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2000–01 NBA season

2000–01 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 31, 2000 – April 18, 2001
April 21 – June 3, 2001 (Playoffs)
June 6 – 15, 2001 (Finals)
Number of teams 29
TV partner(s) NBC, TBS, TNT
Top draft pick Kenyon Martin
Picked by New Jersey Nets
Regular season
Top seed San Antonio Spurs
Season MVP Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Top scorer Allen Iverson (Philadelphia)
Eastern champions Philadelphia 76ers
  Eastern runners-up Milwaukee Bucks
Western champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-up San Antonio Spurs
Champions Los Angeles Lakers
  Runners-up Philadelphia 76ers
Finals MVP Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles)

The 2000–01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning their second straight championship, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 4 games to 1 in the 2001 NBA Finals.

Notable occurrences

Coaching changes
Team 1999-2000 coach 2000-01 coach
Atlanta Hawks Lenny Wilkens Lon Kruger
Golden State Warriors Garry St. Jean Dave Cowens
Indiana Pacers Larry Bird Isiah Thomas
Los Angeles Clippers Jim Todd Alvin Gentry
New Jersey Nets Don Casey Byron Scott
Toronto Raptors Butch Carter Lenny Wilkens
Vancouver Grizzlies Lionel Hollins Sidney Lowe
Washington Wizards Darrell Walker Leonard Hamilton
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Boston Celtics Rick Pitino Jim O'Brien
Chicago Bulls Tim Floyd Bill Berry
Seattle SuperSonics Paul Westphal Nate McMillan
  • The NBA All-Star Game was held at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.. The East won 111-110, with Philadelphia's Allen Iverson being named the game's Most Valuable Player. The game is noted for the Eastern Conference's 21-point comeback in the fourth quarter.
  • The Grizzlies play their final season in Vancouver before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee for the following season leaving the Toronto Raptors being the only Canadian team left in the NBA.
  • Rick Pitino resigned as head coach and president of the Boston Celtics, ending a three-plus year tenure filled with turmoil, disappointment and three consecutive below .500, non-playoff seasons.
  • The Dallas Mavericks played their final season at Reunion Arena. They also made the playoffs for the first time since the 1989-90 season.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers win their second straight title by going 15-1 in the playoffs, the best playoff winning percentage in NBA history.
  • The Toronto Raptors made the second round of the playoffs for the first (and currently only) time in franchise history, winning over New York 3-2. They lost in the second round to Philadelphia 4-3.
  • Prior to the season, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning announced that he suffered a kidney disorder and missed the first five months of the season. Mourning would receive a kidney transplant two years later.
  • To date, this
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