Paul Flannery

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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.

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Going in-depth with the 2014 NBA Draft class

Who will be the top pick in the draft? Who stands out among the next tier of prospects? What about the international players? It's time to get serious with Draft Express' Jonathan Givony on this...

Cavs aren't the lottery's only winner


Life isn't fair, and neither is the draft lottery. The Cleveland Cavaliers were the big winners, but who else fared well with the fickle hand of fate?


Miami's quiet quest

Unlike years past, the Miami Heat have stayed out of the spotlight and away from controversy. As the conference finals approach, they seem more relaxed and at ease with their championship quest.


Dante Exum, the NBA Draft's biggest mystery

The Australian guard didn't participate at the combine, but he was still the biggest draw. So who is he?

The inside story of Mark Jackson's dismissal

Why did Mark Jackson get fired by the Warriors? Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News joins the Drive & Kick podcast to peel back the layers on the coach's controversial exit from Golden State.


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...

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.

The beginning of SLAM


Before the basketball internet took shape, there was SLAM magazine. Bold, unapologetic and willing to tell stories that weren't being told, SLAM was a cultural force that shaped basketball coverage...

Reign of terror


They won zero titles, but led by Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and George Karl, the Seattle Supersonics emerged as one of the most compelling, eclectic and memorable non-champions in NBA history.

Podcast: Talking draft with Jonathan Givony

We've heard a lot of opinions about this year's draft, so we brought in an expert to help us make sense of the 2014 class.


Podcast: How to write great NBA features

What goes into telling a great story? For this week's Drive & Kick podcast we talked to one of the best in the business to find out how he crafts such illuminating profiles.

The Nets' rebirth


Jake Appleman, author of Brooklyn Bounce, talks to us about the rebranding of the Nets and their historic first season in Brooklyn.


Kobe faces his basketball mortality

The 2014 NBA All-Star Game was noteworthy in many ways despite the absence of one of the sport's most notable stars.

The glory days


The Slam Dunk Contest began as a last-ditch idea to save a fledging league. It eventually evolved into the biggest show of the sport.

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