Gar Forman

Eight stories that could make 2017 just as big for the NBA as 2016

Eight stories that could make 2017 just as big for the NBA as 2016

Recency bias described the common trap of thinking what has just happened is the best or worst or most important because it is foremost on our minds. But sometimes the things that just happened actually are worth qualifying in these ways.

And, without a doubt, 2016 will go down as a watershed year for the NBA. It had it all: the career exits of three all-time greats (Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant); the Golden State Warriors setting the all-time record for regular season wins; LeBron James powering the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Warriors in the NBA Finals to end Cleveland's half-century title drought; Durant's decision to join the Warriors as a free agent this summer,...

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