1. 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 day ago 171,032 reads 268 comments

  2. 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 4 days ago 59,593 reads 98 comments

  3. 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 5 days ago 88,112 reads 322 comments

  4. 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 11 days ago 38,824 reads 144 comments

  5. 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 12 days ago 39,380 reads 149 comments

  6. 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 15 days ago 111,506 reads 187 comments

  7. 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 18 days ago 49,910 reads 126 comments

  8. 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 22 days ago 47,883 reads 175 comments

  9. 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 23 days ago 78,197 reads 174 comments

  10. 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 23 days ago 103,591 reads 59 comments

  11. 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 24 days ago 214,039 reads 513 comments

  12. 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 25 days ago 21,848 reads 112 comments

  13. 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 29 days ago 398,583 reads 581 comments

  14. Julius Randle's Development Poses Final Leadership Test for Kobe Bryant

    LOS ANGELES — His basketball legend already written in stone, Kobe Bryant 's virtue as a man again has found itself bandied about the digital arena today the very same way as in newspapers, radio and TV 10 to 15 years prior...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 72,619 reads 197 comments

  15. Byron Scott's Return to Lakers Has Taken Time but Seems Right on Schedule

    LOS ANGELES — The eldest child is the one you assume to be the first one coached by the father. Thomas Scott says no. He remembers when the notion of his father, Byron, being a coach gained its real toehold...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 83,297 reads 86 comments

  16. Jeremy Lin Has Become Not Only Kobe Bryant's Teammate, but His Pupil

    LOS ANGELES — On the one hand, they are two global icons. On the other hand Thursday night at Staples Center, they were just teammates talking on the bench, almost no one ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 229,408 reads 196 comments

  17. Kobe Bryant Painting a New Portrait of Career in His Return to Court for Lakers

    SAN DIEGO — When Kobe Bryant took a trip through Europe a year ago, he wanted his daughters to experience some of the culture while there. A quick visit to the Accademia Gallery in Florence, Italy, was arranged...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 83,569 reads 109 comments

  18. Kobe, Nash May Find Key to Season in Workout Regimen Neither Has Tried Before

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — As if Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash don't already sense it, Derek Jeter brought that end of the tunnel into focus...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 63,342 reads 116 comments

  19. Chris Paul and the Clippers Begin New Era Mindful of Hard Lessons Ahead

    PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — As a little man who has become great in a big man's game, Chris Paul has consistently challenged those bigger and stronger than him...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 28,133 reads 146 comments

  20. Kobe Bryant's Effort to Rediscover Game Is Moving Forward but Far from Complete

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant has always chosen his own context. Accordingly, the perspective has mostly tilted in his favor, toward his grandeur, serving in construction of his legend...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 37,202 reads 156 comments

  21. Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash Forging Partnership That Could Alter Lakers' Season

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers ' season is going to be a success only if Kobe Bryant delivers redemption. And only if a long list of other things happen, too...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 91,105 reads 173 comments

  22. Kobe Bryant Finds Inspiration to Change, Prepare for Future, in Tracy McGrady

    LOS ANGELES — It happens all the time with all sorts of people. On occasion it can be as graphic as what has happened to Donald Sterling and Ray Rice with their livelihoods...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 126,877 reads 111 comments

  23. Lakers' Swaggy P Demonstrates Unique Joy Needed in Dog Days of NBA Offseason

    LOS ANGELES — I just had a dream about Swaggy P, and I'm curious what that might mean. A little worried what that might mean, actually...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 53,591 reads 221 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 447,253 reads 354 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 79,412 reads 208 comments