1. Past Controversy, Luol Deng Leading the NBA's Effort to Make History in Africa

    It has always been about endurance, the endurance to overcome challenging childhood circumstances, the endurance to push the body past its common limits on the court...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 3 days ago 61,680 reads 76 comments

  2. The Toughest Challenge of All in the NBA? Making the Leap from Good to Great

    After his Golden State Warriors reached the NBA Finals for the first time in four decades, their first-year coach, Steve Kerr, summoned a statement that, as he acknowledged, originated with Pat Riley...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 8 days ago 87,610 reads 238 comments

  3. As 2015 NBA Free Agency Wraps Up, Once-Anticipated Class of 2016 Loses Luster

    LAS VEGAS — Free agency isn't quite over, not entirely. Like a yard sale at dusk, there are still some antiques available, such as Tayshaun Prince and Andre Miller...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 15 days ago 227,014 reads 175 comments

  4. In Kristaps Porzingis' Decent Debut, He Shows How Patient Knicks Must Be

    LAS VEGAS — Of all the attributes Kristaps Porzingis will need to survive, let alone succeed, at the NBA level, the one he flashed repeatedly in his meeting with the media ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 20 days ago 136,228 reads 211 comments

  5. A Team Transformed: Inside LeBron James' First Season Back with the Cavaliers

    It was early on a late March night in Memphis , a little over a month after Kendrick Perkins had left any sore feelings and battle scars behind, and heeded the call from a longtime nemesis...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 22 days ago 357,059 reads 421 comments

  6. After DeAndre Jordan Mess, It Might Be Time for NBA to Alter Free-Agency Rules

    ORLANDO, Fla. — No one likes a killjoy, a spoilsport, especially when the transportation emojis , from rocket ships to banana boats, are flying fast and furious in the ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 22 days ago 120,401 reads 398 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 175,451 reads 657 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 210,282 reads 351 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 155,308 reads 246 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 156,549 reads 590 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 153,705 reads 493 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 259,780 reads 907 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 219,350 reads 359 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 60,404 reads 226 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 168,342 reads 564 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 64,591 reads 287 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 96,649 reads 409 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 230,276 reads 927 comments

  19. 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 171,441 reads 907 comments

  20. 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 175,157 reads 402 comments

  21. 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 2 months ago 140,726 reads 503 comments

  22. 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 2 months ago 132,923 reads 646 comments

  23. 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 2 months ago 26,277 reads 94 comments

  24. 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 2 months ago 75,615 reads 229 comments

  25. 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 2 months ago 89,342 reads 342 comments