Superteam Era May Be Here to Stay After LeBron and KD Changed Free-Agency Game

Nothing of note, anyway. Sure, he was jeered mightily in that February game in Oklahoma City by the fans he'd abandoned. And there was that odd night in Vancouver last October, when all of Canada seemed to turn on him, booing every second of his Golden State Warriors preseason debut. But other than that? A taunt here, a catcall there, some boos during pregame intros. Nothing particularly vicious, or loud, or memorable. (OK, there were the cupcakes.) "It wasn't bad at all," Durant tells B/R M

Linsanity a Memory, Nets Offering Second Act for Jeremy Lin and Kenny Atkinson

On his best nights, as the press conferences filled to capacity and the klieg lights shined, Lin would dutifully credit his teammates and coach Mike D'Antoni and give thanks to two others: God and Kenny Atkinson, who until then was as anonymous as Lin. This week, Atkinson made his debut as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, with Lin as his starting point guard—a bit of happy symmetry for two basketball vagabonds who got here the hard way and almost certainly wouldn't be here without each other. Brought together by basketball, reunited by friendship, Lin and Atkinson now face their greatest challenge: making the Nets respectable.

The NBA's Plan to Go Beyond the Anthem

In more than a dozen interviews...a range of NBA figures...laid out a different vision for how a predominantly black league, with a long tradition of social activism, will be part of the movement. Players are still speaking out, but they are eschewing silent protest in favor of actively engaging with law enforcement, civic leaders, children and their communities—demanding change over symbolism because, as Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Conley Jr. said, “Silence isn't going to change anything.”

Iverson, Shaq, Yao Enter Hall with a Trail of Memories and Questions

As of Friday night, he is no longer Shaquille O'Neal, but Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal. The man towering over him on the stage? That's Hall of Famer Yao Ming. The little dude with the cornrows standing among the giants? Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. Their induction into the Hall of Fame certified their place in history, and they were rightfully, often raucously, celebrated for their outsize achievements. O'Neal, Iverson and Yao all dominated the NBA, in their own unique ways.

Durant Leaving Opens Door to Trouble for NBA

For the last eight seasons, Durant's fate has been intertwined with that of Russell Westbrook, a dazzling, fire-breathing, occasionally maddening point guard who sometimes forgets he has teammates—including a guy with an MVP trophy and four scoring titles. Their partnership produced four conference finals appearances, and one trip to the NBA Finals, in the last six years. It also produced a simmering frustration that, in essence, paved the way for his exit.

Would You Pay Dwight Howard $31 Million?

The most riveting performance of Dwight Howard's season came in a television studio on May 10. No basketballs were involved.For 14 minutes, the man once considered the NBA's premier center sat in Atlanta's Studio J and bared his soul for a live national audience. He was prodded along by the genial hosts of TNT's Inside the NBA: Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Matt Winer.This was not an interview. It was an intervention, a confessional and a therapy session, all wrapped together.

Brotherhood: As Their Careers Diverge, LeBron and Carmelo Share Unique Friendship

On the night before the biggest high school basketball game in modern times, two teenage prodigies—strangers, soon to be rivals—sat on a hotel staircase and bonded.They talked for hours, though only briefly about basketball. The boys had so much else in common: raised by single moms; brought up in broken neighborhoods, amid drugs and gunfire and the blare of police sirens; their basketball skills honed on decaying asphalt courts.

The Oral History of Kevin Garnett, Part 1

The perpetual search for lanky, long-limbed, uber-athletes who can swing from the paint to the perimeter—Darius Miles, Stromile Swift, Anthony Randolph—effectively began with Garnett, 20 years ago. As Garnett's brilliant career quietly winds down back where it all began, in Minnesota—after stops in Boston and Brooklyn—it seems like the right time to reflect on one of the most unique figures ever to grace the NBA. B/R spoke to more than 40 people who played or worked with Garnett over the course of his basketball life for a two-part oral history of a unique NBA career.
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