1. NBA Pecking Order for 2015-16 Becoming Clear After Another Busy Offseason

    Expectations create the context. With that, we know whether to be elated, satisfied or ready-to-fire-the-coach angry at the end of the season...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 5 days ago 345,248 reads 1318 comments

  2. Jordan's Return, New Additions Create New Power Structure Clips Need for Title

    LOS ANGELES — It was DeAndre Day in L.A., right down to a big birthday bash Tuesday night. On a stage filled with newcomers, including Paul Pierce and Josh Smith , DeAndre ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 7 days ago 132,666 reads 453 comments

  3. Laker Kids Randle, Russell Pushing Too Hard in Eagerness to Be Great

    LAS VEGAS — If there was any doubt that Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell sensed the excitement over them from all around the Los Angeles Lakers and their fanbase, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 15 days ago 262,091 reads 508 comments

  4. Nobody's Perfect, but Jahlil Okafor Seems Pretty Close for the Needy Sixers

    LAS VEGAS — Now Jahlil Okafor is sitting out, too! In a world where pundits project the biggest busts as much as who'll become the best draft picks—and with a Philadelphia ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 121,884 reads 227 comments

  5. Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell Find Time Stops for No One in NBA Debuts

    LAS VEGAS — Karl-Anthony Towns stood even taller with a hat backward on his head. The cap had the words printed proudly in capital letters: "MINNESOTA WOLVES...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 18 days ago 114,879 reads 151 comments

  6. DeAndre Jordan's Playful Side as Vital to Clippers as It Was Infuriating to Mavs

    LOS ANGELES — Now that the wild DeAndre Jordan recommitment ceremony is over—Mark Cuban not having the expected epilogue to his How to Win at the Sport of ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 20 days ago 128,466 reads 463 comments

  7. Splashy Offseason Will Test Spurs' Ability to Do What They Do Best...Win Quietly

    Making splashy front-page headlines is not the way of the ninja. So after all the under-the-radar work and one-step-ahead fighting stratagems successfully implemented by the San ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 22 days ago 130,230 reads 295 comments

  8. DeAndre Jordan's Departure Shows Clips Still Chris Paul's Team, for Good and Bad

    LOS ANGELES — For his entire NBA career, Blake Griffin has been tighter than tight with DeAndre Jordan, the two at times commiserating over how much Los Angeles Clippers business in the past and future revolves around Chris Paul ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 23 days ago 395,830 reads 629 comments

  9. Kobe's Pitch to LaMarcus Aldridge Reveals Why Free Agents Are Rebuffing Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant could only say what he knew. He had lost faith in the Los Angeles Lakers , Bryant told LaMarcus Aldridge . Bryant did not believe the franchise could help him win again...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 27 days ago 949,830 reads 728 comments

  10. Lakers' Next Step in Rebuild May Be Leading Them on Path to LaMarcus Aldridge

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — You lower your standards in so many ways when things get rough. You don't even realize the slippage most of the time...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 143,759 reads 372 comments

  11. In D'Angelo Russell, Lakers See Superstar Quality That Has Defined the Franchise

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers ' pick of D'Angelo Russell over Jahlil Okafor is being framed as a referendum on guards mattering more than centers in today's perimeter-partisan NBA ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 202,775 reads 355 comments

  12. Lakers Drawing Closer to Drafting D'Angelo Russell to Lead Team into Next Era

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — If the Los Angeles Lakers draft Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell on Thursday night, as is the increasing likelihood, it will be for one simple reason...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 281,029 reads 495 comments

  13. Despite Talent, DeMarcus Cousins' Volatility Makes for a Risky Building Block

    With news reports swirling that the Sacramento Kings are looking into trading DeMarcus Cousins , the key question goes beyond how much the team might demand in exchange for him. The critical issue is personal...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 39,216 reads 176 comments

  14. Mystery Man Kristaps Porzingis Tempts Many in NBA Draft, but Will Any Team Bite?

    LOS ANGELES — As much mystery as there is surrounding Latvian basketball prospect Kristaps Porzingis, the unknown part isn't really tied to an uncommon name or the distant geography...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 121,014 reads 189 comments

  15. After Failing in Charlotte, Lance Stephenson Is Just What the Clippers Need

    LOS ANGELES — The only right time to bring a knucklehead onto your team is when the knucklehead actually wants to make things right...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 82,457 reads 199 comments

  16. Lakers May Not Say It, but Desire to Go Big in NBA Draft Impossible to Hide

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Mitch Kupchak is skilled at using words without saying anything. When the Los Angeles Lakers general manager wants to stick to his conservative ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 100,942 reads 209 comments

  17. As Draft Draws Near, Lakers Appear Destined to Find Jahlil Okafor an Ideal Pick

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — As the Los Angeles Lakers contemplate whom to select with their prized No. 2 overall draft pick, meeting top prospects for get-to-know-you dinners before ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 82,475 reads 296 comments

  18. NBA Finals Run Latest Step in Warriors' Evolution from Afterthought to Flagship

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Sometimes, it doesn't matter if your market size is mini-mart or urban agglomeration. And sometimes it does. After the Los Angeles Clippers took sure-thing Blake Griffin with the No...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 101,536 reads 288 comments

  19. Howard's Failure to Grow Puts Rockets' Future in James Harden's Hands Yet Again

    OAKLAND, Calif. — On his way out of the Houston Rockets locker room following Game 5's 104-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors , James Harden walked with a hardback book ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 156,906 reads 475 comments

  20. Stephen Curry Reveals Warrior's Heart in Quick Return After Breathtaking Fall

    HOUSTON — The easy stories to write are when the ends justify the means. Stephen Curry did not lead an inspiring Golden State Warriors comeback Monday night...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 40,236 reads 164 comments

  21. Warriors' Deep Reserve of Veterans Setting Stage for Stephen Curry's Heroics

    It wound up feeling like Stephen Curry had done it again, pounding people into submission the way only he can, with his feathers and cotton balls...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 81,328 reads 343 comments

  22. To Edge Rockets, Curry and Warriors Needed Every Sort of Home-Court Advantage

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Sometimes, home-court advantage detonates in a buzzer-beating moment of exultation...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 37,286 reads 133 comments

  23. Daughter's Sudden Fame Latest Distraction to Challenge Steph Curry's Focus

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is now the MVP, and considerable clout comes with those three capital letters. Everything Curry does and everything that is done to him shall be amplified...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 106,921 reads 185 comments

  24. Missing in Many Ways, Dwight Howard's Absence Becoming Old News for Rockets

    OAKLAND, Calif. — One after another, his teammates approached Dwight Howard at various points in the game, especially in the late going as he just sat there in sadness...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 57,003 reads 310 comments

  25. Who Can You Trust? James Harden, Rockets to Find out in West Finals vs. Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Many others have been here before him. Even better scorers. Guys heralded as true leaders. Accomplished champions...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 40,012 reads 457 comments