1. The Spurs Way May Be Endangered Unless Kawhi and Co. Find Their Voices

    SAN ANTONIO — For a moment, you could see signs of the old silver and black standard. This was last Thursday, and Tim Duncan was on the practice court in a "SAN ANTONIO BASKETBALL" ...

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  2. Warriors Looking to Erase Pain of Last Year with Perfect Postseason

    SAN ANTONIO — You know the ideal way to atone for the disappointment of winning a record 73 games but losing the championship to Cleveland with a 3-1 lead? Setting a different—arguably ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 days ago 68,459 reads 0 comments

  3. LaMarcus Aldridge Is Built to Fit in with the Spurs, Not to Save Them

    SAN ANTONIO — When LaMarcus Aldridge had his pick of teams two years ago, the choice was telling. He didn't want to go somewhere they'd ask him to play too physically...

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  4. With Lakers' Options Open at No. 2, It's Up to Lonzo Ball to Fulfill His Destiny

    LOS ANGELES — There is a mathematical poetry to the No. 2 Lonzo Ball has worn all of his basketball life and the three consecutive No. 2 picks the Lakers have won in the NBA draft lottery...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 8 days ago 80,145 reads 0 comments

  5. Game 6 No-Show Tells James Harden, Rockets It's Time to Stop Playing Around

    HOUSTON — Before he fouled out of the game and calmly accepted defeat and the end of his season; before he embraced Gregg Popovich and graciously told the victorious coach, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 13 days ago 55,478 reads 0 comments

  6. Always Ready, Manu Ginobili Saves Spurs with a Performance Few Could Muster

    SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had limped to the bench due to pain he was unable to hide. While all eyes settled on the San Antonio Spurs ' writhing star during the timeout, ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 15 days ago 65,268 reads 0 comments

  7. If Lakers Keep Their Lottery Pick, Don't Assume They Target Lonzo Ball

    LOS ANGELES — One week from now, "Lakers 2.0," as new general manager Rob Pelinka calls it, will be roaring forward with a new level of optimization and the guarantee of enhanced content in the form of a top-three draft pick…or it won't...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 16 days ago 119,094 reads 0 comments

  8. Kawhi Leonard's Quiet Game 4 a Missed Opportunity to Make Superstar Statement

    HOUSTON — Especially because Kawhi Leonard doesn't give us anything off the court, we need momentous feats from him on the court...

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  9. The Jazz Are Built to Beat the Warriors, but Can They?

    If you're a morning person, you aren't going to be functioning as well at midnight. In a similar vein, if you're the Golden State Warriors and are used to playing at a pace faster ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 23 days ago 61,852 reads 0 comments

  10. Is It Time for the Clippers and Chris Paul to Part Ways?

    LOS ANGELES — Chris Paul didn't want to analyze anything Sunday. His free agency, the Game 7 first-round loss to the Utah Jazz , or whether what he has done with the Los Angeles Clippers in six fine yet futile seasons really matters...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 24 days ago 111,829 reads 0 comments

  11. Larry Bird's Exit a Warning That the Pacers Could Be in for a Tough Summer Ahead

    Good for Larry Bird . Bad for the Indiana Pacers . Probably a new team for Paul George . Bird's decision to step down as Pacers president, as reported by The ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 27 days ago 38,817 reads 0 comments

  12. Iso Joe Johnson Isn't a Joke Anymore; He's the Playoffs' Perfect Weapon

    LOS ANGELES — It was a matter of pride and principle. Little practical purpose was being served by how hard Chris Paul and Joe Johnson were pushing and leaning on each other Tuesday night...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 29 days ago 36,356 reads 0 comments

  13. Blake Griffin's Latest Injury May Finally Send Him in Search of a New NBA Home

    Already, the whispers had started, about how Blake Griffin was catching rim on his dunks after they used to be statuesque, powerful slams, with or without the Kia...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 196,264 reads 0 comments

  14. Be Warned, LeBron, Paul George Is Finally Finding His Inner Badass

    As fascinating a season as it has been for Russell Westbrook , Paul George 's somewhat fruitless one has been far richer from a character-development standpoint...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 31,953 reads 0 comments

  15. Keeping Up with the Warriors Forced the NBA to Embrace Its Fun Side in 2017

    Kevin Durant chose the Golden State Warriors over the summer, the superteam was formed, and a lot of people said it was over before it started. One thing becoming super, however, does not mean everything else turns rotten...

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  16. 'Sometimes People Need Cheap Shots': Inside the Mind of Westbrook's No. 1 Enemy

    Stars shine brilliantly...but they almost never collide. That's the reason to relish the clash between balls of fire Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrook even more than the ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 64,191 reads 0 comments

  17. Stephen Curry: 'It's Comical That People [Are] Saying I'm Having a Down Year'

    OAKLAND, Calif. — He is the most qualified person in the NBA to offer us a perspective on not having it both ways. That might seem strange when Stephen Curry has so often been able to have his cake and eat it, too...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 165,927 reads 0 comments

  18. LeBron's Desire Will Determine Cavs' Fate More Than Any Challenger in the East

    Plenty of questions can be asked about the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers this season, especially in light of their 6-9 record in March and all-but-nonexistent defense...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 1 month ago 54,989 reads 0 comments

  19. After All Their Progress, Clippers Find Themselves at a Dangerous Crossroads

    LOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan stood alone in the paint at Staples Center, as usual, serving as the last line of defense while the Los Angeles Clippers shot free throws at the other end...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 65,262 reads 0 comments

  20. With His Legacy Calling, LeBron James Is Taking Aim at Another MVP Award

    LOS ANGELES — Any activity on the meter assessing the greatest player of all time must move at a glacial pace...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 2 months ago 157,769 reads 0 comments

  21. Lakers Show Loyalty Matters More Than Family with New Magic-Pelinka Front Office

    LOS ANGELES — The buzzword in L.A. is "family," because everyone has one and it's natural to rubberneck when someone else's has run itself off the road…especially when the folks can afford much more than a minivan...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 35,444 reads 0 comments

  22. For DeMarcus Cousins to Thrive with Pels, Anthony Davis Must Realize Potential

    LOS ANGELES — In their 19th quarter of playing basketball together as New Orleans Pelicans during a honeymoon period that saw the chill one wear black sunglasses on his face ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 51,291 reads 0 comments

  23. Free to Be Himself, James Harden Looks an Awful Lot Like an NBA MVP

    LOS ANGELES — Every successful campaign needs a good slogan, and here's one to sum up what should be James Harden 's winning run for 2016-17 NBA MVP. Who I Am...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 59,409 reads 0 comments

  24. Injury Leaves Kevin Durant Only One Acceptable Option This Season: Win a Title

    Sometime later in life, Kevin Durant will say he wouldn't change a thing…because that's what people invariably say when there's no real-life way to change a thing anyway...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 109,102 reads 0 comments

  25. New Lakers Regime Now Faces Difficult but Doable Path to Paul George

    LOS ANGELES — There wasn't enough time left in the season—or talent left on the roster—for the Boston Celtics to confidently deal for Paul George at Thursday's NBA trade deadline...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 149,248 reads 0 comments