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 puts Miami on his back

The Miami Heat needed a great performance from their superstar to get past Brooklyn, and LeBron James delivered an all-time classic.


Hello Brooklyn. We have a series.

Paul Pierce and the Brooklyn Nets took a must-win game from the Heat and in the process began to forge a bond with the city they call home.


The Spurs get their lifetime achievement awards

Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford won awards for their work this season, which was really a continuation of 15 seasons worth of work.


Pierce, KG and coming full circle

From backyard dreams to press row, the series between the Heat and Nets completes a chapter in a life spent in basketball and an appreciation for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

The Kevin Durant backlash begins

Kevin Durant and the Thunder are one loss away from an early playoff exit, and now the presumptive MVP is getting called out by his hometown paper. But OKC's problems run much deeper.

Adam Silver shines with swift justice for Sterling

The NBA's new commissioner impressed in his first true test by swiftly punishing Donald Sterling to the fullest extent allowed by the league's bylaws.

There's nowhere for Donald Sterling to hide

For too long, the NBA has allowed the Clippers' owner to stay hidden in the shadows. The league's greatest shame is finally fully exposed.

The NBA's future is finally being showcased


The first week of the NBA playoffs have featured upsets and memorable performances from the league's young stars, many of whom were neglected by network television this year. This is all very good for a league in the middle of a transition.

Boston's necessary losses


The Boston Celtics lost a lot of games this season. That was the tough part of the rebuilding effort. The better part starts now.

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