1. Luke Walton Brings Fresh Start, Hope for Resurgence to Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers ’ magic was in the air again, and it was electric. For more than six hours Thursday, three men who love the Lakers huddled, bonded ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 6 days ago 157,700 reads 291 comments

  2. Blake Griffin's Sacrifice Deserves Recognition Despite Clippers' Looming Demise

    LOS ANGELES — Before we allow Blake Griffin to move on from this forgettable season, he should be given a tremendous amount of credit. That’s right...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 104,138 reads 141 comments

  3. Stephen Curry, Chris Paul Injuries Create Tremendous Opportunity Out West

    Let's give thanks that Stephen Curry didn't hurt his knee in one of the final regular-season games pursuing that record 73rd victory. We never would've heard the end of it from the preservationists...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 9 days ago 50,412 reads 215 comments

  4. LA Lakers Brass Still Can't See Obvious Path Forward After Byron Scott Firing

    LOS ANGELES — There was a temptation for Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak to keep Byron Scott on as head coach. At least it would've projected some semblance of stability for the proud Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 11 days ago 198,888 reads 209 comments

  5. Game of Expectations: Which NBA Title Contenders Have Most to Lose in Playoffs?

    Perhaps we'll look back at Thursday's loss in Game 3 of the first round against the Houston Rockets as the Golden State Warriors' lone playoff blemish...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 14 days ago 85,236 reads 140 comments

  6. Thibodeau Hiring Sets Up T-Wolves and Their New Coach to Create Lasting Legacy

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be a winning team, effective immediately. They could even be the NBA 's next great power after the Golden State Warriors ' current era...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 15 days ago 98,041 reads 228 comments

  7. Like His Warriors, Stephen Curry Redefining Greatness in Post-Michael Jordan Era

    OAKLAND, Calif. — For weeks these Warriors have been compared to Michael Jordan 's Bulls. Now that Stephen Curry and his Golden State teammates have their historic 73-9 record, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 22 days ago 164,303 reads 374 comments

  8. His Body Failing Him, Kobe Bryant's Words Explain a Career We Won't Soon Forget

    LOS ANGELES — Absent from his farewell season has been the basketball that Kobe Bryant made his standard—so wicked and righteous that it shaped all who beheld it...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 22 days ago 96,278 reads 160 comments

  9. With End Almost Here, Kobe Bryant's Humane Side Finally Revealing Itself

    OKLAHOMA CITY — It was the last time for me. Of the 1,397 games Kobe Bryant has started in his career, I've been there in person for maybe 1,250. Too many to count. Way too many highlights to remember, frankly...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 68,483 reads 143 comments

  10. Draymond Green-Stephen Curry Pairing Fueling Warriors' Run to History

    SAN ANTONIO — "The best record of all time," Draymond Green called it. Stephen Curry put it this way: "Something no team has done in history...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 25 days ago 154,863 reads 210 comments

  11. The Incredible Irony of Sam Hinkie's Exit from the Philadelphia 76ers

    Sam Hinkie gave up because of his own human instincts. And that's appropriate, because the lesson from his Philadelphia 76ers reign is the overriding importance of treating people like people...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 68,139 reads 154 comments

  12. Blake Griffin, Clippers Appreciate Reunion, but a Difficult Future Lies Ahead

    LOS ANGELES — Pink is the color of the large residual discoloration on the back of Blake Griffin 's right hand...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 29,833 reads 101 comments

  13. Lakers' D'Angelo Russell-Nick Young Drama All Too Predictable Outcome for Both

    LOS ANGELES — It's not surprising to anyone who really knows these Los Angeles Lakers that D'Angelo Russell did something immature and thought he was above getting called ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 216,017 reads 265 comments

  14. Utah's Push into Playoff Picture Proves There Is Value in Doing Things Right Way

    SALT LAKE CITY — In an NBA so littered with strategic losing and tanking warfare, there is more honor than ever in making the playoffs. It means you put forth an effort to compete on a nightly basis...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 17,172 reads 58 comments

  15. Hidden Injury Alters Perspective of What Is and What Could Be for Anthony Davis

    There's nothing wrong with having opinions. It's just they are faulty if formed on the basis of lack of information...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 102,628 reads 163 comments

  16. Like Best Hoops Programs, Spurs' Success Built on Philosophy as Much as Players

    SAN ANTONIO — Every season the Spurs hole up at home this time of year, making up games they're due from vacating the AT&T Center in February for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 32,748 reads 111 comments

  17. Like Him or Loathe Him, D'Angelo Russell Will Be a Star, and He'll Tell You Why

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — For those who insist we must accord our fellow man respect or treat everyone and their opinions equally, D'Angelo Russell isn't your guy. Never will be. You might even think he's kind of a jerk...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 171,046 reads 275 comments

  18. Take It from Kobe: Kyrie Irving Has Become Key to Unlocking Cavs' Full Potential

    LOS ANGELES — Finding an edge on the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 playoffs will require not only a dedication of purpose but the emotional confidence that a historic team can be toppled...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 61,119 reads 233 comments

  19. LeBron May Be a Leader, but Unlike Kobe, He Has Yet to Learn How to Inspire

    LOS ANGELES — When you get old, you start thinking about how you'd like to be remembered. However, what you hope sticks in people's minds might not be your actual legacy...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 58,465 reads 256 comments

  20. Pretty Hate Machine: Warriors Forcing Old Guard to Confront New Template for NBA

    A guy walks into a bar… Two older patrons see the overt joy emanating from the guy named Stephen Curry , star of the history-making Golden State Warriors, and they don't like it one bit...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 59,764 reads 193 comments

  21. Is Kevin Durant Bound for Golden State? Not If He Remains True to Himself

    If the very good Oklahoma City Thunder can't stand up to the historically great Golden State Warriors in two matchups in the coming week, and one of the game's brightest talents can't ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 467,818 reads 576 comments

  22. Doc Rivers' Best as a GM Likely Not Enough for Clippers to Reach Warriors' Level

    LOS ANGELES — This is what it's like to be chasing chemistry. So even with the final window of trade opportunity of this season closing Thursday, even with ongoing incongruence ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 75,247 reads 200 comments

  23. Howard, Horford, Morris Among Names to Watch During Unpredictable Trade Deadline

    From the beginning of his tenure in Houston, J.B. Bickerstaff had a system for addressing the team's stars as an assistant coach. At times, it was talking to Dwight Howard over here; at other moments, it was huddling with James Harden over there...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 202,848 reads 174 comments

  24. LeBron's Reverence for Kobe May See Him Honor Bryant and Skip Rio Olympics

    CLEVELAND — Kobe Bryant played hard to get. So LeBron James really, really had to earn Bryant's respect. James' childlike reverence for Bryant never waned, as a result...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 262,603 reads 176 comments

  25. Lakers' Kids Helping Kobe Find Joy in the Little Things Amid Season Gone Wrong

    INDIANAPOLIS — Kobe Bryant strode into the Vienna Ballroom on the second floor of the Conrad Hotel on Sunday evening...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 36,102 reads 39 comments