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Friday, April 27, 2012
The 2011-12 NBA regular season: In pictures

By Patrick Dorsey

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 Fisher
With the lockout, it took till late November to announce an NBA regular season was happening.
tip-off
Finally, after months of hand-wringning and lockout talk, we had a Christmas Day tipoff.
Kobe Bryant
With lights dimming on Kobe Bryant's career, he fought injury to give the Lakers a strong year.
Clippers billboard
Thanks to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers finally became a marquee team in L.A.
Kevin Love
Blake who? Kevin Love established himself as perhaps the league's best power forward.
 Kris Humphries
Kris Humphries made his name with Kim Kardashian, while the Nets' move to Brooklyn got talk too.
jeremy Lin
Before his injury, Jeremy Lin went from the dark to the spotlight in what seemed like an instant.
Mickael Pietrus, Lamar Odom
After surprisingly getting traded from the Lakers, Dallas' Lamar Odom all but disappeared.
Sacramento Kings Fan
Kings fans fought hard all year to keep their team in Sacramento, and the situation remains unclear.
Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard
The standoff between Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy was funny, stinky and sticky.
Rose
Reigning MVP Derrick Rose did a lot of watching as his Bulls kept up their winning ways.
Metta World Peace
Late in the season, the interrogation lights hit Metta World Peace after his violent elbow.
Paul Silas
Paul Silas and the Bobcats were historically bad. Can they get genuine help in the draft?
Steve Nash
Steve Nash, still great at 38, might have played his final game as a Phoenix Sun.
Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant seem to be coexisting, but can they stop the Spurs?
Bosh & James & Wade
After last year's disappointment, many eyes are now on the Heat as the 2011-12 playoffs begin.