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

    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...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 month ago 710,296 reads 878 comments

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

    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...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 2 months ago 190,627 reads 370 comments

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

    CLEVELAND — Kevin Love has lost control. Not of his emotions, which the Cleveland Cavaliers veteran holds dutifully in check, forever shrouded from public view...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 43,579 reads 151 comments

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

    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...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 133,793 reads 237 comments

  5. Despite NBA's Efforts, Era of the Superteam Has Made Finals a Yearly Rerun

    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 ...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 153,739 reads 348 comments

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

    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...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 164,450 reads 484 comments

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

    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...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 167,294 reads 387 comments

  8. With Unshakable Resiliency, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan Can Shock the Cavs

    TORONTO — Twenty thousand seats line the Air Canada Centre, but they are empty. The high-definition scoreboard is dark, the speakers silent. On game nights, the arena is packed and booming, a cauldron of happy chaos and national pride...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 45,476 reads 176 comments

  9. Cavaliers Haven't Lost Control, but They've Given Raptors Reason to Believe

    TORONTO — LeBron James is a man of many and varied talents. Playmaker. Scorer. Leader. Pitchman. On Saturday night, he was a jukebox. One moment, he was singing a cheesy 1980s pop song...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 66,954 reads 250 comments

  10. Knicks' Decision to Hire Hornacek a Surprise, but Just What Phil Jackson Wanted

    NEW YORK — If you want to tag along on Phil Jackson 's long, strange NBA journey, it's best to tighten your seatbelt and load up on the Dramamine. The road is twisted, the driver wickedly unpredictable...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 3 months ago 118,795 reads 122 comments

  11. The Last Days of Lob City? Inside the Clippers' Latest Playoff Demise

    It's nearing 10:30 p.m. on April 17, a pleasant spring evening in downtown Los Angeles, and the locker room that houses the Clippers basketball team looks like a daycare center...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 4 months ago 267,427 reads 198 comments

  12. Kobe's Unforgettable Finale a Perfectly Drawn Portrait of a Unique NBA Career

    LOS ANGELES — I came to say goodbye to a legend. Kobe Bryant refused. It was too soon, by three weeks. And Kobe Bryant, as you might know, does everything on his own terms...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 5 months ago 214,941 reads 196 comments

  13. Despite Changes, Nets Won't Move Forward Until They Admit Failures of Past

    NEW YORK — Mikhail Prokhorov came to the NBA with billions in the bank, a rich sense of humor and a wealth of audacity. He wielded it all with an impish glee...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 8 months ago 214,548 reads 89 comments

  14. Why Everyone in the NBA Hates the Los Angeles Clippers

    This is a story about hate. Not hate in the contemporary usage, in which the word is indiscriminately deployed as a cheap defense against unwelcome opinions. ("You think Kobe shoots too much? You're just a hater ...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 8 months ago 443,571 reads 408 comments

  15. Amid the Points and Applause, One Single Shot Ignited Love Story of Kobe, NYC

    NEW YORK — The farewell came Sunday at 5:59 p.m ET, with hugs and smiles, a stirring ovation and one final wave—an NBA legend and a legendary arena sharing a last embrace...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 10 months ago 218,211 reads 160 comments

  16. Where Are All the Black NBA Coaches? Examining a Sudden, Silent Disappearance

    On March 3 of this year, the Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw. It was not a controversial decision. The Nuggets were listing. Shaw was struggling. A change seemed inevitable...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 10 months ago 335,375 reads 250 comments

  17. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Q&A: Hall of Famer Discusses His Complex Image, State of NBA

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , author, activist, actor and, oh yes, NBA Hall of Famer recently stopped by Bleacher Report's office in New York City to talk a little bit about Kareem: Minority ...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 10 months ago 166,689 reads 163 comments

  18. With Pivotal Season Ahead, Can Kevin Durant Be What Kevin Durant Was?

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The play begins 75 feet from the basket, with a lunge and a steal, the start of a Kevin Durant breakaway. The strange murmurs begin a split-second later...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 10 months ago 93,558 reads 151 comments

  19. As NBA Schedule-Maker Departs, He Takes with Him an Era League Won't See Again

    The memorabilia has been bubble-wrapped—the autographed Willis Reed print, the kitschy poster from the 1978 Finals. A brawny typewriter, the Royal 440, rests on the radiator...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 year ago 148,408 reads 184 comments

  20. Influx of Money Across League May Not Guarantee NBA Labor Peace, But It Should

    We have just witnessed an NBA spending spree unparalleled in speed and scope: two weeks, $2.6 billion in new player contracts. Everyone who loves the game should celebrate it. The players, obviously...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 year ago 65,494 reads 92 comments

  21. Lakers, Knicks Finding Salary-Cap Space and Big-Market Allure Are Fool's Gold

    In the frenzied early hours of NBA free agency, with cash flowing and promises flying, Greg Monroe— Age: 25; Position: forward; Upside: high — paused to consider his options...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 year ago 253,982 reads 433 comments

  22. Forget Everything You Know About Free Agency, Because It's All About to Change

    The NBA free-agent market generally moves to a steady, predictable beat—a metronome powered by a cash register. Players hit the market. The drawer opens. The drawer empties...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 year ago 363,109 reads 236 comments

  23. Phil Jackson, NBA's Lord of the Rings, Faces Ultimate Test: Saving the Knicks

    For 1,042 days, from 2011 to 2014, Phil Jackson was an unemployed basketball legend, living by the beach in Playa del Rey, California. With no players to coach, and no championships to chase, he channeled his energy into other interests...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 year ago 443,361 reads 417 comments

  24. Death to the Superteam! Warriors Craft New Model in Winning NBA Championship

    CLEVELAND — It was nearly 1 a.m. ET when Joe Lacob emerged from a Champagne-soaked room, full of Champagne-soaked revelers and stepped into a Champagne-soaked hallway at ...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 year ago 217,893 reads 931 comments

  25. NBA Finals May Be LeBron's Signature Moment, Even as Cavs' Title Hopes Fade

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Eleven months after penning his poetic homecoming letter, reigniting the passions of Northeast Ohio, LeBron James sat stoically in front of an NBA Finals ...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 1 year ago 187,695 reads 1104 comments