1. Kobe Bryant Reveals Competitive Fire, Unique Kindness in Untold Stories

    LOS ANGELES — What's he really like? That kind of question is the entire premise of the paparazzi and the springboard for all of reality television...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 9 days ago 428,797 reads 344 comments

  2. Lakers to Play Howard's Rockets on Opening Night, Gasol's Bulls on Christmas

    LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol have distinctly different legacies in Los Angeles, but these days they share a link: They're moving on in life as former Lakers , having left Kobe Bryant behind...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 19 days ago 78,514 reads 208 comments

  3. Blockbuster Trade Between Cavs and Wolves Means Kevin Love Is Out of Excuses

    For all the gaudy individual numbers and All-Star appearances, here is the final decision on the Kevin Love era in Minnesota: He was not a defender, not a team guy and not a winner...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 25 days ago 133,945 reads 436 comments

  4. Paul George Will Press on Despite Horrific Injury

    The moment itself was dreadful and upsetting. Just try to bear in mind that everything leading up to the moment was actually feel-good…an admirable young man working hard, growing stronger, testing limits, getting better...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 136,437 reads 201 comments

  5. Kyrie Irving Ready and Willing to Cede Spotlight to LeBron James in Cleveland

    LAS VEGAS — Get the provocative, inflammatory headlines ready! Kyrie Irving already tired of LeBron James ! Star wars in Cleveland! Kyrie "can't smile anymore" ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 141,918 reads 260 comments

  6. Stay or Go? Two Years Out, Kevin Durant Is Already Weighing His Options

    LAS VEGAS — Kevin Durant was happy to talk about LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Legitimately happy...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 218,053 reads 587 comments

  7. Derrick Rose Returns to the Court a Changed Player for USA Basketball

    LAS VEGAS — A lot has been said about Derrick Rose in the time since he first was injured. How long ago was that? The Philadelphia 76ers were in the playoffs, that's how long ago...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 225,595 reads 586 comments

  8. Reunion Between Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott May Be Exactly What Both Men Need

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Every one of their relationships started out promisingly enough, respectfully enough. Del Harris, Phil Jackson, Rudy Tomjanovich, Mike Brown, Mike D'Antoni...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 111,014 reads 413 comments

  9. Lakers' Gamble on Humbled Carlos Boozer Could Help End or Rebuild His Career

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — It’d be pretty funny if the Los Angeles Lakers made a token salary bid in the Carlos Boozer amnesty auction, assuming their offer at about half ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 75,327 reads 300 comments

  10. Unburdened by Expectations and Pressure, Can Jeremy Lin Bring Linsanity to LA?

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — There’s a subtle key to the underdog story. It’s all about the expectations—or more accurately, the lack thereof...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 75,445 reads 356 comments

  11. Lakers' Offseason Hasn't Moved Quickly, but It Could Move Them to Right Coach

    LOS ANGELES — One safe way to gauge how busy Mitch Kupchak has been is to check his hair. When he really needs to get it cut, you know the Los Angeles Lakers general manager has been absolutely swamped...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 91,253 reads 154 comments

  12. Carlos Boozer Addition Leaves Lakers in Uniquely Unsettling Position

    LOS ANGELES — What do parents do if they've spoiled their children for many, many years and then realize that their kids are woefully unready for the harsh realities of normal, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 285,293 reads 590 comments

  13. Will Kobe Bryant Eventually Choose Another Title Shot Over Loyalty to Lakers?

    The general conversation in the NBA right now is how a superstar grew old and wise enough to understand that a homemade fire feels good deep inside — and the invigorating joy of touching that fresh, gold trophy made by Tiffany & Co...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 246,508 reads 260 comments

  14. Lakers' Underwhelming Additions Create Opportunity, Pressure for Julius Randle

    LAS VEGAS — If you think Jordan Hill was horribly overpaid, don't believe Nick Young is a serious professional and have concluded Linsanity was a total fluke, you still have Julius Randle ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 91,077 reads 150 comments

  15. 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 1 month ago 146,633 reads 450 comments

  16. 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 month ago 73,891 reads 170 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 232,412 reads 523 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 123,584 reads 395 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 113,182 reads 374 comments

  20. 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 2 months ago 254,278 reads 599 comments

  21. 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 2 months ago 200,239 reads 661 comments

  22. 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 2 months ago 57,125 reads 241 comments

  23. 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 2 months ago 69,147 reads 178 comments

  24. 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 2 months ago 77,080 reads 167 comments

  25. 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 2 months ago 44,015 reads 125 comments