1. Kobe Bryant Fights Fierce Competitive Instinct in Battle Against 'Old Age'

    CHICAGO — It’s not like Kobe Bryant to let a moment pass him by. That’s what happened Thursday…Bryant letting down his team, his league and all the fans...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 days ago 52,388 reads 113 comments

  2. Byron Scott's Kobe Bryant Plan Leaving Los Angeles Lakers in Dangerous Position

    LOS ANGELES — Here’s one thing Byron Scott has accomplished. He has left no question about it, and it’s good to know: Kobe Bryant no longer can do everything and be everything for the Los Angeles Lakers ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 days ago 142,531 reads 361 comments

  3. Though Enticing, Rajon Rondo of Today an Investment Lakers Lucky Not to Make

    LOS ANGELES — You only get so many chances to deviate from the pure rebuild in today's NBA . If you—rightly—want a proven commodity to make you a vastly better ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 119,473 reads 200 comments

  4. Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kobe Bryant's Road Trip into NBA History

    NBA Senior Writer Kevin Ding followed the Los Angeles Lakers on their three-game trip to San Antonio, Minnesota and Indiana for three very different results...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 11 days ago 63,366 reads 57 comments

  5. Kobe Bryant's Latest Feat Touches NBA's Past, Present and Future

    MINNEAPOLIS — As part of his book-giving tradition, Phil Jackson in 2006 gave Kobe Bryant Blink by Malcolm Gladwell ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 13 days ago 76,626 reads 213 comments

  6. On Verge of New Scoring Mark, Kobe Bryant Says Journey, Not Record, Matters

    SAN ANTONIO — Whether it is passing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA 's all-time scoring list or already assuming the lead in shots missed in league history, Kobe ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 15 days ago 45,497 reads 134 comments

  7. Hopeful He Had Found a Home in LA, Jeremy Lin Again Left Looking for Answers

    LOS ANGELES — Jeremy Lin, backup point guard, threw the hoodie up and over his head and headed out of Staples Center late Sunday night undercover...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 19 days ago 110,530 reads 319 comments

  8. Lakers, Celtics Find Paths Connected Again in Fight to Recapture Glory Days

    If you had a time machine and were to choose any moment to drop in on the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, it'd have to be in the 1960s or '80s, when larger-than-life championship showdowns between the teams were the norm...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 22 days ago 24,906 reads 115 comments

  9. Kobe Bryant: What It Means to Me to Pass Michael Jordan on NBA's Scoring List

    All the reasons that others have to diminish this, an upcoming accomplishment that most definitely resonates with Kobe Bryant , are the very reasons he cherishes it...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 485,109 reads 628 comments

  10. Lakers Must Weigh Fantasy vs. Reality in Targeting Best Free-Agent Options

    LOS ANGELES — Just about every night, there's someone to admire from afar. Last Wednesday, Marc Gasol . Last Friday, Thaddeus Young. Up next on Tuesday, Greg Monroe...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 26 days ago 174,456 reads 238 comments

  11. Lakers Stuck in the Present as Youth Movement Lacks Youth, Movement

    LOS ANGELES — It's human nature to be happier working toward something, the basic feeling of growth surprisingly fulfilling even when compared with the delight of success...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 46,541 reads 108 comments

  12. Steve Nash's Absence May Irk Lakers Fans Now but Leave Them Smiling Later

    LOS ANGELES — It's July 2016, and a smiling, comfortable and confident Kevin Durant appears at his introductory news conference. He holds up the purple-and-gold No...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 252,562 reads 354 comments

  13. In Nick Young, Kobe Finds Partnership He Failed to Develop with Dwight Howard

    HOUSTON — Even on a night when Kobe Bryant was as nice as could be toward Dwight Howard , the reasons why their partnership didn't flower were prevalent...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 178,539 reads 268 comments

  14. Lakers Left to Ponder Future That Might Have Been in Pau Gasol's Return to LA

    LOS ANGELES — The day finally came Monday when Pau Gasol felt "strange." He walked into Staples Center as an out-of-town visiting player, no longer a Los Angeles Laker . It has been a long time coming...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 60,311 reads 98 comments

  15. Byron Scott's Overriding Faith in Kobe Bryant Has Lakers on Brink of Fracture

    LOS ANGELES — After Mike Brown and Mike D'Antoni, the Los Angeles Lakers needed a leader of men. With his poised posture, authoritative calm and championship heritage, Byron Scott undoubtedly has leadership skills...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 89,009 reads 327 comments

  16. In Leanest of Lakers Times, Kobe Bryant Finds Meaning in Process, Not Results

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant won, but he wasn't too happy about it. It was evident in the matter-of-fact way he walked off the Staples Center court Sunday night amid gold ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 38,987 reads 144 comments

  17. With Sterling Era Over, It's Put Up or Shut Up Time for L.A. Clippers

    LOS ANGELES — That first part, the fumigation, was executed swiftly and virtuously. For Donald Sterling and all of his droppings to have been swept up by Adam Silver, Steve Ballmer and Co...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 39,473 reads 149 comments

  18. Jeremy Lin's Path Back to Stardom Clear...If He Can Meet Everyone's Expectations

    LOS ANGELES — Beaten down by yet another game without a victory, and now in the Lakers locker room with a sore right foot after the ankle sprains that limited his training-camp reps, Jeremy Lin faced the question without expression...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 112,462 reads 187 comments

  19. Lakers' Downward Spiral Raises Plenty of Questions but Has Few Easy Solutions

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — We live in a time when we have video on demand and we text while we drive, so of course we jump to conclusions about the NBA before we even fall back for daylight savings time the first weekend of the season...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 50,007 reads 126 comments

  20. Russell Westbrook's Hand Injury Nudges Thunder Title Window a Little More Shut

    LOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook was so exasperated as he walked off the Staples Center floor that even after he decided he'd better stop arguing in the tunnel with a heckling ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 48,047 reads 175 comments

  21. Kobe Trying to Turn Randle's Injury, Lakers' Struggles into Bonding Experience

    PHOENIX — Byron Scott told reporters Tuesday night that Julius Randle was in tears in a private room at Staples Center after breaking his leg in his very first NBA game...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 78,871 reads 174 comments

  22. Steve Ballmer: Just Your Average, Everyday Billionaire Who Saved the Clippers

    BELLEVUE, Wash. — One of the ways Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer connects the dots from his old world to his new one is how deeply both sets of people are into their stuff...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 103,791 reads 59 comments

  23. Dwight Howard Says He's over Kobe Bryant, but His Actions Scream Otherwise

    LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard is going to have a big-time season. For all that he is not, he still is a great player. He's also healthier than he was in his lost season in Los Angeles with the Lakers in 2012-13...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 214,435 reads 513 comments

  24. Kobe Bryant's Search to Rediscover Self Will Define Success or Failure of Season

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Here he is, having cracked the bone just below his knee as he pulled his shredded foot out of the basketball grave. And all that happened to his good leg...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 21,940 reads 112 comments

  25. Unable to Overcome Ongoing Back Issues, Steve Nash to Miss 2014-15 Season

    LOS ANGELES — The latest and perhaps last setback of Steve Nash 's disappointing tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers has come...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 399,226 reads 581 comments