1. 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 4 days ago 91,469 reads 125 comments

  2. 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 5 days ago 55,948 reads 52 comments

  3. 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 20 days ago 22,710 reads 97 comments

  4. 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 25 days ago 97,141 reads 60 comments

  5. 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 1 month ago 68,167 reads 90 comments

  6. 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 1 month ago 41,139 reads 42 comments

  7. 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 1 month ago 63,724 reads 147 comments

  8. 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 1 month ago 93,636 reads 141 comments

  9. 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 month ago 37,835 reads 103 comments

  10. 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 1 month ago 28,774 reads 33 comments

  11. 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 1 month ago 35,829 reads 4 comments

  12. 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 2 months ago 84,287 reads 104 comments

  13. 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 2 months ago 55,958 reads 34 comments

  14. 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 2 months ago 23,061 reads 99 comments

  15. 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 2 months ago 32,035 reads 2 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 27,244 reads 67 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 133,922 reads 188 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 59,775 reads 164 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 44,272 reads 66 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 72,722 reads 70 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 22,785 reads 50 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 30,609 reads 66 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 77,038 reads 100 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 45,792 reads 94 comments

  25. 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 4 months ago 26,718 reads 54 comments