1. 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 11 hours ago 37,609 reads 214 comments

  2. 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 23 hours ago 52,807 reads 303 comments

  3. 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 5 days ago 90,376 reads 154 comments

  4. 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 8 days ago 284,741 reads 590 comments

  5. 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 11 days ago 245,815 reads 260 comments

  6. 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 12 days ago 90,483 reads 150 comments

  7. 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 13 days ago 146,222 reads 450 comments

  8. 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 14 days ago 73,515 reads 171 comments

  9. 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 15 days ago 231,998 reads 524 comments

  10. 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 16 days ago 123,352 reads 398 comments

  11. 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 19 days ago 113,096 reads 374 comments

  12. 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 23 days ago 254,091 reads 600 comments

  13. 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 25 days ago 200,122 reads 661 comments

  14. 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 25 days ago 57,000 reads 241 comments

  15. 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 29 days ago 68,957 reads 178 comments

  16. 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 29 days ago 76,972 reads 168 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 43,933 reads 125 comments

  18. Kobe Bryant's Predraft Workout Has Become Stuff of Lakers, and NBA, Legend

    LOS ANGELES — Considering how much work it takes to leap from great to truly historic, a legend is made more than he is born. Truth be told, the two are interconnected...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 438,614 reads 303 comments

  19. Is Aaron Gordon LA Lakers' Most Realistic Option in 2014 NBA Draft?

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The journey toward selecting the next Laker has entered its final week, and the high-profile predraft workouts are finished...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 64,919 reads 150 comments

  20. Joel Embiid's Injury Could Provide Golden Opportunity for Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — What Kobe Bryant and the Lakers proved in their last championship rebuild is that you don’t have to bottom out to get back to the top. This time around, the opportunity to tear it way down might be too hard to resist...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 108,925 reads 331 comments

  21. Julius Randle Gives Lakers Something to Think About in Predraft Workout

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — In a business where you need steals in more ways than one to win big, the Lakers spent Tuesday morning deliberating plans for Julius Randle , once the nation's No...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 82,692 reads 263 comments

  22. After Star Turn in NBA Finals, Spurs' Kawhi Leonard Faces True Test of Talents

    Sorry to be the voice of reason, possible hater and rain cloud on the San Antonio Spurs ' victory parade Wednesday, but it's important to maintain perspective when it comes to this Kawhi Leonard coronation...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 132,268 reads 495 comments

  23. Lure of LeBron James Clear to Lakers, but Coaching Search Much More Complicated

    LOS ANGELES — If LeBron James wins the current NBA Finals and is so brash as to ditch the Miami Heat while still on top for a third consecutive year, or if he loses to the ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 136,507 reads 348 comments

  24. Lakers Left to Ponder What Might Have Been After Knicks Hire Derek Fisher

    LOS ANGELES — We are not granted a clear vision of what might have been. That's the trick in every decision we make in life, big or small: Pick a path, and either own it ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 35,347 reads 113 comments

  25. Lakers Insider: Rivalry with LA Serves as Backdrop for Spurs in NBA Finals

    LOS ANGELES — Better career: Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan? Better coach: Phil Jackson or Gregg Popovich? Better overall since they've been in the NBA together: Los Angeles ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 70,216 reads 140 comments