Basketball

  • Caris LeVert, A Star is Born: As told by Jared Dudley, Kenny Atkinson and Spencer Dinwiddie

    Our Bryan Fonseca asked some of the Nets about whether or not Caris LeVert’s level of production can be maintained throughout the 2018-19 season. Of course, 65% from the field probably can’t be, but is he destined for stardom?

  • Carmelo Anthony brought out ‘Hoodie Melo’ for Thunder media day

    Can’t spell Carmelo Anthony without Hoodie Melo.

    Carmelo Anthony seems ready to embrace Oklahoma City and he’s brought his hoodies with him. The best part about this offseason was being formally introduced to Anthony’s better half: Hoodie Melo.

  • Carmelo Anthony deserved better from the New York Knicks

    He had his flaws, but the Knicks shoulder most of the blame for his six-year tenure not fulfilling its promise.

    I remember exactly where I was the night Carmelo Anthony broke the record.

    I was at a bar called Stillwater Tavern in Hampton, Va., where I did my undergrad years. While my friends were ordering drinks, I was watching Melo go to work against the Bobcats on a cold winter night in January. I was obsessed with the Knicks back then. I still am.

  • Carmelo Anthony Is Set to Sign With the Rockets

    Carmelo Anthony is planning to sign with the Houston Rockets upon clearing waivers in coming days, according to two people with knowledge of his plans.

    Anthony is unlikely to become a free agent before next week, at the earliest, because his pending trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks could take several days to be officially completed, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the trade publicly.

  • Carmelo Anthony isn’t interested in playing for the Cavaliers, per report

    Anthony isn’t interested in the Cavaliers’ dysfunction

    It’s August and the NBA’s offseason hasn’t been able to slow down, largely because of the Knicks struggles to move on from Carmelo Anthony. (Of course, Kyrie Irving’s trade request has energized the news cycle, as well.) It doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon.

  • Carmelo Anthony moves step to closer to Houston after reported three-team trade

    Half a Banana Boat Crew is better than nothing.

    Thursday’s reported trade of Carmelo Anthony from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team deal also involving the Philadelphia 76ers -- and which will be followed by the Hawks waiving Anthony -- obviously clears the way for Anthony to join Chris Paul in Houston. This move has been rumored for weeks once it became clear OKC had to get rid of Anthonyto lower what would have been a lethal luxury tax bill next year.

  • Carmelo Anthony says Knicks almost traded him to the Rockets and Cavaliers

    The trades that never were.

    This wild NBA offseason got a tad wilder when Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last weekend in a blockbuster deal. But according to Anthony himself, a blockbuster trade elsewhere could have happened much sooner.

  • Carmelo Anthony to reportedly sign for veteran’s minimum with the Rockets

    One step closer.

    Marc Stein is reporting that Carmelo Anthony will officially sign with the Houston Rockets after the Atlanta Hawks release him and he clears waivers.

    Melo has done everything except write his John Hancock on the dotted line. He is going to become a Rocket.

  • Carmelo Anthony traded to Thunder in blockbuster deal

    Melo joins the Thunder after helping drag New York out of the doldrums of NBA standings.

    The New York Knicks have traded perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal marks the end of a seven-year period of Anthony as the face of Knicks basketball.

    As part of the deal, New York receives Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick via the Bulls.

  • Carmelo Anthony will accept a trade to teams other than Rockets, per report

    Anthony had been set on joining the Rockets, but with the season approaching, he may waive his no-trade clause for another team.

    Carmelo Anthony has expanded his list of teams that he would accept a trade to, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, and one of those teams is the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the season looming, this is a clear sign that Anthony has blinked — he wants out of New York, even if it’s not on his exact terms.

  • Carmelo Anthony’s frustrating tenure in Oklahoma City is ending

    When he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, Carmelo Anthony’s career suddenly was granted a reprieve. Sure, playing in New York afforded Melo visibility and a certain kind of status, but it had been four years since Melo’s Knicks had even sniffed the playoffs.

    No longer would he be playing for a clueless franchise whose team president went out of his way to denigrate his game and blame him for the team’s failures. As a veteran with a no-trade clause, the deal required his sign-off. Melo not only agreed, he also waived his $8 million trade kicker.

  • Cavaliers beat Celtics 124-118 behind strong game from the Big Three

    The Cavaliers survived a late push to top the Celtics.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 124-118 on TNT on Thursday night. The matchup pitted the heavy Eastern Conference favorites against one of the few teams with a hope of beating them. The Cavaliers stepped up to the challenge, bouncing back from the Monday loss to the Pistons. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead the team to victory, each had a double double, but overall the Cavaliers put on a stellar offensive showing.

  • Cavaliers blow past Raptors

    LeBron James scored 39 points, hopped Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the career playoff scoring list and pushed the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 125-103 blowout over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Wednesday night.

    Just like a year ago in the conference finals, the Cavs are up 2-0 on the Raptors, who had better figure some things out or this series will be over quickly. Toronto was blown out for the fifth straight time in Cleveland in the playoffs, losing each by an average of 24.2 points.

  • Cavaliers break NBA’s regular season 3-point record with 25 makes

    The Cleveland Cavaliers hit 25 three-pointers against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, the second time they’ve done just that in the past 12 months. With the 25 threes, the Cavaliers have set a new regular season record for made triples while tying their own all-time record.

  • Cavaliers drop Game 2 107-94, trail Celtics 2-0

    Just like that, the Cavaliers are down 2-0 to the Celtics. Forty-two points from LeBron Jameswere not enough as Cleveland lost Tuesday’s Game 2 in Boston 107-94.

    James also finished with 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavs with Kevin Love adding 22 points of his own. Cleveland even lead in this game, holding onto a four-point lead after the first quarter and seven points at half time. And then all of it — Game 2, maybe the Cavs’ season if they can’t rebound from this — unraveled.

  • Cavaliers eke out 120-116 win against Suns

    The Cavaliers nearly blew a 20-point lead, but still came out on top against the Suns on the road.

    Despite losing a 20-point lead to start the second half, the Cavaliers held on in a closely fought game in Phoenix to open up their west coast road trip with a 120-116 win. The Cavs appeared to be cruising to a comfortable win on the road in Phoenix with a 69-53 lead at the half, but the were caught flat-footed in the third quarter by a Suns’ 25-7 run.

  • Cavaliers hold on in Brooklyn for 116-108 victory

    The Cavaliers secured a workmanlike victory against the Nets on Friday night.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-108 Friday night in the Big Apple. The game saw the return of both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving for the Cavs and both stars were needed to secure the victory. Bolstered by the return of two of the Big Three, fans probably thought this game would be an easy win for the Wine and Gold but Brooklyn was competitive throughout the game.

  • Cavaliers interested in Jimmy Butler trade with help from 3rd team, per report

    Cleveland needs to match Golden State’s firepower. Adding Jimmy Butler to the mix would be a step in the right direction.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have vaulted themselves into trade discussions in an attempt to acquire Chicago Bulls All-Star Jimmy Butler, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

    The Cavaliers reportedly worked on Monday to add a third team to the deal to give Chicago the necessary assets — young players and draft picks — needed to pry the two-way wing from the Bulls.

  • Cavaliers overcome Raptors in OT, 113-112

    Behind LeBron’s triple-double, the Cavs manage to take the 1-0 series lead.

    The Cavaliers couldn’t have won that game, right?

    Cleveland played Game 1 in Toronto after playing a little over 48 hours ago. LeBron Jamesshot 12-of-30 from the field. Kevin Love shot 3-of-13 from the field, yet somehow the Cavaliers managed to steal one game north of the border.

  • Cavaliers projected to win 49 games by ESPN

    The Cavs might not win 50 next year, according to Kevin Pelton’s model.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly underperformed in last year’s regular season, going 51-31 while struggling with injuries, continuity problems, and of course, incredibly inconsistent effort.