This NBA decade has been eventful, to say the least. From franchise-changing offseason moves.
Number Five: NBA and China C
When the offseason started after the NBA finals most people were looking forward to free-agent moves and possible trades. No one expected the storm that hit the NBA when Daryl Morey the general manager tweeted his support for Hong Kong.
This started a chain of events that would lead the NBA to flip flop from admonishment to support. The Houston Rockets would lose China sponsorships and TV deals. Morey, however, received plenty of support stateside from politicians on both sides of the aisle and NBA fans. Morey and the Rockets would later apologize but the impact won’t be fully known for years.
Number Four: Donald Sterling ousted as Owner of the Clippers
For many years rumors of Donald Sterling outlandish behavior had circulated throughout the NBA. The Clippers were one of the worst franchises for decades. Sterling was the one constant all those decades. Many were not surprised when on April 26, 2014, a damaging tape was released to the public that showed the world that Sterling was not only a horrible owner but a horrible human being as well.
The NBA and newly promoted Adam Silver acted quickly to remove Sterling as the owner of the Clippers. Eventually, the team would be purchased by Steve Ballmer former Microsoft CEO. Even though the Clippers had a few good seasons this decade the removal of Sterling ended one of the worst sports eras in history.
Number Three: Kevin Durant signs with the Warriors
The Warriors were coming off a stunning Finals loss to the Cavaliers where they lead 3-1. Lebron and the Cavs brought a title to Cleveland and drove the Warriors to make a big move. On July 4th, 2016 Kevin Durant announced to the world that he was signing with the Warriors.
The 73 win Warriors with the help of the increased salary cap were able to bring in the former MVP and shocked the NBA world. Many critics and fans turn on Durant believing he took the easy way out. The Warriors would go there revenge the very next year defeating the Cavs in the NBA Finals.
Number Two: Lebron James goes back home
On July 11, 2014, Lebron James after winning two championships with the Heat return to Cleveland. James and the Cavs could not get over the hump in the first go-around but James was determined to finish what he started. With the weight of not having a championship on his resume finally lifted James was ready to put the city of Cleveland on his back once again.
Number One: The Decision
Number one was never a doubt on July 8, 2010, Lebron James made the decision that was heard around the world. James after years of disappointment with the Cavs joined up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to form one of the best big threes of all time. This decision reverberated throughout the league. It was the first time a player was more powerful than the owner or organization. It opened the door for future free agents to control there own destiny.
James showed that the players had more power than ever and that they could not only be star players but general managers as well.
This decade is on the way out but it will be remembered for so many big stories and events that changed the NBA forever.
Honorable mentions: Kobe Bryant retirement, Anthony Davis to the Lakers, James Harden trade, Kawhi Leonard signs with the Clippers.
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