1. NBA Insider: Iceman to Klay Thompson: Nice Shooting, Kid, but Record Still Mine

    The texts started lighting up George Gervin's phone last Friday night, a buzzing stream of exclamations and wonderment. Some kid had just broken an unbreakable scoring record. A nearly four-decade-old record...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 days ago 212,732 reads 214 comments

  2. NBA Insider: Mark Cuban Makes All-Too-Rare Admission in Rebuilding Mavericks

    It is rare for an NBA franchise owner to publicly admit mistakes, and rarer still for an owner to admit a mistake and simultaneously rectify it with an emphatic reversal of agenda...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 15 days ago 135,588 reads 87 comments

  3. The Curious Case of Josh Smith, the NBA's Most Unique Franchise Savior

    Years from now, NBA historians will tell a fascinating tale, of the wild, winding odyssey of Josh Smith — of the lives he touched, the fates he altered and the brows he ...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 17 days ago 135,943 reads 167 comments

  4. With Big Trade, Phil Jackson Prepares Knicks for Painful , but Overdue, Rebuild

    NEW YORK — One by one, Phil Jackson summoned his new charges to his office last April, and one by one, he asked this bedraggled assortment of professional basketball players to assess themselves...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 24 days ago 269,054 reads 411 comments

  5. NBA Insider: West Playoff Race Headed for Surprisingly Early Conclusion

    This should be a buoyant time for the New Orleans Pelicans, a time of boundless possibilities. There should be confidence in Phoenix, optimism in Sacramento and hope in Denver. There should be...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 month ago 186,015 reads 192 comments

  6. Nets' Willingness to Deal Signals Necessary Course Correction for Plan Gone Awry

    NEW YORK — A reckoning is coming. A trade, maybe several, that will radically reshape the Brooklyn Nets as we have come to know and love (and/or mock, and/or disdain) them...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 month ago 176,406 reads 126 comments

  7. Knicks Need Only Look in the Mirror to See Reasons Behind Their Demise

    NEW YORK — During his three-year NBA sabbatical, Phil Jackson wrote another book, watched a lot of basketball and mastered a new form of communication: the tweet...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 month ago 148,697 reads 183 comments

  8. Amid Turmoil Surrounding Kings, Rudy Gay Emerging as Crucial Agent of Change

    SACRAMENTO — It wasn't an epiphany. That would imply an instantaneous realization, an aha moment. Rudy Gay 's awakening didn't happen all at once. It came gradually, through a series of jolts to his confidence and his psyche...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 month ago 173,775 reads 88 comments

  9. NBA Insider: Players, Teams Poised to Move as NBA's Trade Season Kicks Off

    Eric Bledsoe was the last elite free agent to get a contract last summer, re-signing with the Phoenix Suns on Sept. 24 after a protracted and contentious negotiation...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 month ago 289,006 reads 347 comments

  10. Cavs' Big 3 Showing Cracks That Could Leave LeBron and Co. Far Short of Title

    Any retelling of the Boston Celtics ' 2008 championship run must include three staples of modern NBA lore: the duck boat ride, the preseason trip to Rome and the introduction of "Ubuntu...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 2 months ago 127,091 reads 342 comments

  11. Rajon Rondo's Resurgence Leaves Rebuilding Celtics with Difficult Decisions

    BOSTON — Rajon Rondo fills the box score and, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the box score brings Rajon Rondo, in all his dazzling eccentricity, to life...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 2 months ago 94,651 reads 161 comments

  12. Union Chief's Attack on Owners May Needlessly Complicate Relations with NBA

    The next NBA labor war did not begin this week, though you could be forgiven for thinking it had. "Union Chief: NBA Owners Expendable," blared the ESPN video's title...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 18,987 reads 51 comments

  13. New Tone Set by Adam Silver May Prove Vital as NBA Faces Thornier Issues Ahead

    On a pleasant spring day, flanked by NBA legends on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, Kevin Johnson stood and proclaimed, with soaring conviction, that Adam Silver had transcended his title...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 26,245 reads 33 comments

  14. As Injuries Steal Thunder's Heart, OKC Looking for Ways to Survive Season Ahead

    It's hard to see hope through the thicket of walking boots, casts, Ace bandages and gauze littering the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room. Kevin Durant (broken foot) can't walk...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 52,119 reads 65 comments

  15. LeBron James May Never Match the Feats of Michael Jordan, and That's Just Fine

    When he was just a teenager, not yet a legend, Michael Jordan stamped his aspirations on a personalized license plate: It read, "Magic Mike." Yes, long before anyone wanted "to be like Mike," Mike wanted to be like Magic Johnson...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 158,127 reads 503 comments

  16. Bulls Have Carmelo Anthony to Thank for Roster Ready to Make NBA Title Run

    NEW YORK — NBA free agency is a wicked game of musical chairs, a wild rumpus of dollar signs and tangled destinies, each player's decision affecting the next one down the line...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 142,535 reads 256 comments

  17. The Can-Do Kid: Becky Hammon's Incredible Journey from Rapid City to the NBA

    RAPID CITY, S.D. — The nurse shark is a generally docile creature, spanning up to nine feet and 300 pounds and armed with a vise-like jaw lined with thousands of serrated teeth...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 402,093 reads 188 comments

  18. Warriors Hope Steve Kerr Is the Final Ingredient in Creating an NBA Juggernaut

    LOS ANGELES — An abundance of enticing young talent drew Steve Kerr back to California last spring. There was 26-year-old Stephen Curry , the baby-faced point guard with the killer three-point shot...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 4 months ago 73,516 reads 216 comments

  19. TV Windfall Makes for a Happy NBA Now, But Sets Stage for Future Labor Showdown

    NEW YORK — It's not hard to identify the winners when the NBA unveils a $24 billion television rights deal. In short: everyone...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 4 months ago 68,072 reads 98 comments

  20. NBA Needs to Change Its Stance on Domestic Violence in Post-Ray Rice World

    Before blossoming into a borderline All-Star and a nightly triple-double threat, Lance Stephenson earned a more dubious distinction: domestic violence suspect...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 4 months ago 39,647 reads 55 comments

  21. NBA Front-Office Talk Can Be Brutal, but Execs Say Hawks' Ferry Crossed Line

    When the doors are closed, and NBA team executives are speaking freely among themselves, the words can be blunt, and the judgments harsh. A player might be called selfish, or lazy, or a knucklehead, or an alcoholic...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 4 months ago 28,727 reads 46 comments

  22. Timberwolves Have Themselves to Blame for Kevin Love's Impending Departure

    In June 2008, Kevin Love was a bright young NBA prospect—armed with a killer jump shot, a nose for rebounds and a knack for pretty outlet passes—a certified top-10 pick awaiting his destination...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 5 months ago 94,626 reads 256 comments

  23. In Return to Knicks, Carmelo Chooses Best Money Over Best Chance at NBA Title

    Carmelo Anthony recommitted to New York over the weekend, with his own neatly crafted statement and his own warm-and-fuzzy narrative—though without any explicit insight into his thought process...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 7 months ago 213,870 reads 1169 comments

  24. LeBron James Takes Control of Career Narrative Like Few Have in Move to Cavs

    It's the emotions we remember most—the images of flame-engulfed jerseys and shredded "Witness" placards, the faces of anguish and rage. LeBron James decides, and the world reacts with fury...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 7 months ago 90,587 reads 340 comments

  25. Jason Kidd Demonstrates New Level of Treachery in Bolting Nets for Bucks

    Loyalty in professional sports is a fungible concept. It's more like a quaint buzzword, a marketing term, a cliche pandering to fans' belief in a bond that doesn't exist. Players are not truly loyal to the teams and city names on their jerseys...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 7 months ago 206,566 reads 509 comments