Paul Flannery

NBA Columnist

Paul Flannery writes about the NBA for and teaches journalism at Boston University. He lives in Cambridge, hates to drive and is probably waiting for the Green Line.


LeBron's decision to opt out, explained

By exercising an early termination option on his contract, LeBron James will be a free agent. Here's what that actually means.


This is what a championship sounds like

Paul Flannery hung out with Spurs diehards to discover what it sounds like when San Antonio wins a championship.

Will the Heat show up to the fight?


What kind of performance will we see from Miami in Game 5? Will there be massive adjustments, or a better focus and attention to detail? There are many questions and some of them may even have answers.

Spurs aren't ready for retirement talk ... yet


When will it end for the San Antonio Spurs? It's a question that's been kicked around for almost a decade. We may know the answer soon.

The Spurs paint their masterpiece

Only the Spurs could follow up a historic performance with an even better night. Now they return home with a commanding 3-1 leads in the NBA Finals while the Heat are left with nothing but questions.

The NBA's last honest man

As rumors about another superstar and innuendo flew around around South Florida, the present never felt so real, even as the future seemed so attainable. Leave it to Chris Bosh to put things back into focus.

Nobody knows what'll happen in the NBA Finals

Everyone saw the Spurs' Game 3 shooting explosion coming, right? Clearly.

LeBron's Game 2 response is a giant middle finger

After two days of criticism and cheap shots, LeBron James provided the perfect response in Game 2, right down to the pass that helped Miami tie the series.


Pop hates threes and other Finals notes

Paul Flannery empties his notebook from the long two-day break between Finals games.

LeBron's cramps are no joke

From his teammates to his rivals, no one is criticizing LeBron James for leaving Game 1 of the NBA Finals with debilitating leg cramps. If that's good enough for them it should be good enough for us.

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