The 2011-12 NBA regular season: In pictures

April, 27, 2012
The 2011-12 NBA regular season went by in a blur. But that doesn't mean little happened -- far from it. From a determined Kobe to Lob City, from Metta's elbow to Odom's meltdown, from a banged-up MVP to a championship-hungry Big Three, to the thing known as Linsanity, it was quite a year.

Playbook Visuals takes a look back at the 66-game campaign, bringing you 16 eye-catching pictures covering the year's biggest storylines:

David Stern, Billy Hunter and Derek FisherPatrick McDermott/Getty ImagesWith the lockout, it took till late November to announce an NBA regular season was happening.
tip-offLisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesFinally, after months of hand-wringning and lockout talk, we had a Christmas Day tipoff.
Kobe BryantNoah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesWith lights dimming on Kobe Bryant's career, he fought injury to give the Lakers a strong year.
Clippers billboardKirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireThanks to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers finally became a marquee team in L.A.
Kevin LoveGary A. Vasquez/US PresswireBlake who? Kevin Love established himself as perhaps the league's best power forward.
 Kris HumphriesAP Photo/Kathy WillensKris Humphries made his name with Kim Kardashian, while the Nets' move to Brooklyn got talk too.
jeremy LinNathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesBefore his injury, Jeremy Lin went from the dark to the spotlight in what seemed like an instant.
Mickael Pietrus, Lamar OdomBarry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty ImagesAfter surprisingly getting traded from the Lakers, Dallas' Lamar Odom all but disappeared.
Sacramento Kings FanRocky Widner/Getty ImagesKings fans fought hard all year to keep their team in Sacramento, and the situation remains unclear.
Stan Van Gundy and Dwight HowardNoah Graham/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe standoff between Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy was funny, stinky and sticky.
RoseYoon S. Byun/Getty ImagesReigning MVP Derrick Rose did a lot of watching as his Bulls kept up their winning ways.
Metta World PeaceHarry How/Getty ImagesLate in the season, the interrogation lights hit Metta World Peace after his violent elbow.
Paul SilasRon Turenne/NBAE/Getty ImagesPaul Silas and the Bobcats were historically bad. Can they get genuine help in the draft?
Steve NashBarry Gossage/NBAE/Getty ImagesSteve Nash, still great at 38, might have played his final game as a Phoenix Sun.
Russell Westbrook, Kevin DurantLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook and Kevin Durant seem to be coexisting, but can they stop the Spurs?
Bosh & James & WadeBrian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesAfter last year's disappointment, many eyes are now on the Heat as the 2011-12 playoffs begin.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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