championship of Basketball in Toronto, Canada. Shaquille O'Neal, who averaged 18.0 points per game, is named the tournament's MVP.
• October 18, 1994
A sellout crowd of 15,324 at the Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris, France watched Golden State defeat Charlotte 132-116, behind Chris Mullin's game-high 25 points The game in Paris was one of 11 NBA games played outside the United States during the 1994 preseason.
• October 29, 1994
On the second day of the two-day "NBA Challenge" in Mexico City, a sellout crowd of 21,268 at the Palacio de los Deportes (Sports Palace) watched Seattle defeat San Antonio 124-95 in the championship game, led by Shawn Kemp's 29 points and 10 rebounds In the third place game, Houston defeated the LA Clippers 111-103.
• November 12, 1994
NBA All-Star balloting extended beyond the United States for the first time, as ballots were made available to fans at Foot Locker stores in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.
• November 15, 1994
Radio station KAZN-AM in Los Angeles aired a broadcast of the Lakers-Clippers game in Mandarin Chinese, making it the first time an NBA game was broadcast in Chinese in the United States. NBA games had previously been broadcast on radio in the U.S. in Spanish and Navajo Indian.
• January 6, 1995
Atlanta Coach Lenny Wilkens passed the legendary Red Auerbach to become the NBA's all-time winningest coach, with 939 career victories, after the Hawks defeated Washington 112-90 at the Omni. Wilkens reached the victory record in his 22nd year as an NBA coach, including four as a player-coach.
• January 26, 1995
With a record 6,254,427 ballots cast by fans in the Foot Locker NBA All-Star Voting program, Detroit's Grant Hill became the first rookie ever to lead all NBA players in All-Star votes received, earning the nod on 1,289,585 ballots.
• February 1, 1995
With a crisp bounce pass to teammate Karl Malone, who hit a jumper from the corner, Utah guard John Stockton became the NBA's all-time leader in assists with 9,922, surpassing the mark previously established by Magic Johnson. Utah topped visiting Denver 129-88 and Stockton finished with a game-high 16 assists.
• February 10, 1995
FIBA and the NBA announced that the winner of the NBA Finals will represent the National Basketball Association in the McDonald's Championship to be played the following October. The McDonald's Championship, formerly known as the McDonald's Open, was established as a joint effort by FIBA and the NBA in 1987.
• March 18, 1995
The Chicago Bulls activated Michael Jordan from the retirement list. Less than 24 hours later, Jordan scored 19 points in the Bulls' 103-96 overtime loss to Indiana at Market Square Arena.
• October 21, 1995
The Houston Rockets defeated Buckler Bologna of Italy, 126-112, in the championship game of the six-team McDonald's Championship, in front of a sellout crowd of 10,708 at London Arena in London, England. The Rockets were the first reigning NBA Champions to play in the McDonald's Championship
• November 3, 1995
NBA.com, the NBA's official site on the World Wide Web, launched.
• November 7, 1995
NBA All-Star balloting tipped off globally for the first time as Foot Locker, World Foot Locker and Kids Foot Locker stores in North America, Europe, Australia and Hong Kong provided ballot boxes for fans to cast their votes. Ballots were produced in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch and English. Fans also continued to vote in NBA arenas and via NBA.com.
• December 7, 1995
Veteran NBA referee Jake O'Donnell announced his retirement after officiating more than 2,100 regular-season and 279 playoff and 39 NBA Finals games in 28 seasons in the league.
• December 7, 1995
The NBA and the National Basketball Referees Association signed a five-year labor agreement, through the 1999-2000 season, ending a lockout of referees that began on October 1.
• December 26, 1995
The NBA Jam Session presented by Fleer, the league's interactive basketball attraction, opened at the annual Barcelona Children's Festival in Spain, the first time that Jam Session has ventured onto European soil.
• January 29, 1996
The L.A. Lakers activated Earvin "Magic" Johnson from the retirement list. Johnson tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in his first game back to lead the Lakers to a 128-118 victory over Golden State at the Great Western Forum on January 30.
• March 1, 1996
Atlanta's Lenny Wilkens became the first coach in the NBA to reach 1,000 career victories when the Hawks downed the Cavaliers 74-68.
• April 6, 1996
Charlotte's Robert Parish became the NBA's all-time leader in games played, surpassing the previous record of 1,560 set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Parish, who joined Abdul-Jabbar as the only individuals to play in the NBA for 20 seasons, finished the season with 1,568 games played.
• April 21, 1996
Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon rejected three shots in the Rockets' season-ending 118-110 victory over Phoenix to reach 3,190 career blocks, giving him the all-time record and bettering Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's previous mark by one.
• April 21, 1996
The Chicago Bulls defeated the Washington Bullets, 103-93, to finish the season with a 72-10 record and .878 winning percentage, which eclipsed the NBA record set by the 1971-72 Lakers, who went 69-13 for an .841 percentage. The victory over Washington earned Chicago their 33rd road victory, the most ever in a season by an NBA team.
• April 21, 1996
The NBA, boosted by the presence of Canadian expansion franchises in Toronto and Vancouver, set an all-time attendance record for the 11th time in 13 seasons after drawing 20,513,218 fans to 1,189 games. The average attendance of 17,252 per game also set a record, with Charlotte's average of 24,042 fans per game leading the league.
• April 24, 1996
The NBA Board of Governors approved the concept of the Women's National Basketball Association to begin play as a summer league in 1997.
• May 14, 1996
One of the NBA's greatest stars ever, Earvin "Magic" Johnson of the LA Lakers, announced his retirement.
• May 21, 1996
Chicago's 93-88 home win over Orlando in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals draws an 8.6 rating and a 13.8 share on TNT. With nearly 8.2 million persons tuning in, it is the most-watched NBA game in cable television history.
• June 5, 1996
Global television coverage of the 1996 NBA Finals between Chicago and Seattle reached a record 169 countries on six continents in 40 different languages. The Bulls' 107-90 win in Game 1 at the United Center earns a 16.8 rating and a 31 share on NBC and is viewed in a record 16,111,200 homes.
• June 16, 1996
June 16, 1996
Chicago's series-clinching victory over Seattle drew an 18.8 rating and a 35 share on NBC, with the game pulling in an estimated 60 million viewers, making it the most-watched NBA game ever on television. The six games of the Chicago-Seattle series averaged a 16.7 rating, ranking second all-time behind the six games of the 1993 Chicago-Phoenix series, which averaged a 17.9 rating.
• July 11, 1996
The National Basketball Association announced that a new collective bargaining agreement extending through the 2000-2001 season was signed with the National Basketball Players Association.
• August 4, 1996
The United States defeated Yugoslavia, 95-69, to capture the Gold Medal at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. The team, comprised of Charles Barkley, Anfernee Hardaway, Grant Hill, Karl Malone, Reggie Miller, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Payton, Scottie Pippen, Mitch Richmond, David Robinson and John Stockton, is the second-ever Olympic team comprised solely of NBA players.
• August 7, 1996
Val Ackerman named President of the Women's National Basketball Association.
• October 15, 1996
Dee Kantner officiated the Portland at Golden State preseason game to become the first woman in NBA history to officiate a game--preseason or regular season.
• October 29, 1996
The NBA announced the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Archibald, Paul Arizin, Charles Barkley, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Billy Cunningham, Dave DeBusschere, Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, George Gervin, Hal Greer, John Havlicek, Elvin Hayes, Earvin Johnson, Sam Jones, Michael Jordan, Jerry Lucas, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Pete Maravich, Kevin McHale, George Mikan, Earl Monroe, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish, Bob Pettit, Scottie Pippen, Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, David Robinson, Bill Russell, Dolph Schayes, Bill Sharman, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld, Bill Walton, Jerry West, Lenny Wilkens, and James Worthy.
• October 30, 1996
The WNBA announced the eight cities that would be granted franchises for the league's innaugural season: Charlotte, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento and Utah.
• November 1, 1996
Fifty years to the day that the first NBA game was played in Toronto, the "NBA at 50" celebration began when the Knicks defeated the Raptors 107-99 in a rematch of the two cities that played in the original game.
• December 1, 1996
Hersey Hawkins of the Seattle SuperSonics scored the 7,000,000th point in NBA history on a 12-foot jumper with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter of the Sonics' 96-90 loss to visiting Utah.
• December 5, 1996
Portland's Jermaine O'Neal, who celebrated his 18th birthday on October 13, became the youngest player ever to participate in an NBA game.
• December 12, 1996
NBA games are "cybercast" worldwide over the Internet via ESPNET SportsZone for the first time in league history.
• December 17, 1996
The NBA announced the Top Ten Coaches in NBA History, as determined by media who regularly cover the league: Red Auerbach, Chuck Daly, Bill Fitch, Red Holzman, Phil Jackson, John Kundla, Don Nelson, Jack Ramsay, Pat Riley and Lenny Wilkens.
• January 8, 1997
The NBA announced the Top Ten Teams in NBA History, as determined by media who regularly cover the league: 1964-65 Boston Celtics, 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, 1969-70 New York Knicks, 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers, 1985-86 Boston Celtics, 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers, 1988-89 Detroit Pistons, 1991-92 Chicago Bulls and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls
• February 9, 1997
The 50 Greatest Players in NBA History are honored in a ceremony during halftime of the All-Star Game at Cleveland's Gund Arena. (Only the deceased Pete Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal and Jerry West are not in attendance.) The event marks the official end of the "NBA at 50" celebration.
• June 4, 1997
The NBA announced that the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets will play an NBA regular season game in Mexico on December 6, 1997. The event will mark the first time the NBA has staged a regular season game in Mexico, which joins Japan as the only two countries outside of the United States and Canada to host an NBA regular season game.
• June 21, 1997
The New York Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks, 67-57, in the innaugural WNBA game before a sold-out crowd of 14,284 fans at the Great Western Forum. Later in the day, the Houston Comets beat Cleveland, 76-56, and the Sacramento Monarchs beat the Utah Starzz, 70-60.
• August 30, 1997
The Houston Comets defeated the New York Liberty, 65-51, becoming the first WNBA Champions. Regular-season MVP Cynthia Cooper, the leading scorer with 25 points, was named the Championship MVP.
• November 4, 1997
Milwaukee ended Orlando's NBA-record streak of 316 straight games with a three pointer in a 110-76 win for the Bucks.
• November 14, 1997
Phoenix's 140-139 quadruple overtime game was the eighth such even in NBA history, and the first since Golden State defeated New Jersey 150-147 February 1, 1987.
• November 15, 1997
With a 96-93 win over Denver, Miami head coach Pat Riley moved past Jack Ramsay (864) for sole possession of fifth-place on the all-time win list.
• November 20, 1997
Dallas' A.C. Green set an NBA record with his 907th consecutive game in a matchup against Golden State.
• November 29, 1997
After 24 seasons at US Airways Arena in Landover, MD., the Washington Wizards played their final game there against the Chicago Bulls, an 88-83 Chicago win.
• December 2, 1997
The Washington Wizards begin a new era when they opened the doors to the downtown MCI Center in a matchup against Seattle.
• December 4, 1997
Dallas announced that General Manager Don Nelson would replace Jim Cleamons as head coach. Golden State's Latrell Sprewell is suspended without pay for one year by NBA Commissioner David Stern.
• December 6, 1997
The Houston Rockets defeat the Dallas Mavericks 108-106 in the first regular season game to be played in Mexico City at the Palacio de Deportes.
• December 9, 1997
Chicago's Michael Jordan becomes the third-leading scorer in a 100-82 win over New York, scoring 29 points to give him 27,432 points over 13 season. Jordan passed Moses Malone who had scored 27,409 in 19 seasons.
• December 15, 1997
Chicago plays Phoenix in front of their 500th consecutive home sellout. It is the longest streak and third-longest in NBA history. Portland had 814 and Boston is next on the list with 662.
• December 23, 1997
Chicago's Phil Jackson recorded his 500th victory as an NBA coach, reaching the mark in his 682nd game, faster than any other coach in NBA history.
• December 30, 1997
Chicago's Michael Jordan scored 33 points to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's mark of 787 consecutive games with at least 10 points.
• December 30, 1997
Utah notched the franchise's 1,000th win after defeating Denver 132-99.
• January 7, 1998
Los Angeles Clipper head coach Bill Fitch tied Dick Motta (935) for third on the coaching victory list after a 110-102 win over Vancouver.
• January 8, 1998
Utah's Karl Malone moved past former Boston Celtic John Havlicek (26,395) and into eighth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. In the same game Malone also started his 500th consecutive game and passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6,712) to move into sixth place on the NBA's all-time list for free throws made.
• January 18, 1998
Former Boston Celtic Robert Parish is honored by having his No. 00 raised to the FleetCenter rafters at halftime of a game vs. Indiana. The game marked the return of Larry Bird to Boston as head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
• January 19, 1998
Los Angeles Laker broadcaster Chick Hearn announced his 3,000th consecutive game. Hearn last missed a broadcast on November 20, 1965.
• January 23, 1998
Denver tied the single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96. The streak halted with a 99-81 win the next day vs. the Los Angeles Clippers.
• January 25, 1998
Michael Jordan led all players in votes received for a record ninth time in his career and Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest starter in NBA All-Star Game history after the final returns in the 1998 McDonald's NBA All-Star voting program.
• February 1, 1998
Karl Malone scored 20 points to pass Oscar Robertson for sixth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
• February 2, 1998
Three-time NBA MVP Larry Bird headlines a list of 11 nominees for induction into the Naismith Memorial basketball Hall of Fame, the Hall announced in Springfield, Mass.
• February 8, 1998
Michael Jordan scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and also dished a team-high eight assists on way to being named the 1998 NBA All-Star Game MVP. One night earlier, Utah's Jeff Hornacek survived an overtime en route to winning the 1998 AT&T Shootout while Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas who scored a game high 18 points is named the Schick Rookie Game MVP. Houston Rocket Clyde Drexler and Houston Comet Cynthia Cooper captured the title in the debut of the NestlT Crunch All-Star 2ball competition with a 73-61 win over Utah.
• February 10, 1998
Atlanta's Lenny Wilken's earned his 1,100th career victory with a 108-100 defeat of Milwaukee.
• February 10, 1998
Clyde Drexler joined John Havlicek, Oscar Robertson and Jerry West as the only NBA players with 6,000 assists and 20,000 points.
• February 25, 1998
Bill Fitch passed Red Auerbach (938) to become the second-winnings coach in NBA history with a 117-108 win over Philadelphia.
• March 4, 1998
Arbitrator John Feerick upheld the NBA's suspension of Latrell Sprewell for the 1997-98 season, resulting in a monetary penalty of $6.4 million, finding that the NBA's investigation was "done in good faith and was fair and adequate. Feerick also found "that the NBA complied with the standards of industrial due process." He reduced the NBA's suspension to the extent it had included approximately one month of the 1998-99 season. However, the arbitrator reinstated Sprewell's contract with Golden State for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, finding that the combination of a one-season suspension and a contract termination would not be appropriate under all of the circumstances.
• March 11, 1998
Utah clinched a spot in the 1998 NBA Playoffs with a 110-95 defeat of Sacramento, marking the 15th consecutive season the team has made the post-season.
• March 12, 1998
Hakeem Olajuwon joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in NBA history with at least 24,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 2,500 assists.
• March 18, 1998
Clyde Drexler announced that he will retire following the conclusion of the 1997-98 season after agreeing to become the men's head basketball coach at the University of Houston.
• March 27, 1998
62,046 fans witnessed Chicago's 89-74 win over Atlanta in the Georgia Dome.
• March 29, 1998
Indiana scored a record low 55 points (since the introduction of the 24-second shot clock) in a 74-55 loss to San Antonio.
• April 3, 1998
Michael Jordan reached 29,000 career points in a 107-93 win over Minnesota. He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to reach that plateau.
• April 19, 1998
Karl Malone finishes the season with 2,190 points, an NBA record 11th consecutive season he has reached the 2,000 point plateau.
• April 27, 1998
San Antonio's Tim Duncan is named the Schick Rookie of the Year after receiving 113 of a possible 116 votes. Duncan, the first selection in the 1997 NBA Draft, averaged 21.1 points, 11.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.51 blocked shots, while shooting .549 (706-for-1,287) from the field in 39.1 minutes per game.
• May 5, 1998
Atlanta's Dikembe Mutombo is named the winner of the 1997-98 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, becoming the first player in NBA history to win the award three times.
• May 6, 1998
Michael Jordan becomes the first player in history to be selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times when the NBA announced the 1997-98 NBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams.
• May 12, 1998
Larry Bird is named the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 1997-98 IBM Coach of the Year.
• May 18, 1998
Michael Jordan is named the 1997-98 NBA MVP, earning his fifth MVP honor.
• May 21, 1998
The Sacramento Kings trade veterans Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe to the Washington Wizards for Chris Webber.
• June 14, 1998
The Chicago Bulls clinch their sixth NBA Championship in eight seasons in a thrilling 87-86 win played at the Delta Center. Michael Jordan earned himself his sixth NBA Finals MVP after averaging 33.5 points per game in the series.
• September 24, 1998
The NBA announced that player training camps for the 1998-99 season have been postponed indefinitely because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association. Training camps were scheduled to open on October 5.
• October 6, 1998
The NBA announced today that all 114 preseason games for this year have been canceled because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association.
• October 13, 1998
The NBA announced that it has canceled the first two weeks of the 1998-99 season because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association. This includes all games originally scheduled to be played through November 16.
• October 28, 1998
The NBA announced that it has canceled all games through November 30 and indefinitely postponed the entire 1998-99 season because of the stalled collective bargaining negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association.
• December 8, 1998
The NBA announced the cancellation of the 1999 NBA All-Star Weekend, including the 49th Annual NBA All-Star Game scheduled for February 14 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia. This is the first time that the annual event had been cancelled. The cancellation was due a labor dispute between the NBA and the NBPA.
• January 7, 1999
The NBA Board of Governors unanimously ratified the new six-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the National Basketball Players Association, setting the stage for the 1998-99 season to get underway. The agreement runs through the 2003-2004 NBA season.
• January 13, 1999
Chicago's Michael Jordan announced his retirement from the NBA.
• January 20, 1999
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association singed the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, that opened the way for training camps to begin.
• February 10, 1999
Golden State's John Starks hit the 1,000th three-pointer of his career in an 89-82 loss to Seattle. Starks became the 15th player in NBA history to make 1,000 three-point field goals.
• February 12, 1999
Mark Price announced his retirement from the NBA at a news conference at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, where he starred for Georgia Tech from 1982 to 1986.
• February 16, 1999
Gary Gerould, the voice of the Sacramento Kings, announced his 1,000 broadcast during the Kings 101-98 win over the Boston Celtics.
• February 17, 1999
Minnesota's Stephon Marbury becomes the fifth player in NBA history to register at least 40 points and 10 assists with no turnovers in a game when he had 40 points, 12 assists and 0 turnovers in the Timberwolves' 116-102 defeat of Houston at the Target Center.
• February 25, 1999
The NBA and Hard Rock Cafe, International broke ground and unveiled the name - NBA City - and logo of the first-ever restaurant. NBA City is slated to open summer 1999 in the Citywalk entertainment district at Universal Studios Escape in Orlando, Florida.
• February 25, 1999
Indiana's Reggie Miller becomes the first NBA player to reach 4,000 three-point field goal attempts in a 81-74 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
• February 27, 1999
Los Angeles Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler works his 1,500th Clippers game in a game against the Atlanta Hawks.
• February 28, 1999
Philadelphia's Harvey Grant reached 20,000 minutes played in game versus Milwaukee.
• March 9, 1999
The NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announce that the 1999 McDonald's Championship will be held at the Fila Forum in Milan, Italy, on October 14-16.
• March 9, 1999
Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon blocks career shot 3,500 in game against Denver. He finishes the game with 3,503 career blocks and is the NBA's all-time leader in blocked shots, an official statistic beginning with the 1973-74 season.
• March 10, 1999
USA Basketball announced the first nine players of the 1999 USA Men's Senior National Team. Selected are Vin Baker (Seattle SuperSonics); Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs); Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves); Tom Gugliotta (Phoenix Suns); Tim Hardaway (Miami Heat); Allan Houston (New York Knicks); Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns); Gary Payton (Seattle SuperSonics) and Steve Smith (Atlanta Hawks). The 12-member USA Men's Senior National Team roster will be completed in the Spring.
• March 13, 1999
Charles Barkley becomes the third player in NBA history to amass 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists when he records his first assist in a game vs. Cleveland. He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain in this elite group.
• March 13, 1999
Dallas' A.C. Green plays in his 1,000th consecutive game in a 91-74 win over the Vancouver Grizzlies.
• March 17, 1999
Atlanta head coach Lenny Wilkens coaches in his 2,051st NBA game to surpass Bill Fitch's 2,050 games coached to become the NBA's all-time leader in games coached.
• March 27, 1999
Utah's Karl Malone and John Stockton are both held under 10 points in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. This marks the first time since November 21, 1987 that both Malone and Stockton did not reach double figures in scoring in the same game.
• April 1, 1999
Detroit's Joe Dumars becomes the 10th player in league history to play 1,000 games with the same team and one of eight to play 1,000 games with his only team.
• April 1, 1999
Philadelphia head coach Larry Brown win's his 900th professional game with a 88-84 win over the Miami Heat. At the time, Brown compiled a 671-547 NBA record to go along with a 229-107 ABA ledger for a combined record of 900-654.
• April 3, 1999
NBA referee Violet Palmer is honored with the prestigious Naismith Award as the 1999 Female Official of the Year from the Atlanta Tipoff Club
• April 7, 1999
Miami head coach Pat Riley notches win number 936 after defeating Dallas, 93-87. The win moves him into fourth place on the all-time charts, passing Dick Motta who has 935 wins.
• April 10, 1999
The Chicago Bulls lose 82-49 to the Miami Heat. The 49 points are the fewest points scored by an NBA team since the introduction of the shot clock prior to the 1954-55 season.
• April 11, 1999
The New Jersey Nets retired the number 52 jersey of Buck Williams in ceremonies at the Nets game vs. New York. Williams accumulated 16,784 points and 13,017 rebounds during his standout 17-year NBA Career with New Jersey, the Portland Trail Blazers and Knicks.
• April 13, 1999
Miami head coach Pat Riley reaches win 939 with a win over the Chicago Bulls. The win moves him into sole possession of third place on the all-time victory list.
• April 17, 1999
Utah's John Stockton records his 13,000th career assist when he passed to Karl Malone for a jumper in a 109-93 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
• May 8, 1999
Utah's Karl Malone (3,712 points) passed Magic Johnson (3,701) for the sixth position all-time in playoff scoring.
• May 13, 1999
Philadelphia's Allen Iverson recorded an NBA Playoff record10 steals in a 97-85 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
• May 22, 1999
The Chicago Bulls are the winners of the 1999 NBA Draft Lottery. They eventually use the number one pick to select Duke's Elton Brand at the NBA Draft in Washington D.C. on June 30.
• May 24, 1999
Orlando Magic head coach and Hall of Famer Chuck Daly resigns from his position. The 68-year-old Daly made his debut as an NBA head coach in the 1981-82 season, coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers for 41 games as an interim replacement. Daly later won two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons and led the "Dream Team" to gold in the 1992 Olympic Summer Games.
• May 26, 1999
"The Bill Russell Tribute" is held at the FleetCenter in Boston in a ceremony to salute the Hall of Famer. The ceremony is hosted by entertainer Bill Cosby and featured a star-studded lineup of celebrities and sports legends.
• May 26, 1999
Toronto's Vince Carter, winner of 95.8% of the votes, is named the 1998-99 NBA Rookie of the Year. He averaged 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.54 blocked shots, and 1.10 steals while shooting .450 from the field in 1998-99
• June 3, 1999
JUNE 3, 1999: Karl Malone claims his second MVP trophy.
Utah's Karl Malone becomes the ninth player in NBA history to win the Maurice Podoloff trophy twice when he is named the leagues MVP for the 1998-99 season. He previously won the award for his play during the 1996-97 season.
• June 8, 1999
Utah's Karl Malone is voted to an NBA record 11th All-NBA First Team.
• June 11, 1999
The New York Knicks defeat the Indiana Pacers in six games to capture the 1999 Eastern Conference title. They become the first number eight seed to reach the NBA Finals when they play the San Antonio Spurs for the championship.
• June 16, 1999
39,514 fans were in attendance in San Antonio's Alamodome for Game 1 of the 1999 NBA Finals versus the New York Knicks. The fans saw the Spurs win 89-77 as they marked the second highest attendance mark in NBA Finals history. The record of 41,732 was set when the Los Angeles Lakers played the Detroit Pistons on June 16 of the 1988 NBA Finals.
• June 16, 1999
The Los Angeles Lakers name Phil Jackson as head coach replacing Kurt Rambis. Jackson returns to the game after a year off from coaching after leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in eight years.
• June 23, 1999
The Naismith Basketball Memorial Hall of Fame announced that Kevin McHale, Wayne Embry, Fred Zollner, John Thompson and Billie Moor have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Enshrinement will be on October 1, 1999 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
• June 25, 1999
The San Antonio Spurs defeat the New York Knicks in five games to capture the 1999 NBA Finals, thus becoming the first former ABA franchise to win a title in the NBA. Tim Duncan was named the 1999 NBA Finals MVP after contributing 27.4 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in the series.
• June 30, 1999
The Chicago Bulls select Duke's Elton Brand with the first overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft.