1. Just Showing Up Is Its Own Reward for Kobe Bryant in His Farewell Season

    NEW ORLEANS — The ill-fitting Boston affiliation notwithstanding, Kobe Bryant has always seen himself as something of a New England Patriot...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 days ago 87,760 reads 140 comments

  2. Andrew Wiggins Is the Headliner, but Karl-Anthony Towns Is T'wolves' True Star

    LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood stage provided an appropriate setting for perhaps Andrew Wiggins ' best dramatic performances on consecutive nights...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 days ago 84,519 reads 334 comments

  3. Off-Court Fight Keeps Clippers, NBA Wondering Who Blake Griffin Really Is

    LOS ANGELES — You know the two obvious victims. The dude who got punched and probably winds up losing his job, and the company embarrassed by the infighting and disconsolate over its rare championship window creeping closer to shut...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 11 days ago 279,440 reads 315 comments

  4. Warriors Show Spurs They Have a Lot of Work to Do to Regain NBA Crown

    No, this week's Golden State-San Antonio showdown wasn't on a mainstream TV network. Falling on a Monday, not a national NBA night for TNT or ESPN, neither network was able to add a matchup some had hyped as the best regular-season game ever ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 12 days ago 117,745 reads 447 comments

  5. Relationship with LeBron, Cavs' Players Doomed David Blatt, Opens Door for Lue

    I asked David Blatt early Monday evening in Cleveland in what specific ways he had gained a greater comfort level in coaching LeBron James . It was a softball question... if Blatt had indeed gained a greater comfort level...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 345,423 reads 349 comments

  6. Bulls Should Shut Out Doubt and Play to Win Now

    CHICAGO — Shortcuts and quick fixes are what we crave in this day and age. And these are not moderate, imperfect results we seek: Our championship-or-bust mentality is more pervasive than ever...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 17 days ago 51,992 reads 184 comments

  7. Humbled by the Warriors Yet Again, LeBron James on Verge of Becoming Irrelevant

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James is not a selfish guy. He's more than fine letting the limelight shine on his teammates. It's one of his greatest qualities...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 19 days ago 658,560 reads 804 comments

  8. Lost in Kobe's Shadow, Russell, Randle Offer Lakers Vision of Bright Future

    LOS ANGELES — Someday, someone might recall the visual of D'Angelo Russell, relaxing outside the team hotel during his first year, reclining on a bellman's luggage cart of all places...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 86,251 reads 366 comments

  9. Struggling Pelicans Need a Leader, and Anthony Davis Isn't Stepping Up

    LOS ANGELES — Much was given… "I think Anthony Davis will win the MVP next year. That's my early prediction. Anthony Davis will win the MVP...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 25 days ago 422,505 reads 325 comments

  10. Has the NBA's Growing Obsession with Rest Gone Too Far?

    LOS ANGELES — As threatening as the world around us has become, and as natural as it feels to assume protective Gregg Popovich is so smart, let's not lose sight of something fundamentally true...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 190,366 reads 389 comments

  11. Suns Have Only Themselves to Blame for the Inconsistent Mess They Have Become

    LOS ANGELES — An unwritten rule of the NBA is that the lead dog on the team gets to take as long as he needs to unwind after a road game. Rest those weary bones; linger with a stat sheet or a long shower in reviewing your accomplishments...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 56,509 reads 182 comments

  12. Kobe Bryant Has Become Kevin Durant's Spirit Animal

    LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant knows his Chicago Bulls - Oklahoma City Thunder game is the mere opening act before the NBA Finals rematch and Christmas showcase between LeBron ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 114,199 reads 145 comments

  13. At Odds with James Harden, Dwight Howard Again Must Prove Worth as Teammate

    LOS ANGELES — To see Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard yukking it up at Staples Center on Thursday night is to believe one of two hypotheses: NBA beefs are overblown...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 282,187 reads 260 comments

  14. Road Warriors: Behind the Scenes of Golden State's Trip into NBA History

    Bleacher Report joined the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors for their recently completed seven-city, 14-day road trip...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 112,741 reads 108 comments

  15. With Historic Start Over, Warriors Now Face Their Toughest Opponent—Themselves

    MILWAUKEE — The lesson from this first failure is the exact same as the 24 successes that came before it. The Golden State Warriors run this league. They are the best...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 129,777 reads 275 comments

  16. Paul George Finding Comfort in Uncomfortable Role with New-Look Pacers

    INDIANAPOLIS — Unfair as it might be just to assume, physical recovery should happen—from the ugly injuries, too...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 90,818 reads 179 comments

  17. Sixers' Dispiriting Rebuilding Effort a Plan the NBA Should Hope Never Succeeds

    Let's just imagine what would happen if by some dumb luck or alien invasion the Philadelphia 76ers actually succeed...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 127,687 reads 362 comments

  18. With Flair for the Dramatic, Kobe Spins Frustrating End into Emotional Final Act

    From time to time, fans of Kobe Bryant will tell me they are thankful that I was around to cover his career...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 137,487 reads 170 comments

  19. Warriors' Historic Start Shows It's Talent, Not Coaching, That Counts Most

    With all due respect to the formidable future Luke Walton has in his profession, this perfect Golden State Warriors start just goes to show how little coaching actually matters...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 90,396 reads 303 comments

  20. As Derrick Rose Struggles to Recapture Glory, Bulls Left with Identity Crisis

    OAKLAND, Calif. — There was a time the torque-testing cuts and explosive bursts that had marked the gallant guard play of Derrick Rose had freed him and his family from the menaces of Chicago's South Side...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 187,682 reads 242 comments

  21. Secret to Warriors' Success Is as Plain as the Name on Back of Curry's Jersey

    OAKLAND, Calif. — No, we don't give consistency the proper respect. The same stuff over and over is hard not to take for granted. That's why streaks are so useful. They turn humdrum consistency into something really cool...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 77,269 reads 329 comments

  22. With NBA Championship Swagger in Abundance, Warriors Can't Be Beat

    LOS ANGELES — Everyone remembers the footage of the championship trophy being passed around. The champagne showers and parade parties linger as matchless moments of celebratory release...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 133,839 reads 343 comments

  23. Kevin McHale's Imperfect Marriage with Rockets Reaches Its Logical Conclusion

    It was May 19. That was the last time it felt like Kevin McHale was on a real high as the Houston Rockets' coach...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 76,840 reads 266 comments

  24. Unfulfilled in Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge Finding Needs Met with Ego-Less Spurs

    PORTLAND — Inside the home Blazers' locker room, stylishly mounted in individually lettered silver blocks on the wall the players pass each day to get to work, is a definition...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 62,198 reads 106 comments

  25. Reality TV Shocker: Kardashians' Blueprint Helping James Harden Find His Rhythm

    LOS ANGELES — James Harden has fixed whatever ailed him. That's just what you do as one of the best players in basketball…and when you're simply more determined than even your fellow superstars...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 143,583 reads 166 comments