1991–92 NBA season
The 1991–92 NBA season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Chicago Bulls winning their second-straight NBA Championship, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.
|1991–92 NBA season|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Duration||November 1, 1991 – April 19, 1992 |
April 23 – May 29, 1992 (Playoffs)
June 3 – 14, 1992 (Finals)
|Number of teams||27|
|TV partner(s)||NBC, TBS, TNT|
|Top draft pick||Larry Johnson|
|Picked by||Charlotte Hornets|
|Top seed||Chicago Bulls|
|Season MVP||Michael Jordan (Chicago)|
|Top scorer||Michael Jordan (Chicago)|
|Eastern champions||Chicago Bulls|
|Eastern runners-up||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Western champions||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Western runners-up||Utah Jazz|
|Runners-up||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Finals MVP||Michael Jordan (Chicago)|
|Team||1990–91 coach||1991–92 coach|
|Charlotte Hornets||Gene Littles||Allan Bristow|
|Miami Heat||Ron Rothstein||Kevin Loughery|
|Minnesota Timberwolves||Bill Musselman||Jimmy Rodgers|
|New York Knicks||John MacLeod||Pat Riley|
|Team||Outgoing coach||Incoming coach|
|Houston Rockets||Don Chaney||Rudy Tomjanovich|
|Los Angeles Clippers||Mike Schuler||Mack Calvin|
|Mack Calvin||Larry Brown|
|Milwaukee Bucks||Del Harris||Frank Hamblen|
|Sacramento Kings||Dick Motta||Rex Hughes|
|San Antonio Spurs||Larry Brown||Bob Bass|
|Seattle SuperSonics||K.C. Jones||Bob Kloppenburg|
|Bob Kloppenburg||George Karl|
- The game clock/shot clock combo made its debut.
- In one of the most shocking announcements in sports history, Lakers star Magic Johnson announces his retirement early in the season after receiving the news that he had tested HIV-positive.
- Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley honors Johnson by switching from his usual number 34 to 32, which he wore for the entire season. The 76ers had retired the number in honor of Billy Cunningham, who un-retired it for Barkley to wear.
- Due to back problems, Celtics star Larry Bird retires at the end of the season, and since Bill Russell vs. Jerry West it brings one of the most memorable eras in NBA history (Magic vs. Bird) to a close.
- After a season in the Western Conference's Midwest Division, the Orlando Magic move back to the Eastern Conference, playing in the Atlantic Division. The 27 teams of the NBA would remain in the same four divisions until 2004, when the league would realign into six divisions.
- The 1992 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida, with the West defeating the East 153–113. In an emotionally charged game, Magic Johnson wins the game's MVP award; despite having retired from the game a few days into the season, fans were still able to vote him into the starting lineup because the printed ballots still featured Magic's name.
- In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers rescheduled and moved their home playoff games to the nearest area possible. Game 4 of the Lakers-Blazers series was played at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center while Game 4 of the Clippers-Jazz series was played at Anaheim's Convention Center.
- Luc Longley, drafted by the Timberwolves, becomes the first Australian to play in the NBA. He would later play in three Bulls championship teams.
- Larry Brown makes history becoming the first NBA coach to serve as head coach for two different teams in a single season (San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers). Brown leads the Clippers to the team's first winning season since the team relocated to Los Angeles. Brown resigned from the Spurs in order to take the Clippers' job; Bob Bass replaced him.
- The season marked the last time the Boston Celtics won 50 games (they won 51 that season) for nearly two decades. They would not win 50 games or more until the 2008 season.
- Following the first round loss to the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons head coach Chuck Daly resigned, ending the Pistons' 'Bad Boys' era.
- On December 17, the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Miami Heat by a score of 148-80. This 68-point win by the Cavaliers set the record for largest margin of victory in the history of the NBA.
- Run TMC, consisting of Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, and were named after the famous hip-hop group, was disbanded when the Golden State Warriors traded Richmond to the Sacramento Kings for Billy Owens. Richmond went on to become an All-Star for the otherwise struggling Kings while Owens never made an impact with the Warriors. Subsequently, the Warriors never won a playoff series following the trade until 2007, losing in the opening round to the Seattle SuperSonics in four games in 1992, and then were swept by the Phoenix Suns in 1994.
- The Utah Jazz play their first game at the Delta Center.
- The Phoenix Suns play their final season at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
- The Chicago Bulls set a franchise record with 67 wins in a season (later broken by the 1996 team).
- Dennis Rodman recorded 1,530 rebounds and averaged 18.7 rebounds per game in the regular season, both of which are the highest figures since 1972. It is the first of an NBA record seven consecutive rebounding titles for Rodman.
- Michael Jordan scored 35 points in the first half to set an NBA Finals record for most points in a half. His six three-pointers also set a record for most in a half.
- The Miami Heat were the first of the four late-1980s expansion franchises to make it to the playoffs. They were swept in the first round by the Bulls. Fourteen years later, they would become the first of those teams to win an NBA Championship.
- All NBA teams sport patches on their warmups commemorating the centennial anniversary of basketball.
- The Los Angeles Clippers went to the playoffs, which ended the currently record-breaking 15 seasons without a playoff appearance.
1991–92 NBA changesEdit
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.
Note: All information on this page were obtained on the History section on NBA.com