1. A Season Lost, Julius Randle Readies His Mind and Body to Lead Lakers from Abyss

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The body failed him in dramatic fashion for all the world to see. It has led to the mind, under no spotlight and with no celebrity, becoming stronger...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 hours ago 5,492 reads 25 comments

  2. Kobe Bryant Reveals Rarely Seen Sense of Vulnerability in New Documentary

    LOS ANGELES — For someone who loves movies as much as he does, and considering he wraps up his new Showtime documentary with the words that feeling like a failure is to him ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 day ago 71,549 reads 72 comments

  3. Marriage of George Karl, Kings a Union of Necessity, Even If Rocky Times Await

    LOS ANGELES — Once viewed as a conquering hero, the macho man is now a caricature. Hunting and gathering is only for simpletons...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 days ago 41,874 reads 56 comments

  4. LeBron's Quest, Playoff Duels to Make NBA's Stretch Run Most Thrilling in Years

    The All-Star Game is past. The trade deadline is over. And the unofficial second half of the season is underway...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 7 days ago 55,364 reads 124 comments

  5. Lakers' Need to Prepare for Future Robs Them of Chance to Gain Big Piece of It

    LOS ANGELES — Any Lakers fan who wanted the club to acquire Goran Dragic at Thursday's NBA trade deadline doesn't get it...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 63,919 reads 174 comments

  6. Could the End Be Near for Kobe Bryant? Revealing TV Interview Makes It Seem so

    LOS ANGELES — The days of complaining about Kobe are over. Ball hog. Taking an All-Star spot away from someone more deserving. Shoots too much. Shaq. Dwight...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 11 days ago 148,116 reads 174 comments

  7. Kobe Bryant Won't Make Appearance in New York During NBA All-Star Weekend

    Kobe Bryant remains someone both fans and reporters want to see and hear from more than almost anyone in the NBA , but Bryant will not be attending the upcoming All-Star Weekend in New York , according to league sources...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 15 days ago 28,304 reads 58 comments

  8. LeBron's Waffling on Kevin Love Tweet Shows That He's a Leader Still in Training

    CLEVELAND — Whether newscasters or athletes, those in the public eye in this age of social media have their words and movements tracked more than ever before...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 38,838 reads 134 comments

  9. Tired of Waiting, LeBron Decides It's Time to Publicly Challenge Kevin Love

    CLEVELAND — For everything that didn't happen for Kevin Love in Minnesota, starting and ending with the lack of winning, most people remained believers...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 18 days ago 292,533 reads 310 comments

  10. Atlanta Hawks Flex Bench Muscle in Statement Win over Golden State Warriors

    ATLANTA — When NBA general managers sit around thinking of pie-in-the-sky stars they want the most, none of the Atlanta Hawks will come to mind...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 20 days ago 74,992 reads 312 comments

  11. Chris Paul's Beef with New Referee a Symptom of Larger Problem for Clippers

    CLEVELAND — Chris Paul was focused on what he viewed as injustice against him — and let go some words that others might view as unfair toward the NBA ’s third-ever female referee...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 21 days ago 50,476 reads 128 comments

  12. In Wake of Lost Stars, Lakers Stuck with Roster Full of Unrealized Potential

    MILWAUKEE — This is the Wesley Johnson era. Whether it's Mike D'Antoni or Byron Scott coaching, whichever part of Kobe Bryant 's body isn't working right, the past two ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 22 days ago 80,561 reads 140 comments

  13. With His Time in the NBA Dwindling, Kobe Bryant Has Finally Decided to Share

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant is wiser from rushed missteps, mellowed by age and suddenly breakable amid all these major injuries. All that is part of it, but not most of it...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 79,485 reads 118 comments

  14. His Body in Need of Repair Again, Kobe Bryant's Mind Will Determine NBA Future

    LOS ANGELES — On a day for everyone to dissect the latest breakdown of Kobe Bryant 's body, it's actually far more relevant to analyze his mind. A strong mind is his only chance for this to end well...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 13,841 reads 82 comments

  15. Freed from Lakers Uncertainty, Pau Gasol Rediscovering All-Star Form, Attitude

    OAKLAND, Calif. — After all the days, months and years of trying to block out what hurt his heart, Pau Gasol was the one bringing up all of the trade rumors now. "I'm re-energized...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 30 days ago 43,004 reads 75 comments

  16. With Kobe Bryant Era Ending, Steps for Lakers' Return to Prominence Are Clear

    LOS ANGELES — The Laker way, as fully endorsed by Kobe Bryant , has been to swing for the fences...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 137,080 reads 231 comments

  17. With Vengeance Theirs, Spurs Finding Motivation, Not Age, Their Greatest Foe

    SAN ANTONIO — As the excellence of the New England Patriots endures into yet another Super Bowl in yet another year, it's easy to fall into the trap of assuming the people who know how to win will just keep winning and winning...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 115,665 reads 289 comments

  18. Evaluating Kobe Bryant's Options in Wake of Latest Devastating Injury

    SAN ANTONIO — When Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon, he memorably went in for surgery the very next day...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 35,732 reads 95 comments

  19. Pau Gasol Praises World-Class Toughness of Injured Kobe Bryant

    CHICAGO — On perhaps the best day of Pau Gasol ’s new life away from the Los Angeles Lakers , and there have been many happy days, one piece of bad news did not go overlooked...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 17,669 reads 47 comments

  20. Kobe's Latest Setback Offers Lakers Chance to Finally Move Out of His Shadow

    It is not the east, and Kobe is not the sun. As glorious as it was for the Los Angeles Lakers , the era is over. And it's now clear how much the franchise has to cease revolving around Kobe Bryant ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 115,987 reads 179 comments

  21. Kobe Bryant Finding That Indomitable Will Is No Match for Harsh Reality of Aging

    NEW ORLEANS — Like most nights in this 19th season of Kobe Bryant basketball, it was better before...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 20,017 reads 92 comments

  22. Cavs Will Go Only as Far This Season as LeBron James Is Willing to Take Them

    LOS ANGELES — It was a stock question about becoming the youngest player ever to reach 24,000 points, so LeBron James was working on a stock answer about staying healthy and thanking his past teammates...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 60,818 reads 250 comments

  23. After Long Cold War, LeBron James Has Won Respect of More Mellow Kobe Bryant

    LOS ANGELES — The little brother is always elated when the big brother wants to play with him. Especially when, as former Lakers and Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has said, the big brother is the serious one and the little brother is the fun one...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 161,790 reads 390 comments

  24. Kobe's NBA Twilight Offers Road Map, Potential Detours Facing an Aging LeBron

    LOS ANGELES — LeBron James at 30 has been all about how difficult it is to keep the machine running. When Kobe Bryant was 30, he was openly talking about—and planning—how long he would still keep ticking...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 145,920 reads 308 comments

  25. Kobe Bryant, Lakers Walking Fine Line to Balance Old Skills with New Reality

    LOS ANGELES — There's a new sweet spot out there somewhere, even if it's only coming together for now in a 36-year-old dreamer's imagination and not on the court. It's a little John Stockton passing, a little Michael Jordan in the post...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 46,721 reads 78 comments