The 2011-12 NBA regular season went by in a blur. But that doesn't mean little happened -- far from it. From a determined Kobe to Lob City, from Metta's elbow to Odom's meltdown, from a banged-up MVP to a championship-hungry Big Three, to the thing known as Linsanity, it was quite a year.
Playbook Visuals takes a look back at the 66-game campaign, bringing you 16 eye-catching pictures covering the year's biggest storylines:
With the lockout, it took till late November to announce an NBA regular season was happening. Patrick McDermott/Getty Images Finally, after months of hand-wringning and lockout talk, we had a Christmas Day tipoff. Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images With lights dimming on Kobe Bryant's career, he fought injury to give the Lakers a strong year. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images Thanks to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers finally became a marquee team in L.A. Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US Presswire Blake who? Kevin Love established himself as perhaps the league's best power forward. Gary A. Vasquez/US Presswire Kris Humphries made his name with Kim Kardashian, while the Nets' move to Brooklyn got talk too. AP Photo/Kathy Willens Before his injury, Jeremy Lin went from the dark to the spotlight in what seemed like an instant. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images After surprisingly getting traded from the Lakers, Dallas' Lamar Odom all but disappeared. Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Kings fans fought hard all year to keep their team in Sacramento, and the situation remains unclear. Rocky Widner/Getty Images The standoff between Dwight Howard and Stan Van Gundy was funny, stinky and sticky. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images Reigning MVP Derrick Rose did a lot of watching as his Bulls kept up their winning ways. Yoon S. Byun/Getty Images Late in the season, the interrogation lights hit Metta World Peace after his violent elbow. Harry How/Getty Images Paul Silas and the Bobcats were historically bad. Can they get genuine help in the draft? Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty Images Steve Nash, still great at 38, might have played his final game as a Phoenix Sun. Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant seem to be coexisting, but can they stop the Spurs? Layne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty Images
After last year's disappointment, many eyes are now on the Heat as the 2011-12 playoffs begin. Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images