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On June 25, 2013, the NBA approved a trade of an unprotected 2015 NBA first round draft pick, which included an anti-trade clause prohibiting the Clippers and Celtics from engaging in future transactions between each other, including the exchanging of players for the duration of the 2013-14 season, for the release of the contract of Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics, freeing him up to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Charlotte Bobcats officially announced that the franchise would be renamed to the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014-15 season. This will return the Hornets name to Charlotte for the first time since the team now known as the Pelicans moved from Charlotte to New Orleans after the 2001-02 season.
The NBA Finals will return to the 2-2-1-1-1 format for the 2014 Finals, with the owners approving the format on October 23. The NBA originally decided to have the NBA Finals enter a 2-3-2 format starting in the 1985 NBA Finals in order to accommodate commercial travelling from the east to the west and vice versa, as well as bring up economic advantages for marketing and newspapers at the time.
On October 29, the regular season opened with a record of 92 international players on the opening night rosters. The San Antonio Spurs set an NBA record of 10 international players.
The Brooklyn Nets start out their season with Joe Prunty coaching their games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat instead of their original head coach Jason Kidd. The reason why Prunty was coaching at the start of the Nets' season instead of Kidd was due to Kidd serving a coaching suspension for having a DUI in July 2013. Prunty would start the year off with 1-1 for the Nets before Kidd came back and coached the team for the rest of the season.
Patrick Ewing coaches his first game ever as an interim head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats. He ended up coaching the Bobcats on November 8, 2013, against his former team, the New York Knicks, due to their coach Steve Clifford having heart surgery around that time period. He would end up losing that game 101-91.
In a double overtime game on December 3, 2013, rookies Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic and Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers recorded triple-doubles in the same game. Oladipo recorded 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 52 minutes, while Carter-Williams recorded 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 47 minutes. These were the first career triple-doubles for both players. This marked the first and only time in NBA history that two rookies have recorded triple-doubles in the same game. The last time that two players had recorded their first career triple-doubles in the same game was when Detroit Pistons Donnie Butcher and Ray Scott did it on March 14, 1964 (they were not rookies). It was also the first time that two opponents had recorded triple-doubles in the same game since Caron Butler and Baron Davis had done so on November 23, 2007. Philadelphia won the game 126-125.
On December 6, 2013, Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks set a new NBA record for most consecutive (regular season) games with a three-point field goal made with 90. The previous record holder was Dana Barros. The streak ended at 127.
On December 13, 2013, Kevin Garnett of the Brooklyn Nets surpassed 14,000 career rebounds, becoming only the tenth player in NBA history to do so. In reaching the milestone, Garnett also joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to reach 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists. He reached the milestone in the third quarter of a 99-103 road loss to the Detroit Pistons.
On December 16, 2013, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets scored 29 points in the third quarter of a 130-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. In the quarter Johnson made 10 of 13 shots from the field and tied an NBA record with 8 of 10 three-pointers.
On December 23, 2013, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks passed Alex English for 13th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list with a 13-foot jumper in the opening minute of the third quarter of a 111-104 road win over the Houston Rockets.
On December 25, 2013, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder recorded the eighth triple-double on Christmas Day in NBA history. He recorded 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 29 minutes in a 123-94 road victory over the New York Knicks. The win was also the largest margin of victory in a Christmas Day game in NBA history.
On January 16, 2014, the Houston Rockets scored a season-high 73 points in the first half, and a season-low 19 points in the second half. That 54-point disparity is the largest by a team in a game in NBA history. They ended up losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92.
On January 24, 2014, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks scored a career, franchise, and league season-high 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.
On January 25, 2014, sophomore Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors scored a career-high 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. His 51 points tied a franchise-high. Ross recorded the lowest season scoring average the year of a 50-point game, averaging only 10.9 points.
David Stern officially retires as commissioner of the NBA on February 1, 2014. Adam Silver would end up taking his place as commissioner in the process, with Mark Tatum taking on the role of deputy commissioner in the process.
The New Orleans Arena that the New Orleans Pelicans played under was re-branded as the Smoothie King Center on February 5, 2014. Therefore, while some of the earlier games played in New Orleans were under the New Orleans Arena name, further home Pelicans games, as well as the All-Star break that happened from February 14-16, 2014, will end up being mentioned as the Smoothie King Center from now until at least 10 more NBA seasons.
On February 23, Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, becoming the first openly gay athlete in North America's four major professional sports.
On March 4, Russell Westbrook recorded the fastest triple-double since 1955. He recorded 13 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds while playing only 20 minutes and 17 seconds against the Philadelphia 76ers.
On March 16, 2014, with a 122-104 victory over the Utah Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs notched their 50th win of the season and extended their 50+ wins in a season streak to 15 seasons.
The San Antonio Spurs won their franchise-record 18 straight win against the Indiana Pacers. The Spurs also finished March with a 16-0 record, the second time in franchise history where they have a perfect month going back from the 1995-96 NBA season of the same month.
On April 25, 2014, TMZ leaked an audio recording of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly making racist comments to his girlfriend. The NBA has launched an investigation. The team held a meeting the following day to discuss the incident. Both coaches and players reportedly expressed anger toward the comment and they briefly raised the possibility of boycotting Game 4 of their series against the Golden State Warriors before deciding against it. On April 29, 2014, Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life as well as fining him $2.5 million. Silver also began proceeding of forcing Sterling out of the league.
On April 29, 2014, the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder played in their fourth straight overtime game, the first time in NBA playoff history that there have been four straight overtime games.