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Stuck in Standoff over Chris Bosh’s Future, NBA to Create New Medical Panels

December 21st, 2016
A steady September rain pelted Biscayne Bay on the afternoon Chris Bosh grabbed a film crew and broadcast his plight to the world. He was angry, confused, determined. "You always have to fight for the things you really want to do and the things that you love," Bosh told the camera, as ...

Linsanity a Memory, Nets Offering Second Act for Jeremy Lin and Kenny Atkinson

October 27th, 2016
At the peak of Linsanity—that joyful burst of basketball magic that transfixed the world in 2012—Jeremy Lin handed Kenny Atkinson a ragged slip of paper. Atkinson was a young assistant with the New York Knicks. Lin was his protege. The slip of paper was their bond. On it, Lin had sketched out four half ...

Iverson, Shaq and Yao Enter Hall of Fame with a Trail of Memories and Questions

September 10th, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Hall of Famer is a powerful phrase, an almost mystical title conjuring greatness and grandeur. Once earned, the moniker becomes a de facto first name, demanding reverence. As of Friday night, he is no longer Shaquille O'Neal, but Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal. The man towering over him on ...

Frustration with Westbrook Sent Durant Fleeing, Opens Door to Trouble for NBA

July 5th, 2016
A 27-year-old man, one of the best in the world at his profession, chose a new employer Monday. He framed the decision in terms that any ambitious young person would understand. He spoke of his "evolution" and "potential for growth," a yearning to leave his "comfort zone." If Kevin Durant were a neurosurgeon ...

After Bending NBA to Their Will, Warriors Find Basketball Magic Has Its Limits

June 20th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — Belief is a powerful thing, and for two NBA seasons and two mystical springs, the Golden State Warriors spun more belief and basketball magic than any team on the planet. They mocked conventional wisdom and trampled the boundaries of what was thought possible, or reasonable. There were no barriers they ...

It’s Time for Cavs, Kevin Love to Decide If They Fit In or Fit Out Together

June 10th, 2016
CLEVELAND — Kevin Love has lost control. Not of his emotions, which the Cleveland Cavaliers veteran holds dutifully in check, forever shrouded from public view. Not of his game, still a silky blend of sharp perimeter shooting and precision outlet passes. No, Love has lost control of his own story, his image, his narrative—and ...

In Need of Confidence Boost, Cavs Can Take a Few Lessons from Tyronn Lue

June 8th, 2016
CLEVELAND — In sleepy Mexico, Missouri, population 11,543, every man, woman and child is destined for greatness. It is a town of modest means and soaring self-belief, a place where everyone knows each other and familiarity breeds bravado. One-upmanship is a way of life, and friendly debates are punctuated by creative ...

Despite NBA’s Efforts, Era of the Superteam Has Made Finals a Yearly Rerun

June 4th, 2016
OAKLAND, Calif. — The greatest basketball player on Earth and the greatest shooter of all time are dueling again in the NBA Finals, and what's not to like? LeBron James is still an athletic marvel, an incomprehensible fusion of strength, dexterity and IQ. Stephen Curry is a jump-shooting wizard, a fountain ...

In Historic Finals Return, LeBron Has Condemned East to Repeat Past Yet Again

May 28th, 2016
TORONTO — LeBron James knew the question was coming, knew the scope and weight of the moment, and still he hesitated. Stammered. Felt his throat constrict as he searched for the words. The Cleveland Cavaliers had just closed out the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, securing ...

LeBron Isn’t Like Mike, Never Will Be Like Mike and That’s Working for the Cavs

May 27th, 2016
CLEVELAND — LeBron James took over, as is his wont. He reached down, tapped "play" and the sweet stylings of the O'Jays filled the Cleveland Cavaliers locker room. Soon, James was singing along to "Back Stabbers"—a curious choice, sure, though there was no need to psychoanalyze his selection. Really, James just likes ...