1. 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 8 months ago 38,878 reads 31 comments

  2. 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 8 months ago 8,372 reads 47 comments

  3. 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 8 months ago 35,186 reads 75 comments

  4. 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 8 months ago 240,368 reads 251 comments

  5. 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 8 months ago 234,660 reads 488 comments

  6. 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 8 months ago 33,727 reads 108 comments

  7. 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 8 months ago 6,590 reads 14 comments

  8. 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 8 months ago 30,481 reads 117 comments

  9. 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 9 months ago 36,075 reads 26 comments

  10. 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 9 months ago 5,289 reads 11 comments

  11. 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 9 months ago 15,063 reads 19 comments

  12. 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 9 months ago 11,230 reads 23 comments

  13. 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 9 months ago 26,187 reads 82 comments

  14. 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 9 months ago 88,057 reads 274 comments

  15. 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 9 months ago 67,537 reads 206 comments

  16. 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 10 months ago 394,267 reads 411 comments

  17. 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 10 months ago 46,300 reads 28 comments

  18. 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 10 months ago 56,593 reads 141 comments

  19. 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 10 months ago 26,814 reads 26 comments

  20. 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 10 months ago 137,988 reads 98 comments

  21. 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 10 months ago 54,256 reads 277 comments

  22. 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 10 months ago 28,938 reads 116 comments

  23. 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 10 months ago 36,941 reads 65 comments

  24. 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 11 months ago 67,051 reads 128 comments

  25. 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 11 months ago 46,031 reads 151 comments