1. After All Their Progress, Clippers Find Themselves at a Dangerous Crossroads

    LOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan stood alone in the paint at Staples Center, as usual, serving as the last line of defense while the Los Angeles Clippers shot free throws at the other end...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 5 days ago 63,986 reads 0 comments

  2. With His Legacy Calling, LeBron James Is Taking Aim at Another MVP Award

    LOS ANGELES — Any activity on the meter assessing the greatest player of all time must move at a glacial pace...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 7 days ago 156,543 reads 0 comments

  3. Lakers Show Loyalty Matters More Than Family with New Magic-Pelinka Front Office

    LOS ANGELES — The buzzword in L.A. is "family," because everyone has one and it's natural to rubberneck when someone else's has run itself off the road…especially when the folks can afford much more than a minivan...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 18 days ago 35,226 reads 0 comments

  4. For DeMarcus Cousins to Thrive with Pels, Anthony Davis Must Realize Potential

    LOS ANGELES — In their 19th quarter of playing basketball together as New Orleans Pelicans during a honeymoon period that saw the chill one wear black sunglasses on his face ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 21 days ago 50,985 reads 0 comments

  5. Free to Be Himself, James Harden Looks an Awful Lot Like an NBA MVP

    LOS ANGELES — Every successful campaign needs a good slogan, and here's one to sum up what should be James Harden 's winning run for 2016-17 NBA MVP. Who I Am...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 25 days ago 59,166 reads 0 comments

  6. Injury Leaves Kevin Durant Only One Acceptable Option This Season: Win a Title

    Sometime later in life, Kevin Durant will say he wouldn't change a thing…because that's what people invariably say when there's no real-life way to change a thing anyway...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 27 days ago 109,012 reads 0 comments

  7. New Lakers Regime Now Faces Difficult but Doable Path to Paul George

    LOS ANGELES — There wasn't enough time left in the season—or talent left on the roster—for the Boston Celtics to confidently deal for Paul George at Thursday's NBA trade deadline...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 148,958 reads 0 comments

  8. Despite Swift Changes, Patience Will Be a Virtue for Lakers in Magic Johnson Era

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Magic Johnson has waited a long, long time for this. Taking a break late Tuesday afternoon after talking to 10 NBA general managers (with three more ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 43,984 reads 0 comments

  9. NBA All-Star Weekend Buzz: Will Boston Celtics Finally Pounce on Jimmy Butler?

    NEW ORLEANS — Five items heard, seen or clarified from an All-Star Weekend of all things NBA … Boston Celtics Are on the Clock A common question ...

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  10. Magic Johnson Will Have a Damning Case Against Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak

    LOS ANGELES — Magic Johnson is about to see if Lakers executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak have any explanation for the mishaps that have driven the legendary Los Angeles Lakers to four of the worst seasons in franchise history...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 454,818 reads 0 comments

  11. Brandon Ingram Mixes Love for Basketball with Old-School Work Ethic

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Brandon Ingram is about to enter the largest spotlight of his career as a headliner for the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge showcase Friday in New Orleans ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 68,909 reads 0 comments

  12. LeBron James-Carmelo Anthony Debate Has Never Been More Lopsided Than It Is Now

    Perhaps you think it's unfair to compare Carmelo Anthony to the fire-breathing predecessors who flourished under Phil Jackson (Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant ), as we did in this space earlier in the week...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 56,342 reads 0 comments

  13. Phil Jackson, Knicks Doomed by Wanting Carmelo to Be Something He Is Not

    It is a common story in sports. Often, it's a parent. Occasionally, it's a friend. An inordinate amount of times, it's a coach or mentor. Someone wants it more for the athlete than the athlete wants it for himself...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 230,708 reads 0 comments

  14. Sources Hint Magic Johnson Hire Could Lead to Sweeping Changes for LA Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — You think this is some minor tweak, some neat public relations bump in tough times or even just signaling the end of Jim Buss’ tenure in charge of the Los ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 61,264 reads 0 comments

  15. Disconnect Between Stars and Teammates Has Made Bulls a Compelling Mess

    It was not literally in the official contract signed by and between the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade , but it was understood just as well as the terms or compensation or NBA logo in the upper left corner...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 38,565 reads 0 comments

  16. Derek Fisher Knows What You May Think About Him, and He's Cool with It, Sort Of

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — In the moments on the studio set while waiting out commercial breaks, or in the car on the way home from school drop-off or heading to pickup, Derek Fisher has time for some perspective...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 294,305 reads 0 comments

  17. Blake Griffin Has Chance to Take Next Step Up Superstar Ladder, but Is He Ready?

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers ' most golden yet still unfulfilling era is staggering toward a potential finish...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 82,869 reads 0 comments

  18. Stung by Departure of Durant, Russell Westbrook Is Learning How to Lead

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Believe it or not, Russell Westbrook has mellowed. Doubt it all you want—and after he vowed to take vengeance on Golden State's Zaza Pachulia late ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 94,610 reads 125 comments

  19. Warriors Trying to Avoid Repeating Same Mistakes That Doomed Durant in OKC

    OAKLAND, Calif. — From turmoil to titans in the span of 10 days. It's January and not June, so it's still premature to say the Golden State Warriors are going to stick ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 57,155 reads 52 comments

  20. Raptors Dream Big, but NBA Reality Says Toronto's Title Hopes May Be a Fantasy

    One-and-a-half players away. That's how one NBA insider with a thorough understanding of the Toronto Raptors put it. Not just one player away...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 23,019 reads 97 comments

  21. Once Considered Soft, Dirk Nowitzki Was Ahead of His Time

    Let's go back 15 or so years to when Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki were best-bud Dallas Mavericks teammates establishing their excellence in the NBA and always hanging out to shoot in the gym together at night...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 97,339 reads 60 comments

  22. Resting Era Is Here to Stay, but NBA Needs to Remember That Winning Still Counts

    The smell of the Korean fried chicken wings wafted above all the other catered food options, and the steam drifted at the same slow speed from the shower area into the quiet locker room...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 68,233 reads 90 comments

  23. Phil Jackson Enjoying His Knicks Reunion so Much, He's Planning Long-Term Stay

    PHOENIX — He truly enjoys living in New York. He truly is committed to the Knicks . So midway through his five-year contract as Knicks president, Phil Jackson isn't expected to go anywhere ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 41,341 reads 42 comments

  24. Porzingis' Rise to Stardom a Reminder of How Much Lakers Have to Learn

    LOS ANGELES — Before Sunday night, when he combined a unicorn's speed, an octopus' reach and Allan Houston's shooting touch to lead the New York Knicks to a 118-112 victory ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 67,529 reads 147 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 93,745 reads 141 comments