1. Kevin Durant, Warriors Set to Face Unprecedented Pressure After Joining Forces

    The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors may go down as the greatest basketball team ever assembled. Kevin Durant 's decision to join the same juggernaut that eliminated his Oklahoma ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 149,958 reads 559 comments

  2. Luol Deng's Huge Contract Is a Smart Gamble for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Luol Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday morning. It’s a smart gamble that gives the Lakers legitimate talent in a position of need...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 109,036 reads 188 comments

  3. Los Angeles Lakers Had No Choice with Timofey Mozgov's Massive Contract

    The Los Angeles Lakers cannon-balled into free agency late Thursday night by inking one of the most disconcerting contracts in recent NBA history...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 188,825 reads 335 comments

  4. Brandon Ingram on His NBA Future: 'I Don't Think I Have a Ceiling'

    Before Brandon Ingram makes his NBA debut, a rabid Los Angeles Lakers fanbase has already stacked an unreasonable amount of pressure on his willowy frame...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 10,466 reads 20 comments

  5. The Los Angeles Lakers Should Stay Away from Hassan Whiteside at All Costs

    Heading into free agency with more cap space than any other NBA team —and a clear desire to distance themselves from last year’s Kobe-centric sideshow—the Los ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 month ago 93,150 reads 187 comments

  6. Brandon Ingram Would Be Perfect Weapon for LA Lakers in Modern NBA

    Toward the conclusion of Brandon Ingram’s initial media scrum in Los Angeles, the lanky, prodigiously gifted prospect—who in all likelihood will be selected by the Lakers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 2 months ago 26,751 reads 70 comments

  7. What If Ben Simmons Falls to the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2?

    With the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers will likely select whichever franchise-altering prospect the Philadelphia 76ers don’t: Louisiana State University’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 114,745 reads 181 comments

  8. Jordan Clarkson Is Ready for the Biggest Offseason of His Life

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — It’s a sleepy afternoon as Jordan Clarkson—dressed in spotless white vans, modishly torn jeans and a self-graffitied white hoodie—plops down for lunch...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 140,651 reads 196 comments

  9. What's at Stake in the 2016 NBA Lottery?

    Every team participating in Tuesday night's 2016 NBA draft lottery enters the event with a combination of hope and dread, knowing that luck alone determines its fate...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 69,393 reads 118 comments

  10. Oklahoma City Thunder Must Also Cope with Stephen Curry's Shadow in WCF

    The Golden State Warriors are a force beyond belief, when Steph Curry is healthy enough to stand on the court, whether he's dribbling the ball or drifting 35 feet from the action...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 65,177 reads 159 comments

  11. Byron Scott on NBA Head Coaching: 'Loyalty Is Not What It Used to Be'

    Life as an NBA head coach is always spent dangling over the edge. Except for a precious few who are exempt from a sudden ax, the position comes with virtually no job security...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 32,382 reads 105 comments

  12. Baron Davis' 'The Drew' Is a Story Worth Telling

    The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce opens with a famous and true quote from Nelson Mandela about the power of sport. To paraphrase: Sport brings people together. It strengthens bonds within communities and families that are otherwise fractured...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 71,146 reads 27 comments

  13. Luke Walton Must Introduce the Los Angeles Lakers to Modern NBA Basketball

    The Los Angeles Lakers are at rock bottom but believe they’ve found the coach who can shepherd them back into title contention...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 63,851 reads 158 comments

  14. Down 3-2, the LA Clippers Still Believe in Miracles

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers won 53 games and closed out the 2015-16 regular season with a top-six offense and top-six defense. That team no longer exists...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 4,771 reads 28 comments

  15. The Los Angeles Lakers Are Finally Like Everybody Else

    For much, if not all, of their history, the Los Angeles Lakers have been NBA royalty. They've won far more than they've lost, with sharp coaching, revered stars and, above all else, Lady Luck permanently affixed on their shoulders...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 85,022 reads 152 comments

  16. Once Clippers' Achilles' Heel, L.A.'s Depth Becoming an Asset at the Right Time

    The primary downfall of every Los Angeles Clippers playoff run, since Doc Rivers became head coach and president, has been a glaring lack of depth. As talented as Chris Paul , Blake Griffin , DeAndre Jordan and J...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 38,869 reads 31 comments

  17. Portland Trail Blazers Must Contain Chris Paul, J.J. Redick to Save Season

    LOS ANGELES — There are several important matchups to watch as the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers do battle in their first-round series...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 8,338 reads 47 comments

  18. Combating Small Ball Key to Playoff Success for Blake Griffin, LA Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers ’ path to the NBA Finals is littered with booby traps, unscalable walls and, in all likelihood, the history-making Golden State Warriors ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 35,122 reads 75 comments

  19. LA Lakers Paid Immeasurable Price for Kobe Bryant's Farewell Tour

    The Los Angeles Lakers closed out their 2015-16 season Wednesday night with perhaps the defining performance of Kobe Bryant ’s career...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 240,082 reads 251 comments

  20. Kobe Bryant Puts Exclamation Point on Career with Surreal, Epic Finale

    LOS ANGELES — The last game of Kobe Bryant ’s career—arguably the most lionized in NBA history—began like just about every other game this season: with ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 4 months ago 234,569 reads 488 comments

  21. Rounding Up the Reasons Los Angeles Lakers Should Fire Byron Scott

    Byron Scott’s second season as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was even worse than the first, when they set a franchise record with 61 losses...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 33,707 reads 108 comments

  22. Los Angeles Clippers Must Embrace Wild-Card Factor in NBA Playoffs

    The Los Angeles Clippers are an abnormally talented footnote. They have championship-level talent, leadership and coaching, all the while existing acres away from an actual title...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 6,585 reads 14 comments

  23. Lakers Under the Microscope as NBA Talks Off-Court Trust, On-Court Chemistry

    The most embarrassing season in Los Angeles Lakers history officially extended beyond the scope of their nightly on-court debauchery Wednesday night...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 30,463 reads 117 comments

  24. LA Lakers Rookie D'Angelo Russell Is Turning Heads While Finishing Strong

    Before he sprained his ankle in Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets , D'Angelo Russell's rookie season had finally hit the fast track...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 36,044 reads 26 comments

  25. Depleted Memphis Grizzlies Have Become NBA's Most Improbable Playoff Contender

    LOS ANGELES — At some point over these last few weeks, the Memphis Grizzlies officially waved goodbye to their delightfully rugged Grit n’ Grind era. Marc Gasol is 31 years old and broke his foot a week before the All-Star break...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 5,260 reads 11 comments