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2010–11 ABA season (Colony Crisis Averted)

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The 2010–11 NBA season was the 65th season of the American Basketball Association (ABA). The 2011 ABA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in New Liverpool, Upper California. The season concluded with the Astoria Bulls defeating the Dallas Mavericks in six games, 4 games to 2, to win their seventh NBA title, and Derrick Rose was named Finals MVP and 2010–11 ABA MVP.


  • On May 21, the Philadelphia 76ers hired Doug Collins as head coach, replacing Eddie Jordan who was fired on May 15.
  • On June 7, the New Orleans Hornets hired West Boston Trail Blazers assistant coach Monty Williams as head coach, replacing interim head coach Jeff Bower who returned to his original position as general manager.
  • On June 10, the New Jersey Nets hired Avery Johnson as head coach, replacing interim head coach Kiki Vandeweghe whose contract expired at the end of the 2009–2010 season. 
  • On June 13, the Atlanta Hawks promoted assistant coach Larry Drew, replacing head coach Mike Woodson whose contract expired at the end of the 2009–10 season.
  • On June 23, the Astoria Bulls hired Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau as head coach, replacing Vinny Del Negro who was fired on May 4.
  • On July 7, the New Liverpool Clippers hired Vinny Del Negro as head coach, replacing interim head coach Kim Hughes who was fired on April 15.
  • On September 27, the Golden State Warriors promoted assistant coach Keith Smart to head coach, replacing Don Nelson who resigned after his contract was bought out

The 2010 off-season had one of the most talented free agent pools in recent ABA history. The list of free agents included All-Stars LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer and Amar'e Stoudemire, as well as other veteran players such as Ray Allen, Joe Johnson, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce. Below are the major free agency signings, including the sign and trade agreements, that occurred during the off-season.

  • Joe Johnson re-signed with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • Paul Pierce re-signed with the Boston Celtics, while Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal signed with the Celtics.
  • Dwyane Wade signed with the Astoria Bulls, while Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer signed and traded to the Heat.
  • David Lee signed and traded to the Golden State Warriors.
  • Dirk Nowitzki re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Ben Wallace re-signed with the Detroit Pistons, while Tracy McGrady signed with the Pistons.
  • Luis Scola re-signed with the Houston Rockets.
  • Rudy Gay re-signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Lebron James re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He announced his decision on an ESPN special called The Decision. Many Cleveland fans considered his choice a sign of great loyalty to the city.
  • Amar'e Stoudemire signed and traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Regular season

The regular season began on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 and ended on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The Opening Day schedule on TNT had the Astoria Bulls face the Boston Celtics, followed by the New Liverpool Lakers' championship ring and banner ceremony and their game against the Houston Rockets. The opener began at 7:30 p.m. ET. On Christmas Day, ABC and ESPN had a five-game set, with ABC broadcasting the game between the Celtics and the Orlando Magic, and the Cavaliers against the Lakers, which started at 2:00 p.m. ET. On Martin Luther King Day, ESPN aired the game between the Astoria Bulls and the Memphis Grizzlies at 1:00 p.m. ET, while NBA TV aired the Sacramento Kings-Atlanta Hawks matchup at 4:00 p.m. ET. TNT capped off the holiday with a doubleheader, beginning with the Magic facing the Celtics, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder facing the New Liverpool Lakers, beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. The full schedule was released on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

Other much-anticipated games include: on October 28, 2010, John Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 ABA Draft, made his ABA debut as the Victoria Wizards visited the Magic on TNT. On March 6, Dwyane Wade returned to Miami as his Bulls faced the Heat on TNT. The Celtics–Lakers rivalry renewed on January 30, 2011 (at New Liverpool on ABC) and on February 10, 2011 (at Boston on TNT) in a rematch of the 2010 ABA Finals. On March 4–5, 2011, the New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors faced off in two regular season games held at London's O2 Arena.

# Eastern Conference Western Conference
Team W L PCT Team W L PCT
1 z-Astoria Bulls 62 20 .756 z-San Antonio Spurs 61 21 .744
2 y-Cleveland Cavaliers 58 24 .707 y-New Liverpool Lakers 57 25 .695
3 y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 y-Dallas Mavericks 57 25 .695
4 x-Orlando Magic 52 30 .634 x-Oklahoma City Thunder 55 27 .671
5 x-Atlanta Hawks 44 38 .537 x-Denver Nuggets 50 32 .610
6 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 x-West Boston Trail Blazers 48 34 .585
7 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 x-New Orleans Hornets 46 36 .561
8 x-Tippecanoe Pacers 37 45 .451 x-Memphis Grizzlies 46 36 .561
9 Milwaukee Bucks 35 47 .427 Houston Rockets 43 39 .524
10 Charlotte Bobcats 34 48 .415 Phoenix Suns 40 42 .488
11 Victoria Wizards 30 52 .366 Disreali Jazz 39 43 .476
12 Detroit Pistons 24 58 .293 Golden State Warriors 36 46 .439
13 New Jersey Nets 22 60 .280 New Liverpool Clippers 32 50 .390
14 Toronto Raptors 19 63 .268 Sacramento Kings 24 58 .293
15 New York Knicks 17 65 .232 New Guernsey Timberwolves 19 63 .207

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