1. Warriors' Ability to Toy with the League Changing Nature of How Game Is Played

    LOS ANGELES — The Golden State Warriors have changed the way the game is played. Now they have the power to change even more—including the baseline for integrity ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 12 hours ago 74,963 reads 153 comments

  2. Clips Have Good Reason to Think They Can Beat Warriors, but Do They Believe It?

    LOS ANGELES — Before the Los Angeles Clippers try to depart from recent history and show they can actually beat the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night , let's rewind about two-and-a-half years...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 day ago 37,530 reads 103 comments

  3. For 10 NBA Superstars, 10 Season-Defining Narratives Taking Shape

    Guys such as Wilson Chandler, Tim Frazier, George Hill, Otto Porter and Julius Randle have made far bigger impressions on their teams than most people expected. Kudos to them...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 28,439 reads 33 comments

  4. Lakers Offering More Than Words in Effort to Heal Los Angeles' Racial Divide

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The cops, with their natty reversible "LAPD" jerseys worn with the white on the outside, started warming up at the east basket...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 9 days ago 35,642 reads 4 comments

  5. Baby Lakers Showing the Franchise There's More Than 1 Way to Build a Team

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers ' recipe for rebuilding was never supposed to include lemons...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 17 days ago 83,032 reads 104 comments

  6. Old Man, Still Amazing: A Changed Vince Carter Still Making Big Plays in Memphis

    LOS ANGELES — Watch someone long enough, as Vince Carter is allowing us to watch him, and you see the same stuff, except from new perspectives...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 21 days ago 55,663 reads 34 comments

  7. Anthony Davis May Be Back on Track, but Pelicans Are Derailing His Future

    Anthony Davis went into this season determined to " get out of my comfort zone." To some extent, he has. More vocal leadership. More tenacity in playing with pain. And still, that growth has hardly mattered...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 22,967 reads 99 comments

  8. Not Easy for NBA Players to Focus on the Game in Wake of Stunning Election

    LOS ANGELES — Every Portland Trail Blazers player linked his arms with another as they stood together...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 31,995 reads 2 comments

  9. Still Stung by Finals Loss, Warriors Driven by Redemption Kevin Durant Offers

    OAKLAND, Calif. — We hate losing more than twice as much as we enjoy winning. That's the harsh reality according to psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who has extensively studied a concept called loss aversion...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 27,205 reads 67 comments

  10. Warriors Romp over OKC Drives Wedge Between Durant, Westbrook Even Deeper

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Of all the possible outcomes to emerge from the first reunion of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on a basketball court, this was the worst result. Even if it was the most likely...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 133,523 reads 188 comments

  11. LeBron, Cavs May Be Overshadowed by the Warriors but Need Them to Fuel Repeat

    Believe it or not, the best thing for the Cleveland Cavaliers would be for the Golden State Warriors, as soon as possible, to live up to all their glorious preseason acclaim...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 59,730 reads 164 comments

  12. Walton Begins Lakers Tenure Doing What He Does Best: Bringing People Together

    LOS ANGELES — Luke Walton gave them the twinkle fingers as his wave, in addition to his usual endearing grin. The two women closest to his heart swooned...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 44,234 reads 66 comments

  13. Think You Know James Harden? He and the Rockets Are About to Change Your Mind

    Sometimes we pull back a little from the world. It's not so much closing ourselves off as it is turning away from eye contact and leaning out of conversation, ignoring that thoughtful ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 72,614 reads 70 comments

  14. With Tim Duncan Gone, Spurs Trying to Move Ahead Without Looking Back

    SAN ANTONIO — The car customization and performance shop Tim Duncan owns and operates stands a mere half-mile from the San Antonio Spurs ' practice facility...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 22,767 reads 50 comments

  15. Mixed Messages, Mismatched Pieces Could Leave Bulls Lost This Season

    CHICAGO — Every player on the Chicago Bulls might be worse than public opinion of him. You have guys who've achieved and won in the league, so their names now do more than their games ( Dwyane Wade , Rajon Rondo )...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 30,587 reads 66 comments

  16. LeBron-Kyrie Partnership Has All the Potential, and Risks, of Shaq-Kobe Alliance

    CLEVELAND — The goal was to create a cold-blooded monster. And now the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions because of it...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 76,825 reads 100 comments

  17. For the First Time in a Long Time, Knicks Have Given Their Fans Reason to Hope

    NEW YORK — Early last Saturday night during a preseason matchup against the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks rolled an in-house production video on the arena monitor...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 45,707 reads 94 comments

  18. Anthony Davis May Not Be a Natural-Born Leader, but He's Trying to Act the Part

    NEW ORLEANS — A choice is posed to Anthony Davis, who often stirs his teammates up in debate from his spot in the back of the team bus with his "Would you rather…" questions...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 26,699 reads 54 comments

  19. NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 105,427 reads 311 comments

  20. Injury to Ben Simmons Reveals Flaws in 76ers' Radical Rebuilding Process

    The Philadelphia 76ers ' petri dish has a new germ for us to study: Ben Simmons' fractured foot. It might be little more than an organic, unpredictable sports injury...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 39,670 reads 94 comments

  21. New Coach. New Players. New Attitude: The Lakers Are Finally Smiling Again

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The common belief behind rebuilding is that you have to hit rock bottom. You have to feel so bad that you're truly motivated to feel good again. Dig a deep ditch—then build the big building...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 74,154 reads 45 comments

  22. NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams in the Playoff Hunt in 2016-17

    We began our NBA training camp preview with a look at the bottom 10 teams . (Sorry about that, Brooklyn...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 47,273 reads 79 comments

  23. NBA's Youngest Coach, Luke Walton, Is on the Level with Millennial-Laden Lakers

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – D'Angelo Russell's eyes are sparkling as he makes clear how he feels about his new coach. "At this level, I don't really know what it takes to win," Russell says...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 134,025 reads 98 comments

  24. NBA Tiers of Contention: 10 Teams That Can Make Lottery Reservations Now

    With NBA training camps opening soon, it's time to set our expectations for the coming season. Let's break up the 30 teams into groups of three to determine the contenders, middle-of-the-road squads and also-rans...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 49,954 reads 74 comments

  25. Shaq Won't Enter Hall of Fame a Perfect Player but as the Player He Wanted to Be

    Because he was blessed with something we weren't, Shaquille O'Neal knew something we didn't. In body, he was basketball perfection . As O'Neal understood, such a blessing was a curse...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 43,836 reads 101 comments