Basketball Topics

Jun 28, 2016

NBA stars Durant, Anthony headline 12-man U.S. Olympic team

Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics. James isn’t going to Rio, and neither are many more of basketball’s best players. The Americans think they’ll be just fine with ...

Irving, Barnes to play for U.S. in Rio

Jun 26, 2016

Irving, Barnes to play for U.S. in Rio

The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio. Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes accepted spots on the team to fill out the Americans’ 12-player Olympic squad, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. The decisions come two days before the Americans ...

Massive crowd celebrates with Cavaliers during championship parade

Jun 23, 2016

Massive crowd celebrates with Cavaliers during championship parade

Following a parade choked to a crawl by a massive crowd, after proclamations, speeches and fanfare, Cleveland watched a symbolic passing of the trophy — and the torch. When Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown handed the Larry O’Brien Trophy to Cavaliers ...

Disappointed Warriors vow to return even stronger

Jun 21, 2016

Disappointed Warriors vow to return even stronger

Draymond Green wants to maintain the momentum from a special season that fell short by competing in the Rio Olympics. Klay Thompson plans to take his mind off basketball and missed chances entirely and go watch brother Trayce play baseball for the Los Angeles ...

No need for Warriors to panic despite Game 7 loss

| Jun 21, 2016

No need for Warriors to panic despite Game 7 loss

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Well, as Ron Harper famously told the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, “Don’t mean a thing without the ring.” That was the last season rallying cry/plea when the Bulls were clearly on the way toward a then record breaking 72-win season. Coach Phil Jackson had tried ...

LeBron, Cavs greeted as heroes on return

| Jun 21, 2016

LeBron, Cavs greeted as heroes on return

LeBron James stepped off the plane and into a blizzard of red-and-gold confetti before hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy. It gleamed in the bright summer sun, a symbol of hope and history. As promised, James brought home a championship, the one on hold the ...

Cleveland rocks as title drought finally ends

Jun 20, 2016

Cleveland rocks as title drought finally ends

More tears. Only this time, tears of joy. Cleveland’s championship drought, crossing 52 years, generations and noted by a long list of near misses, is over at last. On Father’s Day, LeBron James, the kid from nearby Akron raised by a single mother, brought ...

Cavaliers hold off Warriors to capture first NBA crown

Jun 20, 2016

Cavaliers hold off Warriors to capture first NBA crown

LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers ...

Warriors, Cavs prepare for winner-takes-all showdown

Jun 19, 2016

Warriors, Cavs prepare for winner-takes-all showdown

Stephen Curry knows that the record-setting 73 wins, awards and memorable moments that highlighted Golden State’s special season will only be footnotes if the Warriors can’t quickly find their missing game. The 3-pointers have stopped falling, the swagger has gone missing and the defense ...

Spotlight on Curry, LeBron ahead of Game 7

Jun 17, 2016

Spotlight on Curry, LeBron ahead of Game 7

It’s the two-time reigning Most Valuable Player who is trying to finish off a record-setting season with a second straight NBA title, against a two-time champion who is tantalizingly close to finally ending Cleveland’s 52-year title drought. Steph vs. LeBron. Warriors vs. Cavaliers. Game ...

Cavs force decisive Game 7

Jun 17, 2016

Cavs force decisive Game 7

From the edge of elimination to the brink of history. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have pushed the NBA Finals to their limit. Game 7 is necessary. James scored 41 points, delivering another magnificent performance with no margin for error, Kyrie Irving added ...