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Paul Flannery

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Paul Flannery writes about the NBA for SBNation.com 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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Drive & Kick: Blazing a trail

A long winning streak put the Blazers on the map, and victories over the Pacers and Thunder elevated them to the top of the league. We talk to Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge about LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and the rest of the red-hot Blazers.

All is forgiven in Boston

Doc Rivers made his emotional return to the city where he won a championship, and he and Boston showed their appreciation for each other.

Drive & Kick podcast: Hapless New York

The Knicks are fighting with each other. The Nets are reassigning coaches. It's the battle for New York, or at least the right to stay out of the basement and off the back page. Paul Flannery talks with Howard Beck about the state of New York's haple

Podcast: The Philly story

The 76ers aren't terrible. What's up with that? Paul Flannery talks to CSN Philly's John Gonzalez about the Sixers, Sam Hinkie's plan, what went wrong with Doug Collins and failed congressional runs.

Are the Blazers for real?

With a revamped bench and a high-powered offense, the Blazers are riding a seven-game winning streak. Is the defense good enough to keep pace?

Podcast: Those wacky Knicks

In the inaugural episode of Drive & Kick, Paul Flannery talks Knicks with Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal. What explains their dysfunction? What could fix it? Plus: does the press really influence the decision-making of the teams they cover?

Finding their identity

After four straight losses to open the season, the Boston Celtics have won four straight games. What are we to make of their turnaround?

Life in the cellar

Both the Celtics and Jazz are planning for brighter days in a dreary present. Something had to give when the two winless teams met in Boston.

Why we watch

Only a handful of teams have a legitimate shot at winning an NBA championship this season, but that's not why we keep coming back for more.

Hope springs eternal?

Preseason is a time for big dreams and big fears. We run down very serious best- and worst-case scenarios for every NBA team this season.

LeBron belongs to history

LeBron James keeps climbing the ladder among the NBA's greatest players, but if he can lead the Heat to a third straight title, there will be almost nobody left to pass.

In appreciation of the bold move

Instead of deriding the Brooklyn Nets for excessive spending, we should be praising them for daring to make big moves.

Living and sleeping with the Sox

The Red Sox, the playoffs, and being a father in October.

Optimism, finally

After two years of basketball purgatory and a half-season lost with a scary knee injury, John Wall showed the world why he was a can't-miss prospect. Now, he has the perpetually cursed Wizards thinking big.

Slow and steady

The early returns on the Orlando Magic's long rebuilding project were promising, but there's still lots of work for general manager Rob Hennigan to do to point the franchise in the right direction.

Big Al's credibility

Al Jefferson arrives in Charlotte hoping to provide the franchise enough credibility to help it start walking after years of crawling.

The start of something big

On the surface, this year's Hawks team looks a lot like the nondescript Hawks teams of years past, but this collection is the foundation for something more, not merely the ascension to a plateau.

A tank-free zone

The Bucks have been derided by many for chasing mediocrity instead of embracing a full-on rebuild, but if they have their way, they'll get the best of both worlds.

Patiently building a winner

The Indiana Pacers have offered a model for small-market teams that want to build a contender without tanking, but is that enough to get over the top?

Crazier things have worked

Offseason acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings have certainly made the Pistons the most interesting team in the NBA, at least to curious League Pass dorks. But can Detroit actually make this mix work?

Time to start winning

The Cavaliers have been rebuilding/tanking for three years since losing LeBron James. Those efforts have earned them a strong young core, but it's time for that core to achieve meaningful results.

#TheReturn, finally

It's been 18 months since Derrick Rose last stepped on an NBA floor. He returns to a team that might have only one year to recapture the magic of 2010-11. No pressure.

Was last year as good as it gets?

The Knicks put together an improbable 54-win season, then saw many of their top rivals improve significantly. Can they keep pace in the East? Will their stylistic advantage fade?

Rondo's unanswered questions

Rajon Rondo technically answered questions at the Celtics' media day on Monday, but even more live on.

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