2022 NBA Off-Season: Timeline of a Shocking Summer

Typically, the NBA offseason focuses on trades, player movement, new opportunities, and missed opportunities from the preseason. But that summer, the conversation turned to uncomfortable narratives, and not for the right reasons.

Throughout the 2022 offseason, the NBA faced significant public image challenges due to the actions of its players, coaches, governors and everyone else.

This piece sheds light on the storylines, instances, and how surprising some of the issues became.

A timeline of events during the 2022 NBA offseason.
June 13, 2022: New Philadelphia 76ers center Montrezl Harrell is arrested with three pounds of marijuana and charged with drug trafficking. It has since been reduced to a misdemeanor.

June 30, 2022: Charlotte Hornet’s restricted free agent Miles Bridges is arrested on felony counts of domestic violence and child abuse for allegedly assaulting his partner in the presence of their children. He remains without a contract at the start of the preseason.

July 29, 2022: The NBA opens a tampering investigation into the Philadelphia 76ers’ free-agent commitments between James Harden, PJ Tucker and Daniel House.

August 1, 2022: The NBA opens a tampering investigation into the New York Knicks signing of free-agent guard Jalen Brunson.

August 7, 2022: Seattle Hoop stars Dejounte Murray and Paolo Banchero have repeated confrontations on and off the court at former All-Star Isaiah Thomas’ Pro-Am tournament.

Aug. 26, 2022: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince was arrested in Miami on what has been dubbed a “fugitive arrest warrant.”

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September 2, 2022: Retired adult film star Lana Rhoades took to social media and blasted an unnamed NBA star who she claims is the father of her child.

September 13, 2022: The NBA releases the findings of an investigation into Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver and his rampant misconduct within the organization. The report by an independent law firm found dozens of accounts of abuse, racism and misogyny by Sarver. The NBA initially issued a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine, but Sarver has since announced his intention to sell the Suns and Mercury franchises.

September 20, 2022: NBA Twitter had a big day with Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers on social media after his Twitter account was reportedly hacked and left likes on various forms of adult content covering the Timeline could consume.

September 20, 2022: The NBA fines Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards for a social media post in which he used targeted, homophobic language.

September 21, 2022: Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is handed a season-long ban for having ties with an employee. The suspension became official on September 23. Subsequent reports suggested that Udoka had made inappropriate comments to the woman on a number of occasions.

impact of the problems
A few cases might have slipped through the cracks, but it’s certainly been an active NBA offseason, mostly for the wrong reasons. Luckily, some of those issues are a thing of the past as a new season approaches. For the people directly affected by many of these issues — particularly as they relate to Bridges, Edwards, Sarver and Udoka — the lasting impact is far more real than a tabloid headline.

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