1. 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 14 hours ago 71,590 reads 103 comments

  2. 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 15 days ago 69,354 reads 118 comments

  3. 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 16 days ago 65,068 reads 159 comments

  4. 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 26 days ago 32,312 reads 105 comments

  5. 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 27 days ago 70,879 reads 27 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 63,612 reads 158 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 4,752 reads 28 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 84,745 reads 152 comments

  9. 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 1 month ago 38,850 reads 31 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 8,301 reads 47 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 35,064 reads 79 comments

  12. 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 1 month ago 239,814 reads 251 comments

  13. 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 1 month ago 234,468 reads 488 comments

  14. 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 1 month ago 33,603 reads 108 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 6,571 reads 14 comments

  16. 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 2 months ago 30,436 reads 117 comments

  17. 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 2 months ago 35,960 reads 26 comments

  18. 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 2 months ago 5,229 reads 11 comments

  19. Julius Randle Is Starting to Look Like LA Lakers' Power Forward of the Future

    LOS ANGELES — Ninety minutes before the opening tip of a recent loss to the comically dysfunctional Sacramento Kings , a restless Julius Randle bounces around near the Staples Center baseline, flicking set shots toward the hoop...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 2 months ago 14,787 reads 19 comments

  20. What Will the Los Angeles Lakers Offense Look Like in the Post-Kobe Bryant Era?

    Of all the unbelievable stats to emerge since last month’s All-Star break (a 13-game span) , the Los Angeles Lakers ’ brief ownership of a top-10 offense has to be the most bizarre...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 11,202 reads 23 comments

  21. How Stephen Curry Is Inspiring Young Players All Across the NBA

    LOS ANGELES — The mere mention of Stephen Curry ’s unforgettable, earth-scorching prime-time performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27 draws a chuckle from Los Angeles Lakers rookie Anthony Brown ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 25,722 reads 82 comments

  22. D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson's Brilliance vs. Warriors Gives Lakers Hope

    LOS ANGELES — On what will undoubtedly be remembered as the strangest Sunday afternoon of the 2015-16 NBA season, the last-place Los Angeles Lakers upended the 55-win ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 87,947 reads 274 comments

  23. L.A. Lakers Have No Idea What D'Angelo Russell Can Become

    LOS ANGELES — Is Los Angeles Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell a “true” point guard? Will he spend the next 8-10 years of his career running high pick-and-rolls, ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 67,342 reads 206 comments

  24. Stephen Curry's Legend Continues to Grow at Unprecedented Pace

    With 10 minutes, 29 seconds left in the second quarter of Saturday night’s unforgettable epic showdown between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder , Stephen ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 394,061 reads 411 comments

  25. Why Los Angeles Lakers Should Put All Their Eggs in the DeMar DeRozan Basket

    Let’s start with some good news: The Los Angeles Lakers will enter this summer with roughly $67 million to spend before they hit the salary cap, which may stretch to $92 million...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 3 months ago 46,240 reads 28 comments