1. Can Blake Griffin Solve L.A. Clippers Identity Crisis in Post-Chris Paul Era?

    LOS ANGELES — Before we complain about the Los Angeles Clippers ' lack of identity going forward, it's only fair to recall how embarrassing their previous identity was...

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  2. Sources Think Westbrook Likely to Stay in OKC; Paul George a Different Story

    This is really exciting. Gambling usually is. Make no mistake—that's what the Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder are doing...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 111,050 reads 0 comments

  3. For CP3 Deal to Pay Off, Paul, Harden and D'Antoni Need to Show They Can Change

    Mike D'Antoni still tells people what a pain Kobe Bryant was. James Harden knows how much better he felt last season without Dwight Howard around...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 146,940 reads 0 comments

  4. With Ball, Lakers Break with Me-First Kobe Era, Embrace Magic's We-First Vision

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lonzo Ball doesn't need to talk a lot to know he's funny. He doesn't need to score to know he's playing great basketball...

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  5. With Paul George in Waiting, Lakers Strike a Deal to Open Door for His Arrival

    LOS ANGELES — What the bold new Los Angeles Lakers era of team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka boils down to is this: They believe they can deliver new superstars that others before them could not...

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  6. Lakers Favor Drafting Lonzo Ball, With an Eye on Paul George, LeBron James

    LOS ANGELES — For a Los Angeles Lakers franchise that has lost Kobe Bryant and a historic number of games over the past four seasons, the increasing likelihood that Paul ...

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  7. Memo to the NBA: Stop Complaining About the Warriors and LeBron, and Try Harder

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Here's a major reason people are so quick to resent the greatness of the Golden State Warriors: They already resent the greatness of LeBron James ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 3 months ago 53,283 reads 0 comments

  8. Kyrie's Big Night a Testament to What He Is and What He Has Yet to Become

    CLEVELAND — Put the re-evaluation on hold. The history of 3-0 leads in the NBA playoffs suggests that the Cleveland Cavaliers still eventually must contemplate an overhaul ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 66,827 reads 0 comments

  9. L.A. Lakers Not Entirely Sold on Lonzo Ball, Holding out Hope for Markelle Fultz

    LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball was fine. He was humble and respectful in conversation over meals. He shot the ball well on the court. He very well might be the Los Angeles Lakers ’ draft pick in two weeks’ time...

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  10. Stephen Curry and Co. Making Big Statement with KD in Ways We Never Expected

    CLEVELAND — The masterpiece is nearing completion. Shall we appreciate it? Or are we going to shake our heads and mutter that it had to be good considering how naturally ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 119,357 reads 0 comments

  11. Cavs' Title Joyride May Come to Crashing Halt If LeBron Doesn't Get Help Fast

    CLEVELAND — Here's hoping JR Smith, the shirtless phenomenon with a heart of gold, has enjoyed his time being celebrated and rewarded with a fat new contract...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 84,399 reads 0 comments

  12. With a Willingness to Grow, Kevin Durant Has Become His Best Self with Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The most fascinating aspect of the NBA Finals so far is not that Kevin Durant is getting his turn at massive individual glory as the series' leading scorer each of the first two games...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 88,813 reads 0 comments

  13. Cavs' Game Plan Out of Sync and Out of Style Against Modern-Age Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Do you know what would make this a fairer fight? Russell Westbrook joins the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 2...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 154,449 reads 0 comments

  14. LeBron-Steph Rivalry Has Made Each a Different, and Better, Player

    OAKLAND, Calif. — On the eve of the 2017 NBA Finals , Stephen Curry sat with his chin in his left hand, stroking the fuller facial hair he now sports...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 65,227 reads 0 comments

  15. Everyman Coach Mike Brown Could Become a New Man If Warriors Win Championship

    Mike Brown is already starting to look different, isn't he? Just standing there with the sheen of Golden State greatness on him, piling up nothing but victories in this playoff ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 110,015 reads 0 comments

  16. 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" ...

    Kevin Ding Written by Kevin Ding about 4 months ago 65,825 reads 0 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 69,804 reads 0 comments

  18. 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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  19. 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...

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  20. 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 5 months ago 56,327 reads 0 comments

  21. 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 5 months ago 65,653 reads 0 comments

  22. 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 5 months ago 119,702 reads 0 comments

  23. 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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  24. 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 5 months ago 62,097 reads 0 comments

  25. 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 5 months ago 112,482 reads 0 comments