1. 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 12 hours ago 48,455 reads 149 comments

  2. 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 19 hours ago 174,081 reads 425 comments

  3. 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 2 days ago 117,469 reads 398 comments

  4. 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 5 days ago 112,622 reads 374 comments

  5. 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 9 days ago 253,864 reads 600 comments

  6. 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 11 days ago 199,908 reads 661 comments

  7. 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 12 days ago 56,778 reads 241 comments

  8. 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 15 days ago 68,794 reads 178 comments

  9. 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 16 days ago 76,835 reads 168 comments

  10. 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 17 days ago 43,890 reads 125 comments

  11. 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 18 days ago 437,431 reads 300 comments

  12. 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 22 days ago 64,861 reads 150 comments

  13. 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 23 days ago 108,864 reads 331 comments

  14. 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 25 days ago 82,583 reads 263 comments

  15. 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 25 days ago 132,106 reads 494 comments

  16. 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 136,443 reads 348 comments

  17. 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 35,323 reads 113 comments

  18. 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 70,177 reads 140 comments

  19. Explosive Athletes Bring Hope to Laker Nation in Predraft Workouts

    EL SEGUNDO, California — Zach LaVine came into the Lakers’ gym and nearly jumped out of it. LaVine measured 46” with his vertical leap at the Los Angeles Lakers ’ predraft workout Wednesday...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 83,646 reads 147 comments

  20. Spurs' 'Tortoise and the Hare' Approach Earns Them Yet Another Finals Berth

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Sometimes the qualities that prevail are quiet, slow…almost unnoticeable. No one goes to an NBA game looking to admire someone’s endurance, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 44,925 reads 257 comments

  21. Russell Westbrook Emerges as Most Entertaining Reality Show of NBA Playoffs

    OKLAHOMA CITY — More Russell Westbrook , please. That isn't to say Westbrook necessarily has to do more to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder's season from ending Saturday night...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 48,813 reads 157 comments

  22. What the Proposed Clippers Sale Would Mean for the Lakers

    If the Clippers are being sold for $2 billion, the question being asked all across Los Angeles is: What are the Lakers worth?! The short answer: a lot more...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 85,247 reads 198 comments

  23. Spurs Use Perfect Blend of New and Old School to Defeat Thunder in Game 5

    SAN ANTONIO — These are the new, old Spurs —and they play new, old basketball. Old basketball is teamwork rooted in old tenets of unselfishness, accountability and passing...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 43,805 reads 101 comments

  24. MVP Kevin Durant and Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich Set Sights on Game 5 Win

    SAN ANTONIO — As was crystallized to all who heard Kevin Durant ’s tissue-industry-stimulating NBA MVP speech, what a pleasure it is to have a guy leading the league who can and actually wants to share his feelings...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 33,496 reads 238 comments

  25. Lakers Insider: Byron Scott Among Many Candidates in Lakers' Ongoing Job Search

    For everyone with a "meh" reaction to the recycled veteran coaches being interviewed in this initial stage of the Los Angeles Lakers ' coaching search, rest assured that it is nowhere near completion...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 17,463 reads 36 comments