1. Team USA Offering Window into the Psyches of NBA's Next-Gen Leaders

    LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant sat at dinner Sunday. It was the eve of Olympic training, and most of the USA Basketball team had gotten together at Anthony's behest...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 days ago 66,554 reads 140 comments

  2. In Keeping World at a Distance, Duncan Was One of NBA's Most Effective Leaders

    He grew up a swimmer, so it's easy to imagine young Tim Duncan ripping off lap after lap in some sort of freestyle solitary confinement...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 11 days ago 54,798 reads 122 comments

  3. Early-Summer Returns Show Lakers That Post-Kobe Era Could Be a Lot of Fun

    LAS VEGAS — This is the land of the mirage. And while the pretty people partying endlessly are the promotional draw, Las Vegas is a place where the aging and over-the-hill try to turn back the clock...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 12 days ago 103,590 reads 278 comments

  4. Wade-Riley Divorce Shows Loyalty Isn't Easy to Define in the NBA

    It was Christmas 2006 in what Dwyane Wade would increasingly often refer to as "my house," AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 93,100 reads 237 comments

  5. Durant Departure Will Test Westbrook, and OKC's Belief in His Leadership

    Cocky. Jerk. Hothead. If we could just boil down the guy left behind, Russell Westbrook , to a one-dimensional character, it'd be a lot easier to finish this story about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 17 days ago 66,243 reads 245 comments

  6. Kevin Durant's Decision All About How He Views Himself: As a Winner

    There’s a powerful exercise we can all do when deciding whether it is worth it to make a major change in our lives. Close your eyes and visualize what your future self will be like with the change...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 19 days ago 207,880 reads 631 comments

  7. A Family Divided: Unrest Growing in Buss Family as Lakers Struggle to Rebuild

    LOS ANGELES — It was Jerry Buss' wish. Call it a dying wish if you want, because he made it to his second son in his final days from a hospital bed...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 25 days ago 168,175 reads 204 comments

  8. Brandon Ingram Holds Lakers' Spotlight, but D'Angelo Russell Holds the Future

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — This moment belongs to Brandon Ingram. Eventually, the moment will again belong to the guy who was the Los Angeles Lakers ' No. 2 overall pick only a year ago...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 278,887 reads 455 comments

  9. Derrick Rose Well-Suited to Phil Jackson's Plan That Progress Is Its Own Reward

    Derrick Rose and Phil Jackson have something in common beyond being able to call the Chicago Bulls their former employer. As major as their respective past successes have been, they've been humbled in recent years...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 133,752 reads 258 comments

  10. In Lifting Cavs to Title, LeBron James Takes Place Among NBA's Ultimate Winners

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Standing there next to Bill Russell, the flecks of gray in LeBron James ' beard matching the full gray in Russell's, James was as Russell will forever be...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 453,405 reads 562 comments

  11. History Awaits LeBron James If He Can Keep His Cavaliers Focused in Game 7

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James can shut up every person who ever doubted him with one more win. Of course, it wouldn't just be any victory...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 170,922 reads 476 comments

  12. After Sting of Suspension, Draymond Green Has Something to Prove in Game 6

    CLEVELAND — Of course, Draymond Green believes, truly believes, that his team would've won Game 5 and the NBA championship if he'd been there. Green is an overachiever as a result of his utter certainty that he matters...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 45,384 reads 223 comments

  13. As Curry Fails Leadership Test, Warriors Left Looking for Their Title Resolve

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Blame Draymond Green for letting the team down if you want. But among the folks actually available on Monday night to help the Golden State Warriors polish ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 310,018 reads 530 comments

  14. In Mastering the Use of Force, Stephen Curry Bests LeBron James at His Own Game

    CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry had won the NBA MVP before. What he won for the first time this season was the Magic Johnson Award, which honors "the player who best combines ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 220,296 reads 446 comments

  15. Warriors Reminded in Game 3 There Are No Shortcuts in Maintaining Finals Focus

    CLEVELAND — It's not a journey for just one guy, even if he is the first unanimous NBA MVP. They do this together. They read opposing defenses together. They make glorious history together...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 52,929 reads 246 comments

  16. Brash Almost to a Fault, Draymond Green Providing Edge Cavs Just Don't Have

    OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James made a point before the NBA Finals of explaining what an underdog in life he was "growing up in the inner city, having a single-parent household...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 128,367 reads 288 comments

  17. LeBron, Cavs Facing Another Finals Loss Unless Irving and Love Decide to Grow Up

    OAKLAND, Calif. — If you want to make this series a broader referendum on LeBron James because he'll drop to 2-5 in NBA Finals if he loses, let's shift the blame game somewhere more legitimate...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 118,523 reads 538 comments

  18. Frustrating End Spoils Season That Saw Thunder Embrace Kevin Durant's Positivity

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Back when the Oklahoma City Thunder were slaying the first giant in their path, upon winning Game 5 in San Antonio earlier this month, Kevin Durant and ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 93,658 reads 236 comments

  19. In Getting Warriors to Game 7, Curry Again Shows He's One of NBA's Tough Guys

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It's not exactly a complex, but there is a chip on Stephen Curry 's shoulder regarding a certain topic. Physical strength. For his entire life, he's heard he's too small or skinny...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 127,047 reads 317 comments

  20. Upset in Sight, OKC Must Overcome Warriors Team Embracing Underdog Role

    OKLAHOMA CITY — We almost always know which team is going to win a playoff series. Regular-season performance, home-court advantage, injured players, number of star players…it is a performance-driven but evidence-based process...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 76,653 reads 262 comments

  21. Thunder Have Found a New Gear in West Finals That Warriors Have Yet to Show

    OKLAHOMA CITY — After a pair of losses placed the Golden State Warriors' special 73-win season at death's door, Draymond Green was left searching for broader, deeper whys and hows following Tuesday's 118-94 Game 4 blowout...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 80,603 reads 343 comments

  22. Golden State Warriors Walking Fine Line Between Confidence and Hubris

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Before they became aware of the full scope of the uproar over the kick that felled Steven Adams, while they were merely digesting how an impending blowout loss ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 77,566 reads 269 comments

  23. OKC Needs Durant to Be Better Than He's Ever Been If Warriors Are to Be Derailed

    Three days to rest. Three days to master the triple-team defenses being thrown at him. Three days to alter his legacy...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 70,209 reads 139 comments

  24. Russell Westbrook's Belief in Himself Puts Thunder in Control of West Finals

    OAKLAND, Calif. — We are witnessing the Will of Westbrook. It has now won once against the Golden State Warriors...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 29,812 reads 279 comments

  25. NBA Draft to See Simmons Go to Sixers, Say Sources, Leaving Ingram to Lakers

    The coast-to-coast debate over the merits of Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram expected to take place over the next five weeks might be a moot point...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 175,730 reads 367 comments