1. 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 over 1 year ago 38,791 reads 40 comments

  2. 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 over 1 year ago 44,547 reads 155 comments

  3. 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 over 1 year ago 9,084 reads 72 comments

  4. 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 over 1 year ago 44,973 reads 57 comments

  5. 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 over 1 year ago 25,789 reads 49 comments

  6. 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 over 1 year ago 27,152 reads 114 comments

  7. 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 over 1 year ago 38,115 reads 71 comments

  8. 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 over 1 year ago 31,506 reads 127 comments

  9. 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 over 1 year ago 36,936 reads 106 comments

  10. 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 over 1 year ago 50,760 reads 214 comments

  11. 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 over 1 year ago 177,422 reads 351 comments

  12. 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 over 1 year ago 46,485 reads 242 comments

  13. 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 over 1 year ago 20,882 reads 13 comments

  14. 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 over 1 year ago 83,852 reads 132 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 44,510 reads 211 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 28,540 reads 127 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 18,466 reads 69 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 8,526 reads 2 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 1,325 reads 3 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 19,246 reads 35 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 50,684 reads 191 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 44,149 reads 101 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 48,266 reads 75 comments

  24. 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 almost 2 years ago 10,417 reads 37 comments

  25. 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 almost 2 years ago 6,611 reads 2 comments