1 / 9 NBA stars are coming out of retirement, but it’s a different world in Las Vegas.
That’s what we’re going to explore in this week’s NBA Countdown.
The stars are back and ready to start their post-NBA life.
We’ll get the latest news and analysis on the sport of basketball in the new year.
What you need to know ahead of the season?
1 / 10 NBA star Kevin Durant is officially retiring after nine seasons, but the sport’s future is not what it was in 2017.
Here’s everything you need know about the sport and the players who are leaving it behind.
1 / 11 NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who spent the bulk of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, has announced his retirement from basketball, saying he will no longer play.
Kobe Bryant will retire as an NBA player.
“I want to thank the fans for their support over the past nine seasons,” he said in a statement.
“It has been an incredible journey and I look forward to spending the rest of my life in basketball.”
2 / 11 There’s still plenty of basketball left in the world, but there are fewer stars than ever before.
We’ve taken a look at the players that will be leaving the game in 2018 and 2019, and who will be in the next round of stars to come.
Who will leave the NBA this year?
1 The 2018-19 NBA season will mark the third consecutive year that the league will be without a full-time coach.
The Miami Heat hired Pat Riley as their head coach, and he will be the new coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
He replaces Steve Clifford, who was fired on Monday.
2 In 2018, the NBA lost its only two full-timers in John Stockton and Steve Kerr.
The Spurs and Knicks will each replace one coach this season.
The Los Angeles Clippers are still in the midst of a rebuild and are in the process of firing their coach.
3 The NBA will have no more full-timer coaches this season, and that will lead to a huge shakeup in the league’s coaching ranks.
In 2019, the league announced that the Golden State Warriors will be out of the league.
They’ll be replaced by the Denver Nuggets.
4 The NBA’s salary cap will rise to $62.6 billion next season, a jump of $20 million over the 2018-2019 season.
That will give teams more flexibility to build rosters around their star players, including free agents like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
5 The NBA is also getting a new, new commissioner in Scott Skiles.
Skiles will be overseeing the league from 2019 through 2027.
He’ll be the first commissioner to oversee a full NBA season since the 1970s, when the league had three different commissioners.
6 The new league’s salary-cap increases come at a cost.
The NBA now has to increase its cap by at least $20 billion from 2020 through 2023, up from $15.9 billion in 2018.
The league is also facing a $2 billion salary cap increase for the 2019-2020 season.
7 There are a lot of changes coming for the 2018 NBA season, but here’s a look back at the most notable moves to date.
The 10-time champion Miami Heat will be gone for the season.
Miami Heat star Dwyan Wade has announced he is retiring.
Wade, who won the title of NBA player of the year in 2014-15, said he wants to spend more time with his family.
“This is where my career and my legacy will be, and it’s been a privilege to play my whole career with this team and this city,” he told the Miami Herald.
“But now it’s time to leave.
I want to spend the rest the season with my family, and I hope they can all feel good about the decisions that I made this season.”
8 In 2018-59, the Miami Heat averaged a league-high 31.5 wins per game, the fourth-highest mark in the NBA.
The team is on the bubble in the Western Conference playoffs, but they’re in the hunt for the eighth seed.
Miami is on track to be the No. 1 seed for the second straight season.
9 There’s a lot riding on the NBA’s next round.
The 2018 and 2020 seasons will determine whether the league is able to continue to expand its rosters, and whether it will be able to keep up with the growing demand for players and coaches.
The upcoming NBA draft could also determine whether there are enough superstars left to fill the rosters of the next two seasons.
10 The 2018 NBA Draft will take place on June 26 in Los Angeles.
The first overall pick in the 2018 draft will be selected by the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim.
11 The 2018 NHL draft is slated for June 29 in Edmonton.
The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins are both expected to be eliminated from playoff contention, and the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators will be eliminated as