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Now Even the Singers Are Kneeling for National Anthem

Denasia Lawrence joins protest during performance at Miami Heat game

(Newser) - A woman performing the national anthem prior to an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt, the AP reports. Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the... More »

LeBron Back to Cleveland: 'I'm Coming Home'

NBA star returning to his original team

(Newser) - LeBron James is heading back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he first became a superstar. As the local Plain Dealer puts it, "King James has reclaimed his throne." And as James himself puts it, "I'm coming home." In an essay at Sports Illustrated , James explains... More »

LeBron James Opts Out, Will Be Free Agent

Star exercises early termination clause with Heat

(Newser) - America, are you ready for The Decision II? Well, too bad, because LeBron James is apparently taking his talents away from South Beach. The player generally regarded as the NBA's best has decided to opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, his agent tells ESPN . The move... More »

Spurs Rout Heat to Become NBA Champs

They take 5th title with 104-87 win in Game 5

(Newser) - The San Antonio Spurs turned the rematch with the Miami Heat into no match at all. The Spurs finished off a dominant run to their fifth NBA championship Sunday night, ending the Heat's two-year title reign with a 104-87 victory that wrapped up the series in five games. A... More »

LeBron Leads Heat to 2nd Straight Title

James scores 37 points, nabs MVP

(Newser) - Victory in Game 7 brought more than another crown for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. It validated the team and its leader, forever cementing their place among the NBA's greats. For the vanquished San Antonio Spurs, it simply compounded the misery of a championship that got away. James... More »

Heat Forces Game 7, Wins OT Thriller

LeBron James and company beat San Antonio

(Newser) - They're going to Game 7 on Thursday night. LeBron James shrugged off a poor start to get 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds; Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds to play to force overtime; and the Miami Heat staved off elimination with a 103-100 victory... More »

Busy Miami Restaurant's Deck Crashes Into Water

Dozens hurt in collapse during Heat game

(Newser) - Miami Heat fans got far more than they bargained for as they watched last night's game at the crowded Shuckers Waterfront Grill. The restaurant's deck—where 100 people were gathered—collapsed just before halftime, taking dozens with it, the Miami Herald reports. Police and firefighters hurried to the... More »

Spurs Rally, Stun Heat in Game 1

San Antonio surges ahead in 4th quarter to win 92-88

(Newser) - The San Antonio Spurs still have that winning NBA Finals formula of good defense and a little luck on offense. Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left,... More »

Miami's Historic Win Streak Finally Ends

Bulls dethrone them in physical contest

(Newser) - The streak is over. The big prize is still out there. That's what mattered most to LeBron James and the Miami Heat. The Heat's bid for NBA history ended last night when their 27-game winning streak was snapped by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, setting off a raucous celebration... More »

Look Out, LeBron: Howard to Lakers in Blockbuster NBA Trade

James' hopes of a repeat championship just got a lot harder

(Newser) - The NBA world is abuzz with ESPN reports of a huge four-team trade that sends Orlando star Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver and Philadelphia also got in on the deal, which involves at least 10 players and all kinds of draft picks. Kobe Bryant is said to... More »

LeBron Gets His Ring as Miami Heat Routs Thunder

LeBron James is king of Miami's 121-106 win over Oklahoma

(Newser) - LeBron James was king of the court last night as the forward finally made good on his promise to bring an NBA championship to Miami. The Heat suffocated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 in Game 5. LeBron was the star, chalking up a triple-double in 44 minutes, with 26 points,... More »

Heat Tops Thunder, Nears Title

LeBron James battles through thigh cramps

(Newser) - A limping, grimacing LeBron James shook off the pain of leg cramps to hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer and the Miami Heat held on to edge the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-98 last night, taking a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. No team has ever blown a 3-1 lead in... More »

Thunder Drops Game 3 to Heat

Big mistakes result in 91-85 Thunder loss

(Newser) - The lead was 10, the building was quiet, it was late in the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder were on the cusp of grabbing command of the NBA Finals again. Then the mistakes started. Soon, it was the Miami Heat taking the lead in this championship series—and... More »

LeBron: I Know I'm 'Not Superior'

Miami star clarifies his post-game comments

(Newser) - LeBron James was not a happy camper after the Dallas Maverick's win over the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA finals, and he let everyone know about it . In a clarification today, James said the humanity-dissing comments he made may have been misunderstood, and that when it... More »

Herald Runs Ad Praising NBA Champs: Miami Heat!

Unfortunately, the team lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks

(Newser) - At least Miami Heat fans have one positive newspaper clipping for the scrapbook. The morning after the Heat lost the NBA finals to the Dallas Mavericks, the Miami Herald mistakenly ran a nearly full-page Macy's ad congratulating the Heat on its "win" and offering championship T-shirts and hats.... More »

LeBron James: A King Deposed

Miami's loss shatters James' reputation

(Newser) - Sports columns everywhere are thick with schadenfreude today after LeBron James yet again vanished during the fourth quarter to hand Dallas the NBA title . Here’s what people are saying:
  • LeBron is still royalty, but he’s not a king—he’s “an emperor with no clothes,” writes
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LeBron to Former Fans: Your Lives Still Suck

Meanwhile Dan Gilbert rejoices over Mavericks win

(Newser) - LeBron James gave his detractors a whole new reason to hate him in his post-game press conference last night, essentially telling them that he’d rather have his life than theirs. “At the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail … they... More »

Mavericks Beat LeBron's Heat, Win NBA Title

Dirk Nowitzki takes MVP honors for Dallas

(Newser) - For Dirk Nowitzki, the resume is complete. He's an NBA champion. For LeBron James, the agonizing wait continues for at least one more year. Avenging what happened five years ago in perfect turnabout style, the Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA title by winning Game 6 of these finals... More »

NBA Scores Through Social Media

With more than 117M followers, the league brings fans close to the action

(Newser) - While the NFL tortures its fans with a lockout , the NBA is increasingly bringing fans closer to the action with an aggressive and sophisticated social media campaign. In the midst of a marquee finals match-up between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, the league consistently beats traditional news services to... More »

Why I'm Rooting for LeBron

He and Miami Heat don't deserve their bad rap: Robert Weintraub

(Newser) - LeBron James and the Miami Heat aren't evil. They're just committed to winning, like any professional sports team, and it's OK to like them. Take it from Robert Weintraub, who defends the honor of the NBA's concocted villain in Slate . "Time for a confession,"... More »

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