Eighty-two games makes for a long season which some folks think needs shortening. Whatever the outcome, the calendar as it currently exists allows for a team to go through several mini-dramas in one year.
Take the Chicago Bulls for example.
The series premiere, Derrick Rose's comeback, lasted all of 11 games. Once he went down the Bulls spent the next six weeks searching for an identity while losing 13 of 21. Then management traded Luol Deng to Cleveland, and instead of a further downward spiral Chicago actually responded by getting back to .500 within three weeks.
When I first ranked the 10 biggest developments of the Bulls' season, things were trending upward. They were 18-19 and winners of six of seven. But it would take Chicago until just before All-Star weekend to get above .500 and stay there. After the break the team went through a brief offensive explosion, breaking 100 points in, and winning, six of eight games.
Now, as the schedule tightens up in a tough six-game homestand, Chicago is back to roller-coaster basketball: a disappointing 85-77 loss to Memphis followed by an emotional overtime win over Miami capped by a letdown blowout at the hands of the Spurs.
Let's revisit those 10 storylines from the season's first half and see how they've changed in the 27 games since. The deck has been shuffled, the ranking reordered to reflect how important each entry is now compared to midseason.