Predicting what will happen in the NHL during a given calendar year is very easy. A player will say, "We'll take the two points and move on" after a victory. A coach will say, "We've got to put more pucks on net" during a... more »
funny thing happened on the way to the 2011-12 NBA season. Well, a few funny things and dozens of not-so-funny things.
All we had was a five-month lockout marked by some classic, bizarre sports and media moments; separate insurrections within both the players association and ownership; two of the biggest stars in the league wanting to get traded; one of them actually getting traded, only to have the trade voided so he could be traded again (to a team that inhabits the very same arena); a beleaguered commissioner transformed into a general manager; a free-agent frenzy that rivaled the July 2010 extravaganza, even though it was neither July nor extravagant; and finally, mercifully, the tipoff of actual basketball games.