1. Lakers Miss Chance to Keep Momentum Toward Future in Trading Pau Gasol

    Now it feels like the end of an era. After so many exit doors being propped open without Pau Gasol actually stepping through to depart the Los Angeles Lakers , the sweet-hearted soul tough enough to win two NBA titles is finally gone...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 15 hours ago 117,097 reads 420 comments

  2. Stakes Rise for Young Cavs in Summer League as LeBron James Commits to Cleveland

    LAS VEGAS — They are NBA novices who gathered in the desert Friday to play a game together for the first time, hoping to inch their careers forward in a meaningless summer-league game...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 day ago 66,149 reads 171 comments

  3. Jeremy Lin Helps Usher Lakers into Life of More Modest NBA Reality

    If you're unlikely to win the NBA championship, there have to be other ways to remain relevant. The Los Angeles Lakers embraced one of them Friday with their trade for ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 days ago 217,144 reads 511 comments

  4. LeBron Drama Offers Lakers Chance to Appreciate Value of Kobe's Expensive Stay

    LOS ANGELES — If Carmelo Anthony has come around to accept his richest offer from the New York Knicks —and the very real wisdom being offered by two guys Kobe Bryant ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 days ago 120,623 reads 398 comments

  5. Pairing of Kobe, Melo Offers Chance to Reinvent Themselves in Unforeseen Ways

    LOS ANGELES — Let's run through a few of the things you could rightly say about Carmelo Anthony if he decides to make a free-agent move to the Los Angeles Lakers . He still wants to be about as rich as possible...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 6 days ago 112,818 reads 374 comments

  6. Lakers' Free-Agent Pitch to Carmelo Anthony Has Makings of a Feel-Good Story

    LOS ANGELES — The simple sales pitch is ready, and if Carmelo Anthony can be made to feel like Los Angeles is meant to be his home Thursday, the Lakers might really shock the world...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 10 days ago 253,901 reads 600 comments

  7. After Dreaming of LeBron, Melo, Lakers May Wake Up to Much Harsher Reality

    LOS ANGELES — For much of the past decade, the Los Angeles Lakers have wished upon LeBron James . And now, for the first time, the Lakers have the salary-cap room to get in the ballpark at the same moment James is a free agent...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 12 days ago 199,941 reads 661 comments

  8. Julius Randle Ready to Fulfill Lakers' Massive Expectations

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — It was just last year that Julius Randle walked into a new spot, looked around at a bunch of new dudes and soon enough established himself as the best player on the team...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 13 days ago 56,800 reads 241 comments

  9. In Julius Randle, Lakers Find Promising Bridge to Kobe's Present, Lakers' Future

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Like most of the prospects to come through the Lakers ' practice facility for predraft workouts, Julius Randle was extremely happy to be there...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 68,829 reads 178 comments

  10. With Roster in Transition, Lakers Offer Rare Opportunity for Julius Randle

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — For all their success and accomplishments, the Los Angeles Lakers have never had an NBA Rookie of the Year. Julius Randle isn't a bad bet to be the first...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 17 days ago 76,862 reads 168 comments

  11. Lakers, Celtics Renewing Historic Rivalry with Battle for Prospects at NBA Draft

    LOS ANGELES—Amid the backdrop of a Celtics-Lakers rivalry that has fallen into disrepair on the court, Thursday night will have to serve as the latest showdown...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 18 days ago 43,899 reads 125 comments

  12. Kobe Bryant's Predraft Workout Has Become Stuff of Lakers, and NBA, Legend

    LOS ANGELES — Considering how much work it takes to leap from great to truly historic, a legend is made more than he is born. Truth be told, the two are interconnected...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 19 days ago 437,522 reads 300 comments

  13. Is Aaron Gordon LA Lakers' Most Realistic Option in 2014 NBA Draft?

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The journey toward selecting the next Laker has entered its final week, and the high-profile predraft workouts are finished...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 23 days ago 64,871 reads 150 comments

  14. Joel Embiid's Injury Could Provide Golden Opportunity for Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — What Kobe Bryant and the Lakers proved in their last championship rebuild is that you don’t have to bottom out to get back to the top. This time around, the opportunity to tear it way down might be too hard to resist...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 108,873 reads 331 comments

  15. Julius Randle Gives Lakers Something to Think About in Predraft Workout

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — In a business where you need steals in more ways than one to win big, the Lakers spent Tuesday morning deliberating plans for Julius Randle , once the nation's No...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 26 days ago 82,594 reads 263 comments

  16. After Star Turn in NBA Finals, Spurs' Kawhi Leonard Faces True Test of Talents

    Sorry to be the voice of reason, possible hater and rain cloud on the San Antonio Spurs ' victory parade Wednesday, but it's important to maintain perspective when it comes to this Kawhi Leonard coronation...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 26 days ago 132,117 reads 494 comments

  17. Lure of LeBron James Clear to Lakers, but Coaching Search Much More Complicated

    LOS ANGELES — If LeBron James wins the current NBA Finals and is so brash as to ditch the Miami Heat while still on top for a third consecutive year, or if he loses to the ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 136,449 reads 348 comments

  18. Lakers Left to Ponder What Might Have Been After Knicks Hire Derek Fisher

    LOS ANGELES — We are not granted a clear vision of what might have been. That's the trick in every decision we make in life, big or small: Pick a path, and either own it ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 35,330 reads 113 comments

  19. Lakers Insider: Rivalry with LA Serves as Backdrop for Spurs in NBA Finals

    LOS ANGELES — Better career: Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan? Better coach: Phil Jackson or Gregg Popovich? Better overall since they've been in the NBA together: Los Angeles ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 70,180 reads 140 comments

  20. Explosive Athletes Bring Hope to Laker Nation in Predraft Workouts

    EL SEGUNDO, California — Zach LaVine came into the Lakers’ gym and nearly jumped out of it. LaVine measured 46” with his vertical leap at the Los Angeles Lakers ’ predraft workout Wednesday...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 83,652 reads 147 comments

  21. Spurs' 'Tortoise and the Hare' Approach Earns Them Yet Another Finals Berth

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Sometimes the qualities that prevail are quiet, slow…almost unnoticeable. No one goes to an NBA game looking to admire someone’s endurance, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 44,927 reads 257 comments

  22. Russell Westbrook Emerges as Most Entertaining Reality Show of NBA Playoffs

    OKLAHOMA CITY — More Russell Westbrook , please. That isn't to say Westbrook necessarily has to do more to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder's season from ending Saturday night...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 48,816 reads 157 comments

  23. What the Proposed Clippers Sale Would Mean for the Lakers

    If the Clippers are being sold for $2 billion, the question being asked all across Los Angeles is: What are the Lakers worth?! The short answer: a lot more...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 85,248 reads 198 comments

  24. Spurs Use Perfect Blend of New and Old School to Defeat Thunder in Game 5

    SAN ANTONIO — These are the new, old Spurs —and they play new, old basketball. Old basketball is teamwork rooted in old tenets of unselfishness, accountability and passing...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 43,806 reads 101 comments

  25. MVP Kevin Durant and Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich Set Sights on Game 5 Win

    SAN ANTONIO — As was crystallized to all who heard Kevin Durant ’s tissue-industry-stimulating NBA MVP speech, what a pleasure it is to have a guy leading the league who can and actually wants to share his feelings...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 33,497 reads 238 comments