1984: Becomes NBA's fourth commissioner on Feb. 1. Michael Jordan drafted. First salary cap set at $3.6 million for 1984-85 season.
1985: Draft lottery debuts.
1986: Larry Bird wins inaugural 3-point contest.
1988: Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets added as expansion teams.
1989: Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves added as expansion teams.
1990: NBA becomes first U.S. professional sports league to play regular-season games outside North America when Phoenix and Utah open season with two games in Tokyo.
1991: Magic Johnson announces he has the HIV virus and will retire.
1992: The Dream Team wins gold in first Olympics featuring NBA players. Average player salary surpasses $1 million for first time at $1.1 million in 1991-92.
1995: Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies added as expansion teams.
1996: Average player salary reaches $2 million for 1995-96 season.
1997: WNBA debuts.
1998: NBA loses games to a work stoppage for first time, with 50-game schedule that begins in February 1999.
1999: Average player salary reaches $3 million.
2002: Average player salary reaches $4 million for 2001-02 season.
2004: Charlotte Bobcats added as expansion team.
2005: Creates NBA Cares, through which NBA, players and teams has raised more than $225 million for charity.
2007: FBI informs NBA it is investigating former referee Tim Donaghy for betting on games, including ones he officiated. National TV contracts extended for $930 million annually.
2010: NBA All-Star game draws more than 108,000, a record for a basketball game, at Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
2011: Second lengthy lockout reduces season to 66 games, shifts about $280 annually in revenues from players to owners.
2013: Sacramento Kings sold for $534 million. Salary cap set at $58.7 million.
2014: Retires on Feb. 1.