1. As Free Agency Starts, It's Time for 76ers to Start Acting Like a Real NBA Team

    There are many questions as NBA free agency opens, so many that one may have slipped under the radar like the team that typically slinks from view this time of year...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 5 days ago 172,238 reads 629 comments

  2. With Draft Steal Justise Winslow, Heat Could Shake Up the East...If They Want To

    MIAMI — This was the easy part, in the same way it was relatively easy for Pat Riley and the Miami Heat to sit tight in 2002, as NBA -ready prospect Caron Butler, projected in the top six, stunningly dropped to their spot at No...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 9 days ago 205,846 reads 350 comments

  3. Kevin Love, Cavaliers Will Likely Reunite, but Don't Necessarily Need Each Other

    Kevin Love has done what most observers expected, opting out of his $16.7 million contract. Financially, nothing else ever made any sense, not when signing a maximum one-year deal with Cleveland would earn him $2...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 10 days ago 154,988 reads 247 comments

  4. Like It or Not, LeBron Is Going to Make His Voice Heard, and Why Shouldn't He?

    LeBron James has never made it a secret, from the start, what he's about. Empowerment. He's repeatedly shown he doesn't always view authority structures the way traditionalists ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 15 days ago 156,376 reads 590 comments

  5. LeBron James Clearly Can No Longer Lose with Cleveland, Even If He Never Wins

    The question didn't hit Jim Chones quite right, because it wasn't something the former Cleveland center and current radio analyst had cared to consider...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 16 days ago 153,511 reads 493 comments

  6. For LeBron James, for a Fourth Time in the Finals, the Worst Possible Feeling

    CLEVELAND — Four minutes prior to midnight, with an eventual 105-97 defeat assured, LeBron James took his final shot and finally surrendered, subbing out of Game 6 of the ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 18 days ago 259,502 reads 907 comments

  7. Steve Kerr's NBA Finals Lineup Gamble a Season-Long Bet That Paid Off Big

    CLEVELAND — It's tempting to dwell on Thursday's decision and deception, but that's not when or how coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors won Game 4...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 23 days ago 219,263 reads 359 comments

  8. With More Than a Title at Stake, Warriors' Frontcourt Sputtering at Worst Time

    CLEVELAND — This would seem no time for cute, not with all that's on the line. Still, since cute has become one of the Warriors' calling cards, with their popular nickname for ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 24 days ago 60,374 reads 226 comments

  9. LeBron James Thriving Without Other Stars, and We Should No Longer Be Surprised

    CLEVELAND — Everyone in Quicken Loans Arena witnessed LeBron James lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 96-91 Game 3 victory Tuesday, but not everyone could fully understand what they were seeing...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 25 days ago 168,229 reads 564 comments

  10. Pressed to Adjust, LeBron James Proving There's More Than One Right Way to Play

    CLEVELAND — Initially by necessity, due to the injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving , but now increasingly by design, LeBron James has transformed himself into the sort ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 26 days ago 64,566 reads 287 comments

  11. With Critics Poised to Pounce, Steph Curry to Experience True Test of Greatness

    OAKLAND, Calif. — If you were standing on the court at Oracle Arena 90 minutes prior to tipoff of Game 2, minding your own business, not suspecting the spectacular, not noticing ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 27 days ago 96,625 reads 409 comments

  12. Kyrie Irving's Loss Leaves LeBron James Facing Another Lost Year of His Prime

    OAKLAND — LeBron James sat at the podium Friday, still slick with sweat, following a solo spectacle, a 20-minute shooting workout on the main floor of Oracle Arena, one ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 29 days ago 230,184 reads 926 comments

  13. NBA Finals May Be over Already, Unless LeBron Can Be Better Than He's Ever Been

    OAKLAND — The visiting locker room at Oracle Arena was cool, comfortable and, considering the circumstances, not especially cramped following the Golden State Warriors' 108-100 overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 171,405 reads 907 comments

  14. The Miami Heat, in Surprising Showdown, Simply Can't Afford to Lose Dwyane Wade

    From the first press conference —one Pat Riley called "an innocent beginning" while gushing about a 21-year-old's maturity, defensive mentality and ability to finish games—South ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 174,959 reads 402 comments

  15. Again King of the East, LeBron Faces Few Looming Threats to Conference Reign

    Following shootaround, still several hours prior to the opening game of what was expected to be an entertaining and relatively even Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James sat inside ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 140,714 reads 503 comments

  16. In Taking Control of East Finals, LeBron Again Separates Himself as a Superstar

    ATLANTA — It's always tough to pinpoint when one player breaks another team's spirit, especially in a game won via a plethora of passes...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 132,910 reads 646 comments

  17. For Cavaliers and Hawks Coaches, Managing Injuries, Lineups Will Prove Tricky

    ATLANTA — Memories, like pain, can fade over time, even for LeBron James , who has shown a remarkable ability to recollect even the smallest details of his basketball career...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 26,270 reads 94 comments

  18. J.R. Smith, Leader? After Another Clutch Performance, the Cavaliers Say So

    ATLANTA — The first shot was a bit forced, though not quite to the degree of some others, a curl that led to a step-back, and then a splash, as the ball fit through the rim with 10 seconds left on the shot clock...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 75,596 reads 229 comments

  19. Even Without Home-Court Edge, LeBron Faces Expectations of a Favorite, as Usual

    ATLANTA — Attribute it to the lateness of the hour, or the season, but any pretense officially evaporated not long before midnight last Thursday in Chicago, any charade that LeBron James was supposed to finish second to anybody...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 89,335 reads 342 comments

  20. Cavaliers Earn Some Validation with Impressive Beatdown of the Bulls

    CHICAGO — Thursday's celebration was subdued by series-winning standards, but that shouldn't be mistaken for any missing satisfaction after the Cleveland Cavaliers ' 94-73 Game 6 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 60,886 reads 337 comments

  21. On Brink of Elimination, Bulls Facing Not Only End of Season, but End of an Era

    CHICAGO — It isn't often that a superstar, after playing at a level nearing perfection, heartily praises the person who was trying to strategize against him...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 118,876 reads 378 comments

  22. More Decisive LeBron James Gives Cavaliers Control of Series vs. Bulls

    CLEVELAND — When you need to win a game, like the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to win this game, you want the ball in your best player's hands as often as possible...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 126,631 reads 324 comments

  23. No Matter How Good a Coach David Blatt May Be, Is He Right for LeBron James?

    CLEVELAND — Not even a game-winning shot in the conference semifinals is suitable to serve as the lead to the next day's sportscast—not in this Cavaliers season, not when there's a firestorm to be fueled...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 93,287 reads 191 comments

  24. The Chicago Bulls Can't Wait Too Long to Fix Their Joakim Noah Problem

    CLEVELAND — It is the ultimate tribute to Joakim Noah and everything he represents that he has earned so much appreciation, so many accolades, even with all his awkwardness...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 156,078 reads 294 comments

  25. LeBron James Adjusts His Mindset, and It's Just What His 'Shorthanded' Cavs Need

    CLEVELAND — He knew. Somehow, he always does. Maybe he saw it on someone's social media stream, if between the final buzzer and his shower, he'd broken briefly from that boycott...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 63,574 reads 189 comments