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The 1999 NBA SEASON was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Due to a lockout , the season did not start until February 5, 1999, after a new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached between the NBA and the National Basketball
Basketball
Players Association. All 29 teams played a shortened 50-game regular season schedule- 61% of the regular 82 games- and the 16 teams who qualified for the playoffs played a full post-season schedule. That season's All-Star Game was also canceled. The season ended with the San Antonio Spurs winning the franchise's first NBA championship, beating the New York Knicks 4 games to 1 in the 1999 NBA Finals .

CONTENTS

* 1 Lockout * 2 Notable occurrences

* 3 Final standings

* 3.1 By division * 3.2 By conference

* 4 Playoffs * 5 Statistics leaders

* 6 NBA awards

* 6.1 Players of the month * 6.2 Rookies of the month * 6.3 Coaches of the month

* 7 References

LOCKOUT

Main article: 1998–99 NBA lockout

The second lockout in the history of the NBA lasted from July 1, 1998, to January 20, 1999. NBA owners were seeking changes to the league\'s salary cap system and a ceiling on individual player salaries. The National Basketball
Basketball
Players Association opposed the owners' plans and wanted raises for players who earned the league's minimum salary.

As the labor dispute continued into September, the preseason was shortened to just two games instead of the normal eight, and training camps were postponed indefinitely. By October, it became the first time in NBA history that games were canceled due to a labor dispute. Further games were canceled by November and December, including the All-Star Game , which had been scheduled to be played on February 14, 1999. The preseason was canceled as well.

An agreement between the owners and players was eventually reached on January 18, 1999. When play resumed, the regular season was shortened to 50 games per team, as opposed to the normal 82. As a result, some teams did not meet each other at all during the course of the shortened season. In addition, to preserve games between teams in the same conference, much of the time missed was made up for by skipping well over half of the games played between teams in the opposite conference.

NOTABLE OCCURRENCES

Coaching changes OFFSEASON

TEAM 1997–98 COACH 1998–99 COACH

Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson Tim Floyd

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
Bill Hanzlik Mike D\'Antoni

Los Angeles Clippers Bill Fitch Chris Ford

Milwaukee Bucks Chris Ford George Karl
George Karl

Sacramento Kings Eddie Jordan Rick Adelman

Seattle SuperSonics George Karl
George Karl
Paul Westphal

IN-SEASON

TEAM OUTGOING COACH INCOMING COACH

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
Dave Cowens Paul Silas

Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Del Harris Bill Bertka

Bill Bertka Kurt Rambis

New Jersey Nets John Calipari Don Casey

Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff
Jim Brovelli

* Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
announced his retirement for the second time on January 13, 1999, while the lockout was still ongoing. He would later return to play two more seasons for the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
from 2001–2003. * The New York Knicks became only the second #8 seed to advance in the playoffs by defeating a #1 seed. As of 2017, they remain the only #8 seed to have advanced to the NBA Finals. * The Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
played their final season at the Great Western Forum . Because the Great Western Bank ceased to exist two seasons prior, the arena name was replaced by the team name on center court, in anticipation of the move to the Staples Center
Staples Center
. * The Los Angeles Clippers played their final season at the Los Angeles Sports Arena . * The Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
played their final season at the Market Square Arena . * The Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
played their final season at the McNichols Sports Arena . * The Miami Heat
Miami Heat
played their final full season at the Miami Arena , although they still played the first two months of the following season at this arena before moving to the American Airlines Arena in January 2000. * The Toronto Raptors played their first game in Air Canada Centre on February 21. * The San Antonio Spurs became the first former ABA team to win a championship. (As of June 2016, they are still the only ABA franchise with a title; the Nets and Pacers have not won a title, and the Nuggets have never played a NBA Finals game.) * The Atlanta Hawks played another season in the Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
while Philips Arena was constructed for the 1999–2000 season . This season would be the Hawks' last playoff appearance until the 2007–08 season . * The Clippers tied the 1988–89 Miami Heat
Miami Heat
for the longest losing streak to start the season (17) from February 5 until March 11 when they defeated the Sacramento Kings . In December 2009, this record was broken by the New Jersey Nets who lost the first eighteen games of the season. * Hall of Fame coach Red Holzman died on November 13, 1998, at age 78. * For the first time in 15 seasons, the Chicago Bulls missed the playoffs. They would also become the second defending champion in NBA history that failed to make the playoffs, joining the 1969–70 Boston Celtics .

FINAL STANDINGS

BY DIVISION

Atlantic Division

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W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Miami Heat
Miami Heat
33 17 .660 – 18–7 15–10 12–8

X- Orlando Magic 33 17 .660 – 21–4 12–13 12–6

X- Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
28 22 .560 5 17–8 11–14 9–10

X- New York Knicks 27 23 .540 6 19–6 8–17 12–8

Boston Celtics 19 31 .380 14 10–15 9–16 10–9

Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
18 32 .360 15 13–12 5–20 6–13

New Jersey Nets 16 34 .320 17 12–13 4–21 6–13

Central Division

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W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
33 17 .660 – 18–7 15–10 15–7

X- Atlanta Hawks 31 19 .620 2 16–9 15–10 15–8

X- Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
29 21 .580 4 17–8 12–13 13–8

X- Milwaukee Bucks 28 22 .560 5 17–8 11–14 13–11

Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
26 24 .520 7 16–9 10–15 12–10

Toronto Raptors 23 27 .460 10 14–11 9–16 9–14

Cleveland Cavaliers 22 28 .440 11 15–10 7–18 9–13

Chicago Bulls 13 37 .260 20 8–17 5–20 4–19

Midwest Division

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W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740 – 21–4 16–9 17–4

X- Utah Jazz 37 13 .740 – 22–3 15–10 15–3

X- Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
31 19 .620 6 19–6 12–13 12–9

X- Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12 18–7 7–18 11–9

Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18 15–10 4–21 8–12

Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
14 36 .280 23 12–13 2–23 5–16

Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29 7–18 1–24 3–18

Pacific Division

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W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV

Y- Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 – 22–3 13–12 15–7

X- Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
31 19 .620 4 18–7 13–12 14–8

X- Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 8 16–9 11–14 11–9

X- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
27 23 .540 8 15–10 12–13 9–10

Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 10 17–8 8–17 11–10

Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 14 13–12 8–17 8–11

Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 26 6–19 3–22 3–16

BY CONFERENCE

# EASTERN CONFERENCE

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TEAM W L PCT GB

1 C- Miami Heat
Miami Heat
33 17 .660 –

2 Y- Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
33 17 .660 –

3 X- Orlando Magic 33 17 .660 –

4 X- Atlanta Hawks 31 19 .620 2

5 X- Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
29 21 .580 4

6 X- Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
28 22 .560 5

7 X- Milwaukee Bucks 28 22 .560 5

8 X- New York Knicks 27 23 .540 6

9 Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
26 24 .520 7

10 Toronto Raptors 23 27 .460 10

11 Cleveland Cavaliers 22 28 .440 11

12 Boston Celtics 19 31 .380 14

13 Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
18 32 .360 15

14 New Jersey Nets 16 34 .320 17

15 Chicago Bulls 13 37 .260 20

# WESTERN CONFERENCE

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TEAM W L PCT GB

1 Z- San Antonio Spurs 37 13 .740 –

2 Y- Portland Trail Blazers 35 15 .700 2

3 X- Utah Jazz 37 13 .740 –

4 X- Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
31 19 .620 6

5 X- Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
31 19 .620 6

6 X- Sacramento Kings 27 23 .540 10

7 X- Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
27 23 .540 10

8 X- Minnesota Timberwolves 25 25 .500 12

9 Seattle SuperSonics 25 25 .500 12

10 Golden State Warriors 21 29 .420 16

11 Dallas Mavericks 19 31 .380 18

12 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
14 36 .280 23

13 Los Angeles Clippers 9 41 .180 28

14 Vancouver Grizzlies 8 42 .160 29

NOTES

* Z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs * C – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs * Y – Clinched division title * X – Clinched playoff spot

PLAYOFFS

Teams in bold advanced to the next round. The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding in its conference, and the numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round. The division champions are marked by an asterisk. Home court advantage does not necessarily belong to the higher-seeded team, but instead the team with the better regular season record; teams enjoying the home advantage are shown in italics. Main article: 1999 NBA Playoffs

First Round

Conference Semifinals

Conference Finals

NBA Finals

E1 Miami * 2

E8 NEW YORK 3

E8 NEW YORK 4

E4 Atlanta 0

E4 ATLANTA 3

E5 Detroit 2

E8 NEW YORK 4

EASTERN CONFERENCE

E2 Indiana * 2

E3 Orlando 1

E6 PHILADELPHIA 3

E6 Philadelphia 0

E2 INDIANA * 4

E2 INDIANA * 3

E7 Milwaukee 0

E8 New York 1

W1 SAN ANTONIO * 4

W1 SAN ANTONIO * 3

W8 Minnesota 1

W1 SAN ANTONIO * 4

W4 LA Lakers 0

W4 LA LAKERS 3

W5 Houston 1

W1 SAN ANTONIO * 4

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W2 Portland * 0

W3 UTAH 3

W6 Sacramento 2

W3 Utah 2

W2 PORTLAND * 4

W2 PORTLAND * 3

W7 Phoenix 0

* Division winner BOLD Series winner Italic Team with home-court advantage This bracket:

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STATISTICS LEADERS

CATEGORY PLAYER TEAM STAT

Points per game Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
26.8

Rebounds per game Chris Webber Sacramento Kings 13.0

Assists per game Jason Kidd Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
10.8

Steals per game Kendall Gill New Jersey Nets 2.68

Blocks per game Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
Miami Heat
Miami Heat
3.91

FG% Shaquille O\'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
.576

FT% Reggie Miller Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
.915

3FG% Dell Curry Milwaukee Bucks .476

NBA AWARDS

* MOST VALUABLE PLAYER : Karl Malone , Utah Jazz * ROOKIE OF THE YEAR : Vince Carter , Toronto Raptors * DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR : Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
, Miami Heat
Miami Heat
* SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR : Darrell Armstrong , Orlando Magic * MOST IMPROVED PLAYER : Darrell Armstrong , Orlando Magic * COACH OF THE YEAR : Mike Dunleavy , Portland Trail Blazers * EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR : Geoff Petrie , Sacramento Kings * SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD : Hersey Hawkins , Seattle SuperSonics

* ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM :

* F – Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, San Antonio Spurs * F – Karl Malone , Utah Jazz * C – Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
, Miami Heat
Miami Heat
* G – Allen Iverson , Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
* G – Jason Kidd , Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns

* ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM:

* F – Chris Webber , Sacramento Kings * F – Grant Hill , Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
* C – Shaquille O\'Neal , Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
* G – Gary Payton
Gary Payton
, Seattle SuperSonics * G – Tim Hardaway
Tim Hardaway
, Miami Heat
Miami Heat

* ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM:

* F – Kevin Garnett , Minnesota Timberwolves * F – Antonio McDyess , Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
* C – Hakeem Olajuwon , Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
* G – Kobe Bryant , Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
* G – John Stockton
John Stockton
, Utah Jazz

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM :

* F – Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
, San Antonio Spurs * F – Karl Malone , Utah Jazz * F – Scottie Pippen , Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
* C – Alonzo Mourning
Alonzo Mourning
, Miami Heat
Miami Heat
* G – Gary Payton
Gary Payton
, Seattle SuperSonics * G – Jason Kidd , Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns

* NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM:

* F – P.J. Brown , Miami Heat
Miami Heat
* F – Theo Ratliff
Theo Ratliff
, Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
* C – Dikembe Mutombo , Atlanta Hawks * G – Eddie Jones , Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
/ Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
* G – Mookie Blaylock , Atlanta Hawks

* NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM :

* Vince Carter , Toronto Raptors * Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce
, Boston Celtics * Jason Williams , Sacramento Kings * Mike Bibby , Vancouver Grizzlies * Matt Harpring , Orlando Magic

* ALL-NBA ROOKIE SECOND TEAM:

* Antawn Jamison , Golden State Warriors * Michael Doleac , Orlando Magic * Michael Olowokandi , Los Angeles Clippers * Michael Dickerson , Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
* Cuttino Mobley , Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets

PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

The following players were named the Players of the Month.

MONTH PLAYER

4February Iverson, Allen Allen Iverson ( Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
)

5March Duncan, Tim Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan
( San Antonio Spurs )

6April Kidd, Jason Jason Kidd ( Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
)

ROOKIES OF THE MONTH

The following players were named the Rookies of the Month.

MONTH PLAYER

4February Pierce, Paul Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce
( Boston Celtics )

5March Carter, Vince Vince Carter ( Toronto Raptors )

6April Carter, Vince Vince Carter ( Toronto Raptors )

COACHES OF THE MONTH

The following coaches were named Coaches of the Month.

MONTH COACH

4February Sloan, Jerry Jerry Sloan ( Utah Jazz )

5March Dunleavy, Sr., Mike Mike Dunleavy, Sr. ( Portland Trail Blazers )

5April Popovich, Gregg Gregg Popovich ( San Antonio Spurs )

REFERENCES

* ^ "Lockout cuts into preseason schedule". The San Diego Union-Tribune . September 25, 1998. p. D11. * ^ Wise, Mike (October 15, 1998). "Pro Basketball; N.B.A. Owners Cool To Players\' Proposal". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2009.

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