NBA senior writer Kevin Ding (@KevinDing) covers the Los Angeles Lakers and the league at large for Bleacher Report. He started out driven to fill up every page in the daily journal his mom gave him one childhood Christmas and wound up at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, The Miami Herald and the Orange County Register before B/R. He has been a sportswriter covering the Lakers and the NBA since 1999. His column on Kobe Bryant and LeBron James was judged the No. 1 column of 2011 by the Pro Basketball Writers Association; his column on Jeremy Lin won second place in 2012.
so in your world, who's waking up to the harsher reality: the lakers or kawhi leonard?
I know that Coach K turned the Lakers down before (reportedly 5 year $40M), but why not offer $15M or more per year (an offer he can't refuse). Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe Phil Jackson made $12M his final season with the Lakers. Could you imagine the impact on free-agents (FAs) and potential FAs (Lebron James) if Coach K became the Lakers Coach? Is it unreasonable to think that the Lakers would make up some of the premium paid for Coach K with quality FA's taking discounts to play for him? The Lakers were always willing to go over the salary cap before it became so punitive under the new agreement, but overpaying for a coach that would have intangible benefits seems reasonable. Just curious to know your thoughts.
Hello Mr. Ding,
I was actually referred to you by a reporter at the OC Register, Theresa Walker. I actually follow you on Twitter as well and I am a fan of your work. I am currently an intern at Our Weekly News in Los Angeles and I am looking to further my writing career with my first actual staff writing job. Ms. Walker said you might be able to provide me with some guidance and/or information about how to progress from here. I have actively been searching for writing jobs with the Register but they do not appear to have any at the moment. Any help you can offer would be great. I can provide writing samples and a resume upon request. Thank you in advance for your time.
I'm curious as to when you are going to write an article on Chris Paul and Doc Rivers(probably some other Clippers players as well-most notably JJ Redick and his brother) knowing about Donald Sterling already? Or does that not fit into this fairy-tale that the Clippers are overcoming some great adversity that you and the rest of the media are trying to shove down the public's throat?
I'm glad you got away from that paywall, Kevin. One of the best in the business. I've enjoyed your Lakers coverage for years. Look forward to your continued coverage with B/R!
I meant George/Kobe. Sorry
For my taste, I thought your article on Jackson/Kobe was kind of wordy, and needed a diet to trim away so much repetition. Still, you're way above the mean.
so now you finally have a tiny shred of respect for duncan? shocker!
i was playing 2k today and i saw ur name on my mycareer. didnt noe u were in the game congrats!