1. 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 2 days ago 250,808 reads 195 comments

  2. 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 21 days ago 213,557 reads 196 comments

  3. 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 4 months ago 214,451 reads 89 comments

  4. 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 5 months ago 441,792 reads 408 comments

  5. 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 6 months ago 218,106 reads 160 comments

  6. 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 6 months ago 331,209 reads 250 comments

  7. 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 6 months ago 166,238 reads 163 comments

  8. 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 6 months ago 92,980 reads 151 comments

  9. 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 9 months ago 148,056 reads 184 comments

  10. 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 10 months ago 65,449 reads 92 comments

  11. 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 10 months ago 253,946 reads 433 comments

  12. 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 10 months ago 363,036 reads 236 comments

  13. 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 11 months ago 442,961 reads 417 comments

  14. 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 11 months ago 217,804 reads 931 comments

  15. 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 11 months ago 187,661 reads 1104 comments

  16. Vindication at Last? Mike D'Antoni's Fingerprints All Over the NBA Finals

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors are two victories away from a championship, and Mike D'Antoni is feeling a surge of emotions. He is thrilled for his friend, Alvin Gentry, the Warriors associate head coach...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 140,405 reads 199 comments

  17. The Wrong J.R. Smith Showing Up at Most Inopportune Time for Cavs in NBA Finals

    CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith arrived at Game 4 of the NBA Finals with a fedora on his head and a hoverboard beneath his feet. He glided through the arena corridors, a portrait of cool...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 185,553 reads 371 comments

  18. Emergence of Matthew Dellavedova Has Made Cavs' Nightmare a Potential Fantasy

    CLEVELAND — In February, when the Cleveland Cavaliers were still evolving, when Kyrie Irving was still spry and Matthew Dellavedova was a quiet curiosity, David Griffin made some inquiries, scouring the league for another point guard...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 110,219 reads 277 comments

  19. Though Down, Stephen Curry Rediscovers Bounce in His Step, Warriors Find Hope

    CLEVELAND — All Stephen Curry needed was an inch or two of space. That's all he ever needs. But the Cleveland Cavaliers would not cede it . He shook off Matthew Dellavedova , only to find Iman Shumpert bursting into his path...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 174,059 reads 699 comments

  20. LeBron Taps into His Inner MJ, and the Cavs Find the NBA Finals Far from Over

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The distance between the locker room and the postgame podium at Oracle Arena is about 40 yards, a space LeBron James could probably cover in five seconds, if properly motivated...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 313,509 reads 1108 comments

  21. Longtime Warriors Fans Hoping NBA Finals Will Bring End to 40 Years of Misery

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Where should we begin this tale of woe? We could start with the blown draft picks. There have been scores of them over the years. We could catalog all of the talented players who left or were foolishly traded away...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 53,726 reads 285 comments

  22. Unable to Find Unity Needed in NBA, Bulls, Thibodeau Part Ways...as They Should

    If you sketched out a model for an ideal NBA franchise, it might look something like this: A savvy front office that consistently discovers and acquires talented, high-character ...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 92,256 reads 203 comments

  23. In Leading Cavs to NBA Finals, LeBron Shows Why He Is Game's Top Handyman

    CLEVELAND — The essay was 951 words long, and it veered wildly from sentimentality to pragmatism to outright romanticism...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 11 months ago 141,338 reads 645 comments

  24. On Brink of Elimination, Hawks Still Believe Star-Less Approach Will Win...Soon

    CLEVELAND — If the Atlanta Hawks were a political campaign, they would be worried right now about the optics. Their paid pollster would pore over a spreadsheet and sigh, while a team of strategic consultants shook their heads in dismay...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 12 months ago 63,719 reads 175 comments

  25. LeBron at His Grittiest, Not His Greatest, Puts Cavs Within a Win of Needed Rest

    CLEVELAND — At approximately 11:33 p.m. ET Sunday, LeBron James ' legs buckled, and his knees and palms touched the court, while a happy pandemonium erupted around him...

    Howard Beck Written by Howard Beck about 12 months ago 150,185 reads 502 comments