1988–89 NBA season

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The 1988–89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association.wikipedia
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Miami Heat

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This was the first season of the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets.
The franchise began play in the 1988–89 NBA season as an expansion team.

Charlotte Hornets

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This was the first season of the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets.
The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn.

Detroit Pistons

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The season ended with the Detroit Pistons winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers.
Prior to the 1988–89 season, the Pistons moved to Auburn Hills to play at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the first NBA arena financed entirely with private funds.

Boston Celtics

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Boston's hopes for 1988–89 faded when Bird underwent a procedure to remove bone spurs in his feet early in the season.

San Antonio Spurs

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The next four seasons were a dark time in Spurs' history with the team having a combined record of 115–213 from 1985–86 until 1988–89.

Los Angeles Clippers

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Nixon suffered an ailing Achilles tendon in 1987–88 season, while number one draft pick rookie Danny Manning injured his anterior cruciate ligament during the 1988–89 campaign.

Indiana Pacers

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The Pacers missed the playoffs in 1987–88, drafted Rik Smits in the 1988 NBA draft, and suffered through a disastrous 1988–89 season in which coach Jack Ramsay stepped down following an 0–7 start.

Frank Layden

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He retired from coaching during the 1988–1989 NBA season, with the team at an 11–6 record and leading the Midwest Division, citing "pressure" and a general burnout from coaching.

Sacramento Kings

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He had a dazzling rookie year in the 1988–89 season shooting 40.6% from three-point range.

Michael Jordan

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In the 1988–89 season, Jordan again led the league in scoring, averaging 32.5 ppg on 53.8% shooting from the field, along with 8 rpg and 8 apg.

Cotton Fitzsimmons

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He would later return to the bench as head coach of the Suns in 1988.

1988–89 Miami Heat season

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Such records are typical of expansion NBA franchises in their initial seasons, with 15–67 being the poorest record repeated by the Cavaliers, Grizzlies, Rockets, and Mavericks, as well as the Heat.
The 1988–89 Miami Heat season was Miami's inaugural season in the NBA.

Chicago Bulls

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The 1988–89 season marked a second straight year of major off-season moves.

Jack Ramsay

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Ramsay resigned as Pacers coach during the 1988–89 season after a 0–7 start.

Los Angeles Lakers

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The season ended with the Detroit Pistons winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dick Versace

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Versace then became head coach of the Indiana Pacers for two years, from 1988 through 1990.

Seattle SuperSonics

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In the 1988–89 season, with Chambers having signed with Phoenix, Ellis improved his scoring average to 27.5 points per game and finished second in the league in three-point percentage.

Hakeem Olajuwon

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The 1988–89 season was Olajuwon's first full season as the Rockets' undisputed leader.

Mitch Richmond

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Richmond captured the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in the 1988–89 season, after averaging 22 points per game for the Warriors.

Dennis Rodman

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Rodman remained a bench player during the 1988–1989 season, averaging 9.0 points and 9.4 rebounds in 27 minutes, yet providing such effective defense that he was voted into the All-Defensive Team, the first of eight times in his career.

Charles Barkley

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In the 1988–89 season, Barkley continued to play well, averaging 25.8 points on .579 shooting and 12.5 rebounds per game.

New York Knicks

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The resurgence continued the following season as the team traded backup center Bill Cartwright to the Bulls for power forward Charles Oakley before the season started and then posted a 52–30 record, which was good enough for their first division title in eighteen years and their fifth division title in franchise history.

Larry Bird

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Bird's 1988–89 season season ended after six games when he had bone spurs surgically removed from both of his heels.

Magic Johnson

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In the 1988–89 NBA season, Johnson's 22.5 points, 12.8 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game earned him his second MVP award, and the Lakers reached the 1989 NBA Finals, in which they again faced the Pistons.