1. 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 3 months ago 53,531 reads 277 comments

  2. 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 3 months ago 28,622 reads 116 comments

  3. 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 3 months ago 36,854 reads 65 comments

  4. 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 3 months ago 66,997 reads 128 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 45,818 reads 151 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 37,985 reads 88 comments

  7. 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 4 months ago 39,757 reads 88 comments

  8. 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 4 months ago 30,958 reads 160 comments

  9. 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 4 months ago 31,747 reads 33 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 38,708 reads 40 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 44,177 reads 155 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 9,056 reads 72 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 44,893 reads 57 comments

  14. 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 5 months ago 25,730 reads 49 comments

  15. 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 5 months ago 27,087 reads 114 comments

  16. Enjoy Vintage Kobe Bryant While You Can

    LOS ANGELES — In the 24th game of his final season, a farewell tour to end all farewell tours, Kobe Bryant 's Los Angeles Lakers lost by 29 points to a vastly superior yet ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 38,019 reads 71 comments

  17. D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle Making Do in Byron Scott's 'Big Boys League'

    In their first 20 games this season, the Los Angeles Lakers had only three wins, and none of their five top five-man units had a positive net rating, per NBA.com ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 31,468 reads 127 comments

  18. Los Angeles Lakers Should Trade Nick Young, but Good Luck Finding a Partner

    Right now, Nick Young is an aging role player, and the Los Angeles Lakers are a very bad basketball team trending toward a total teardown ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 36,728 reads 106 comments

  19. Will Kobe Bryant's Exit Make LA Lakers a More Appealing Free-Agent Destination?

    Once upon a time, the Los Angeles Lakers were the most beloved destination for the shiniest NBA stars. Late owner Dr. Jerry Buss treated summers like a stress-free spa retreat, where weaknesses were replenished and muscles were flexed...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 50,730 reads 214 comments

  20. Los Angeles Lakers Hitting New Low in Kobe Bryant's Final Season

    For just one moment, forget about draft-pick stipulations and sentimental narratives: Tuesday night’s 103-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers was rock bottom for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 177,343 reads 351 comments

  21. It's Time for LA Lakers, Byron Scott to Play Kobe Bryant off the Bench

    LOS ANGELES — Overshadowing the sometimes stumbling, sometimes steady development of D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, and a defense that deserves no single-word explanation ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 46,431 reads 242 comments

  22. Have New NBA Trends Rendered LA Lakers Center Roy Hibbert Obsolete?

    LOS ANGELES— Roy Hibbert was on the bench when the final horn of his very first game with the Los Angeles Lakers blew...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 5 months ago 20,799 reads 13 comments

  23. Jordan Clarkson Has Officially Emerged as Los Angeles Lakers' Best Player

    LOS ANGELES — Thanks to his nifty bag of floaters, efficient mid-range game and out-of-the-blue three-point accuracy, Jordan Clarkson has quietly become the best player on the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 83,766 reads 132 comments

  24. Byron Scott's 'Man Up' Philosophy Is Not the Answer for Los Angeles Lakers

    If you buy what Byron Scott tried to sell after the now 2-9 Los Angeles Lakers were shredded by the Phoenix Suns on Monday night, then you believe effort, energy and toughness ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 44,154 reads 211 comments

  25. Don't Blame Byron Scott for D'Angelo Russell's 4th-Quarter Minutes

    With seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of a one-point game, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott subbed D’Angelo Russell in for Marcelo Huertas...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 6 months ago 28,494 reads 127 comments