1. New Coach. New Players. New Attitude: The Lakers Are Finally Smiling Again

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The common belief behind rebuilding is that you have to hit rock bottom. You have to feel so bad that you're truly motivated to feel good again. Dig a deep ditch—then build the big building...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 days ago 72,752 reads 45 comments

  2. NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams in the Playoff Hunt in 2016-17

    We began our NBA training camp preview with a look at the bottom 10 teams . (Sorry about that, Brooklyn...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 days ago 44,612 reads 70 comments

  3. NBA's Youngest Coach, Luke Walton, Is on the Level with Millennial-Laden Lakers

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – D'Angelo Russell's eyes are sparkling as he makes clear how he feels about his new coach. "At this level, I don't really know what it takes to win," Russell says...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 129,365 reads 98 comments

  4. NBA Tiers of Contention: 10 Teams That Can Make Lottery Reservations Now

    With NBA training camps opening soon, it's time to set our expectations for the coming season. Let's break up the 30 teams into groups of three to determine the contenders, middle-of-the-road squads and also-rans...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 10 days ago 48,757 reads 74 comments

  5. Shaq Won't Enter Hall of Fame a Perfect Player but as the Player He Wanted to Be

    Because he was blessed with something we weren't, Shaquille O'Neal knew something we didn't. In body, he was basketball perfection . As O'Neal understood, such a blessing was a curse...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 23 days ago 43,705 reads 101 comments

  6. Will Rio Gold Spark Change for Team USA's Most Controversial Stars?

    It was Team USA’s final possession of the first half Sunday. A foreign-looking white and orange orb zipped around in the sort of synergistic show that took the gold-medal game against Serbia from mismatch to sure thing...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 44,512 reads 50 comments

  7. LeBron James' New Contract Leaves No Question About Who Rules NBA Landscape

    LeBron James sat there with a smile on Thursday, stole thunder from the Rio Olympics he chose to skip and undercut his own league's major schedule unveiling. That's how it is when you rule the way James does...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 88,430 reads 227 comments

  8. Winning Will Have Benefits Beyond Gold Medal for U.S. Men's Olympic Hoops Team

    When most Olympians are preparing for this to be the pinnacle of their lives and you're, well, sort of chilling…it's absurd to go too far in heralding your competitive fire for participating...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 73,746 reads 94 comments

  9. In Staying with OKC, Russell Westbrook Reveals More Than His Words Ever Have

    For years we've debated and argued and probed the relationship between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant , trying to decipher what they thought of each other and, more importantly, what they think of themselves...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 135,024 reads 295 comments

  10. Stoudemire Did More Than Most with His Gifts, but Still Left Us Wanting More

    The fond farewells are out there, as always when someone of any significance retires. It's not even oversaturated with saccharine sentiment in this case...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 42,894 reads 84 comments

  11. Team USA Offering Window into the Psyches of NBA's Next-Gen Leaders

    LAS VEGAS — Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant sat at dinner Sunday. It was the eve of Olympic training, and most of the USA Basketball team had gotten together at Anthony's behest...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 67,997 reads 141 comments

  12. In Keeping World at a Distance, Duncan Was One of NBA's Most Effective Leaders

    He grew up a swimmer, so it's easy to imagine young Tim Duncan ripping off lap after lap in some sort of freestyle solitary confinement...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 56,435 reads 122 comments

  13. Early-Summer Returns Show Lakers That Post-Kobe Era Could Be a Lot of Fun

    LAS VEGAS — This is the land of the mirage. And while the pretty people partying endlessly are the promotional draw, Las Vegas is a place where the aging and over-the-hill try to turn back the clock...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 104,040 reads 278 comments

  14. Wade-Riley Divorce Shows Loyalty Isn't Easy to Define in the NBA

    It was Christmas 2006 in what Dwyane Wade would increasingly often refer to as "my house," AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 93,341 reads 226 comments

  15. Durant Departure Will Test Westbrook, and OKC's Belief in His Leadership

    Cocky. Jerk. Hothead. If we could just boil down the guy left behind, Russell Westbrook , to a one-dimensional character, it'd be a lot easier to finish this story about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 66,617 reads 245 comments

  16. Kevin Durant's Decision All About How He Views Himself: As a Winner

    There’s a powerful exercise we can all do when deciding whether it is worth it to make a major change in our lives. Close your eyes and visualize what your future self will be like with the change...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 209,098 reads 631 comments

  17. A Family Divided: Unrest Growing in Buss Family as Lakers Struggle to Rebuild

    LOS ANGELES — It was Jerry Buss' wish. Call it a dying wish if you want, because he made it to his second son in his final days from a hospital bed...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 170,066 reads 204 comments

  18. Brandon Ingram Holds Lakers' Spotlight, but D'Angelo Russell Holds the Future

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — This moment belongs to Brandon Ingram. Eventually, the moment will again belong to the guy who was the Los Angeles Lakers ' No. 2 overall pick only a year ago...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 279,243 reads 455 comments

  19. Derrick Rose Well-Suited to Phil Jackson's Plan That Progress Is Its Own Reward

    Derrick Rose and Phil Jackson have something in common beyond being able to call the Chicago Bulls their former employer. As major as their respective past successes have been, they've been humbled in recent years...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 133,789 reads 257 comments

  20. In Lifting Cavs to Title, LeBron James Takes Place Among NBA's Ultimate Winners

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Standing there next to Bill Russell, the flecks of gray in LeBron James ' beard matching the full gray in Russell's, James was as Russell will forever be...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 453,722 reads 562 comments

  21. History Awaits LeBron James If He Can Keep His Cavaliers Focused in Game 7

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James can shut up every person who ever doubted him with one more win. Of course, it wouldn't just be any victory...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 171,065 reads 476 comments

  22. After Sting of Suspension, Draymond Green Has Something to Prove in Game 6

    CLEVELAND — Of course, Draymond Green believes, truly believes, that his team would've won Game 5 and the NBA championship if he'd been there. Green is an overachiever as a result of his utter certainty that he matters...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 45,412 reads 223 comments

  23. As Curry Fails Leadership Test, Warriors Left Looking for Their Title Resolve

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Blame Draymond Green for letting the team down if you want. But among the folks actually available on Monday night to help the Golden State Warriors polish ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 310,181 reads 530 comments

  24. In Mastering the Use of Force, Stephen Curry Bests LeBron James at His Own Game

    CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry had won the NBA MVP before. What he won for the first time this season was the Magic Johnson Award, which honors "the player who best combines ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 220,397 reads 446 comments

  25. Warriors Reminded in Game 3 There Are No Shortcuts in Maintaining Finals Focus

    CLEVELAND — It's not a journey for just one guy, even if he is the first unanimous NBA MVP. They do this together. They read opposing defenses together. They make glorious history together...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 52,935 reads 246 comments