May 2004—The draft lottery swells to 14 teams—its current number—to account for the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
November 2004—The league suspends nine players a combined 146 games for a brawl between fans and players during a game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Indiana's Ron Artest is suspended for the rest of the season.
June 2005—As part of its new collective bargaining agreement, the league stipulates that players cannot be drafted until a year after their high school class graduates and must be 19 years old, creating a new breed of so-called one-and-done college players.
October 2005—Stern announces the implementation of a dress code for players, forcing them to wear business or conservative attire to and from arenas and while representing their teams.
December 2006—Stern acknowledges the introduction of a new microfiber composite ball two months earlier was a mistake and says teams will go back to using the traditional leather ball on Jan. 1.
August 2007—Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy pleads guilty to two federal charges related to allegations that he bet on games he officiated the previous two seasons. He is sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.
October 2008—The Thunder opens its first season in Oklahoma City, having previously played in Seattle as the SuperSonics.
January 2010—The league suspends the Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the rest of the season for bringing guns into the locker room after Arenas makes light of the situation by pretending to shoot his teammates during player introductions before a game.
July 2011—The league locks out its players for the next five months until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, resulting in a compacted 66-game schedule for the 2011-12 season.
December 2011—Acting as de facto owner of the league-controlled New Orleans Hornets, Stern vetoes a trade that would have sent star point guard Chris Paul to the Lakers while sending Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets and Lamar Odom to the Hornets.
November 2012—The Nets open their first season in Brooklyn after having moved from New Jersey.