1. 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 over 1 year ago 235,033 reads 488 comments

  2. 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 over 1 year ago 33,745 reads 108 comments

  3. 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 over 1 year ago 6,606 reads 14 comments

  4. 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 over 1 year ago 30,497 reads 117 comments

  5. 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 over 1 year ago 36,121 reads 26 comments

  6. 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 over 1 year ago 5,347 reads 11 comments

  7. 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 almost 2 years ago 15,281 reads 19 comments

  8. 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 almost 2 years ago 11,256 reads 23 comments

  9. 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 almost 2 years ago 27,321 reads 82 comments

  10. 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 almost 2 years ago 88,150 reads 274 comments

  11. 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 almost 2 years ago 67,580 reads 206 comments

  12. 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 almost 2 years ago 394,454 reads 410 comments

  13. 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 almost 2 years ago 46,336 reads 28 comments

  14. 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 almost 2 years ago 56,612 reads 141 comments

  15. 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 almost 2 years ago 26,826 reads 26 comments

  16. 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 almost 2 years ago 140,326 reads 98 comments

  17. 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 almost 2 years ago 54,325 reads 277 comments

  18. 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 almost 2 years ago 29,009 reads 116 comments

  19. 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 almost 2 years ago 36,971 reads 65 comments

  20. 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 almost 2 years ago 67,102 reads 128 comments

  21. 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 almost 2 years ago 46,219 reads 151 comments

  22. 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 almost 2 years ago 38,267 reads 88 comments

  23. 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 almost 2 years ago 40,085 reads 88 comments

  24. 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 almost 2 years ago 31,055 reads 160 comments

  25. 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 almost 2 years ago 32,144 reads 33 comments