1. 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 4 months ago 14,893 reads 19 comments

  2. 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 5 months ago 11,220 reads 23 comments

  3. 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 5 months ago 25,879 reads 82 comments

  4. 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 5 months ago 87,999 reads 274 comments

  5. 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 5 months ago 67,452 reads 206 comments

  6. 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 5 months ago 394,156 reads 411 comments

  7. 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 5 months ago 46,257 reads 28 comments

  8. Will LA Lakers Drag out Depressing Kobe Bryant Retirement Tour to Bitter End?

    This has hardly resembled a basketball season for the Los Angeles Lakers ; rather the year has more closely resembled a sentimental, nightmarish tribute to Kobe Bryant ’s 20th and final campaign with the organization...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 56,571 reads 141 comments

  9. Los Angeles Lakers Must Aggressively Think Big Picture at NBA Trade Deadline

    When you’re as awful as the Los Angeles Lakers , blindly stomping through transitory desolation, great expectations do not likely exist at the NBA trade deadline...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 26,805 reads 26 comments

  10. To Understand the End of Kobe Bryant, You Must Understand Where It Began

    Kobe Bryant was 18 years old when he formally introduced himself as a budding star to a national audience...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 135,566 reads 98 comments

  11. LA Lakers Have Somehow Surpassed Philadelphia 76ers as NBA's Worst

    LOS ANGELES — On the shoulders of what might be the last awe-inspiring performance of Kobe Bryant ’s legendary career, the Los Angeles Lakers avoided losing a franchise-record 11th straight game on Tuesday night...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 53,736 reads 277 comments

  12. Lakers' Julius Randle Has Long Way to Go to Reach Potential

    Through the first 50 games of his NBA career, Los Angeles Lakers power forward Julius Randle has established himself as one of the league's most enigmatic prospects...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 28,825 reads 116 comments

  13. Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson Backcourt Showing Promising Future

    LOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell might be the two most important players on the Los Angeles Lakers . Both are young and talented and possess several characteristics that are necessary for success in the modern game...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 36,910 reads 65 comments

  14. Like David Blatt, Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott Was Doomed from the Start

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have the second-worst record in the league, own the NBA ’s worst defense since Dec...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 67,030 reads 128 comments

  15. NBA Players, Coaches Still in Awe of Kobe Bryant's 81-Point Game 10 Years Later

    LOS ANGELES — Every season, one roster is awarded the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Each year there’s an MVP and a scoring champion. But Kobe Bryant 's 81 points on Jan...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 45,915 reads 151 comments

  16. It's Time for Los Angeles Lakers to Give Tarik Black a Shot at Center

    LOS ANGELES — Second-year center Tarik Black is not the L.A. Lakers' most notable player, but nobody on the team is in a more confusing situation...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 38,152 reads 88 comments

  17. Does Kobe Bryant Backup Anthony Brown Have a Future with the Los Angeles Lakers?

    LOS ANGELES — Anthony Brown’s first NBA start was a 40-point drubbing against the Oklahoma City Thunder ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 39,983 reads 88 comments

  18. NBA Stars, Teammates Agree: Kobe Bryant Deserves All-Star Bid in Farewell Season

    LOS ANGELES — Strike up a conversation about Kobe Bryant 's obscene number of All-Star fan votes with just about any player or coach around the NBA , and you’ll inevitably hear the same thing over and over again...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 30,972 reads 160 comments

  19. Jordan Clarkson Has Proved His Talent, but Not His Free-Agency Price Tag

    LOS ANGELES — The best player on the Los Angeles Lakers is Jordan Clarkson, a slithery 6’3” combo guard who’s as unpredictable as he is talented. But leading an 8-29 team (as of Jan...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 32,004 reads 33 comments

  20. Metta World Peace Playing Unlikely Wingman Role for Kobe Bryant Yet Again

    LOS ANGELES — Metta World Peace was 14 years old the first time he stepped on a basketball court with Kobe Bryant . It was in Providence, Rhode Island, a high school game featuring a pair of transcendent prodigies...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 38,740 reads 40 comments

  21. The Time Has Come for Lakers to Move D'Angelo Russell Back to Starting Lineup

    The Los Angeles Lakers won their sixth game of the season Wednesday night, walloping the Boston Celtics with a 112-point uppercut...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 44,482 reads 155 comments

  22. L.A. Lakers Need Slumping Lou Williams to Be Their Go-to Scorer

    Along with the rest of his teammates, Lou Williams’ first season with the Los Angeles Lakers has been a demoralizing spectacle. The team is 5-27 — worst in the Western Conference and second-worst in the NBA ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 9,069 reads 72 comments

  23. LA Lakers Are (Finally) Fixing Their Offense with This 1 Simple Trick

    LOS ANGELES — There are many reasons why the Los Angeles Lakers own arguably the worst offense in the NBA ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 44,932 reads 57 comments

  24. Julius Randle's Struggle off the Bench Is Troublesome for Los Angeles Lakers

    Ever since December 7, when Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott removed Julius Randle from the team’s starting lineup, L.A. has played much better with its second-year lottery pick off the court...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 7 months ago 25,761 reads 49 comments

  25. Can D'Angelo Russell Flourish Behind the Arc for Los Angeles Lakers?

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers had several sensible reasons to select D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick in last June’s draft...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 27,119 reads 114 comments