1. 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 7 months ago 46,452 reads 242 comments

  2. 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 7 months ago 20,837 reads 13 comments

  3. 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 7 months ago 83,792 reads 132 comments

  4. 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 7 months ago 44,212 reads 211 comments

  5. 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 8 months ago 28,513 reads 127 comments

  6. What's Really to Blame for the Los Angeles Lakers' Embarrassing Defense?

    LOS ANGELES — After a recent loss against the Denver Nuggets , in which innumerable defensive blunders led to a steady rush of baskets for the opposition—120 points ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 18,412 reads 69 comments

  7. Why the Los Angeles Lakers Need to Play Larry Nance Jr. Now

    LOS ANGELES — Four games into the most humbling start in their 68-year history as an NBA franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers are winless and scrambling for a life raft...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 8,408 reads 2 comments

  8. Why It's Way Too Early to Give Up on the Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — One week into the 2015-16 NBA season, no team is more desperate for a mulligan (or three) than the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 1,319 reads 3 comments

  9. In Wake of Flip Saunders' Death, Timberwolves Vow 'To Keep Going for Him'

    LOS ANGELES — On just his second night in Minneapolis, after the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Zach LaVine quickly realized how lucky he was to have Flip Saunders in his life...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 19,215 reads 35 comments

  10. Key to LA Lakers' Future Hinges on Jim Buss' Golden Boy, D'Angelo Russell

    LOS ANGELES — Earlier this month, in a wide-ranging interview with USA Today 's Sam Amick , Los Angeles Lakers part-owner Jim Buss spun the team's recent struggles with unmitigated positivity...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 50,532 reads 191 comments

  11. Diving into Julius Randle's Ongoing Evolution

    LOS ANGELES — Very little about Julius Randle corroborates the fact that he’s only 20 years old...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 42,871 reads 101 comments

  12. The Los Angeles Lakers Should Hang On to Metta World Peace

    LOS ANGELES — On Sep. 24, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Metta World Peace to a non-guaranteed contract...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 8 months ago 48,234 reads 75 comments

  13. DeMarre Carroll's Defensive Impact Will Be Felt First for the Toronto Raptors

    Almost solely based off his majestic individual run to the Eastern Conference Finals, DeMarre Carroll deserves every cent of the four-year, $60 million contract that the Toronto Raptors offered him the second free agency’s light turned green...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 11 months ago 10,321 reads 37 comments

  14. Why It's Too Early for Boston Celtics to Worry About James Young's NBA Future

    LAS VEGAS—This has not been an ideal summer for Boston Celtics guard James Young. He entered the offseason 20 pounds heavier than the day he was drafted. Stronger, faster, more focused and athletic...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 11 months ago 6,570 reads 2 comments

  15. David Lee's Game Will Be a Perfect Fit for the Rebuilding Boston Celtics

    On July 7, news broke that the Boston Celtics will send Gerald Wallace to the Golden State Warriors for David Lee ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 12 months ago 22,214 reads 51 comments

  16. Why Amir Johnson's New Contract with Boston Celtics Will Prove to Be a Steal

    The Boston Celtics entered the first day of free agency with a ton of money to either fill significant holes in their frontcourt or finally spear the white whale they’re rightfully fixated on (i...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 12 months ago 35,819 reads 74 comments

  17. How Greg Monroe Would Fit into the Boston Celtics' 2015 Free-Agency Plans

    Ten years ago, Greg Monroe would have been the belle of free-agency’s ball. A 6’11” big man who can score with his back to the basket and rebound? And he just ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 12 months ago 5,802 reads 6 comments

  18. Predicting How the Miami Heat's Biggest Offseason Decisions Will Shake out

    Damn near every team in the NBA experienced terrible health-related luck during the 2014-15 season, none less timely than Chris Bosh ’s season-ending blood clot that effectively ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 27,752 reads 83 comments

  19. What Golden State Warriors Need from Klay Thompson to Win 2015 NBA Finals

    Klay Thompson was the only Golden State Warriors starter who didn't score at least 10 points in Thursday night's Game 4 win. But as tends to happen on a team with so many weapons, his pedestrian box score wasn't a huge problem...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 20,803 reads 55 comments

  20. Bismack Biyombo Is the Most Underrated Free Agent for Celtics This Offseason

    The Boston Celtics are approaching their most intriguing offseason in years. No clear path presents itself, and questions abound regarding how aggressive they’ll be in trying to construct a winner...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 3,937 reads 4 comments

  21. Josh Smith Could Be NBA's Most Intriguing Free Agent During 2015 Offseason

    In some ways, Josh Smith was the secondary playmaker the Houston Rockets desperately needed on their run to the Western Conference Finals...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 10,503 reads 78 comments

  22. Harrison Barnes Playing His Way into Larger Role Than Warriors Can Offer

    If Harrison Barnes played for a bad team, he’d launch 15 shots a night and defend the opposing squad’s most lethal weapon...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 48,950 reads 132 comments

  23. Otto Porter's Breakout Changes the Washington Wizards' Future

    As recently as March, Otto Porter’s NBA future was a bleak combination of squinting-eyed optimism and depressing resignation...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 6,685 reads 17 comments

  24. Breaking Down How Kyle Korver Can Get Back on Track for the Atlanta Hawks

    Kyle Korver entered the playoffs coming off the best season of his 12-year career. He made his first All-Star team and spearheaded the Eastern Conference’s top seed with ...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 5,013 reads 25 comments

  25. Can Memphis Grizzlies Upset Golden State Warriors Without Mike Conley?

    It’s a harsh truth: No NBA team that isn ’t 100 percent healthy can defeat the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game series...

    Michael Pina Written by Michael Pina about 1 year ago 10,014 reads 24 comments