1. 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 1 year ago 50,750 reads 214 comments

  2. 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 1 year ago 177,408 reads 351 comments

  3. 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 46,475 reads 242 comments

  4. 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 20,865 reads 13 comments

  5. 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 83,837 reads 132 comments

  6. 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 44,491 reads 211 comments

  7. 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 28,531 reads 127 comments

  8. 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 18,447 reads 69 comments

  9. 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 8,516 reads 2 comments

  10. 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 1,322 reads 3 comments

  11. 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 19,231 reads 35 comments

  12. 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 50,662 reads 191 comments

  13. 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 43,929 reads 101 comments

  14. 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 48,245 reads 75 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 10,389 reads 37 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 6,596 reads 2 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 22,227 reads 51 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 35,983 reads 74 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 5,829 reads 6 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 27,756 reads 83 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 20,869 reads 55 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 3,981 reads 4 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 10,509 reads 78 comments

  24. 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 almost 2 years ago 48,974 reads 132 comments

  25. 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 almost 2 years ago 6,699 reads 17 comments