The good news first: Golden State will take the floor for Monday night's highly anticipated rematch with Cleveland having capitalized on all the slip-ups around them to reclaim the No. 1 spot in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings.
OAKLAND, Calif. — From turmoil to titans in the span of 10 days. It's January and not June, so it's still premature to say the Golden State Warriors are going to stick the landing of the massive leap they're seeking to make from talented group to title team.
Maybe we were always going to wind up here. Maybe there was no other way than for the Knicks to wind up wrapped in a power play between their two icons, Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony, while the team toils in sub-.500 miserable mediocrity.
The Knicks’ steady descent into chaos continued Sunday afternoon in Toronto, where forward Carmelo Anthony punctuated the team’s blowout loss to the Raptors by lashing out at the team’s management.
The sheen has worn off the league's glitziest franchise. The reeling Lakers are 11-20, with a better chance at finishing with one of the league's three worst records -- and potentially keeping their first-round pick again -- than vaulting into the playoffs.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- As the Los Angeles Lakers embark on the post-Kobe Bryant era, their most notable newcomer is one of his former teammates, first-year head coach Luke Walton.
NEW YORK -- Lakers coach Luke Walton challenged his players after the team suffered its eighth straight loss Wednesday night in Brooklyn, dropping Los Angeles to 10-18. "He raised his voice. He got his point across today," Lakers guard Nick Young said of Walton, a first-year Lakers coach.
Watching the Lakers right now is honestly unlike anything I can remember in my NBA life. They have transcended basketball and become some meta public art piece that we can all enjoy.
Chris Ryan: What sorcery is this? You can draw up as many sets of blueprints as you want, you can embroider “Best Player Available” onto all of your throw pillows. Collect your assets. Play for the future. In the end, only two things count in this life: warm weather and rings.
LOS ANGELES -- Jack Nicholson looked on from his usual courtside seat beside music legend Lou Adler, each donning sunglasses, as always. NBA commissioner Adam Silver stood along the baseline, a hand over his heart. Fans packed the Staples Center stands around them, leaving few empty seats.
Let’s go back to Super Bowl Sunday. Before the Seahawks and Patriots broke America’s brain, the Lakers and Knicks played what had to be the most depressing basketball game of the season. It was the day’s only NBA game, and that only made it sadder.
The following is excerpted from Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which is available now on Amazon.
#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. Each weekend, we highlight some of the best stories.
The Guardian's published a long excerpt from Cathy O'Neil's essential new book, Weapons of Math Destruction, in which O'Neil describes the way that shoddy machine-learning companies have come to dominate waged employment hiring, selling their dubious products to giant companies that use them to de
After the Lakers’ bid to win four straight championships fell short with a second-round loss to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs in 2003, the franchise appeared to solidify its chance of claiming another trophy when future Hall of Famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone elected to sign free-ag
I stood behind the first row of floor seats at the Staples Center for a solid 10 minutes, ogling how Green Giant–large Timofey Mozgov was. Seven-foot-one appears to be twice that size, at least, in person. Luol Deng circled the top of the key, focused on his long 2s.
There was a technical glitch. The Golden State Warriors, breakers of unbreakable records, failed to finish the season as repeat N.B.A. champions. Silicon Valley’s hometown team lost to some guys from the Rust Belt. So this week the Warriors upgraded their operating system.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers kicked Nick Young out of practice Thursday. He was sick -- probably from traveling across time zones recently, he suspected -- and they didn't want him getting any of his teammates sick.
The 1986 Los Angeles Lakers were one of the most talented basketball teams ever assembled, but they are rarely remembered that way. The team started the 1985-86 NBA season with a 29-5 record.
Hack-a-Shaq, inconsistent officiating, poisoned room service, and the road to the last three-peat: an oral history of the 2002 Western Conference finals, between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, the final chapter in one of the greatest rivalries in recent NBA history
Hijacking Italian Basketball League warmups as an 11 year old. Destroying a teammate so badly in one-on-one that it nearly caused a riot. Waking up at 5 a.m. to practice while his teammates slept. Rapping The Blueprint in the back of the bus.
Most years, we have more time. The NBA Finals end, and then there’s a nice little grace period that allows everyone to get caught up with the biggest stories in the NBA draft. That didn’t happen this year. It feels like the Finals ended five minutes ago, and now the draft is just days away.
This week, CBSSports.com's three-part series on nutrition in the NBA will explore players from Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose to Blake Griffin and Ray Allen who've adopted similar nutritional approaches to achieve a variety of goals. Dr.
LOS ANGELES — Before Sunday night, when he combined a unicorn's speed, an octopus' reach and Allan Houston's shooting touch to lead the New York Knicks to a 118-112 victory at Staples Center, Kristaps Porzingis had on one other occasion played on a court bearing the Los Angeles Lakers' purple an
They called him The Package, because he contained so many gifts, and because people always seemed to be waiting for him. Lamar Odom would bolt unannounced from the University of Rhode Island's campus, turn off his cell phone, and check into a hotel so he could be alone.
I didn’t write an NBA Bag on Thursday because I knew David Letterman was stepping down. I wrote an NBA Bag because I’ve been doing mailbags ever since I started writing this column in 1997 … and only because I loved Letterman’s “Viewer Mail” gimmick.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers' recipe for rebuilding was never supposed to include lemons.
He’s old, he’s wise, he’s as ferocious as ever. And in this final phase of his brilliant, checkered, championship-laden career, the man who once called himself "the Valentino of the NBA" has been running his mouth like never before.
Even at his peak, Kobe Bryant made greatness look grueling. He had every gift, every natural blessing — but he made having them look hard. He could do whatever he wanted on a basketball court, but being in charge of that kind of skill was exhausting, and the strain showed.
Most NBA coaching staffs would've watched the game at the office and ordered in some dinner. But Steve Kerr has built more than a coaching staff in his two seasons as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
LOS ANGELES — I came to say goodbye to a legend. Kobe Bryant refused. It was too soon, by three weeks. And Kobe Bryant, as you might know, does everything on his own terms. Even goodbyes.
KOBE BRYANT was never going to go gently into that good night. On November 29th the shooting guard for Los Angeles Lakers of North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) published a poetic ode to his sport announcing he would retire after this season.
From his daughter's passion for the Cup-less Kings to his own for the aged Celtics, Bill Simmons gets a refresher course in disappointment My daughter was crying. We were waiting for a green light on Olympic Boulevard, returning home from a Stanley Cup celebration that never happened.
MINNEAPOLIS — John Kundla sat in a wheelchair playing cribbage opposite his 68-year-old son, calling out numbers in a quiet, deep voice.
A career already full of crazy crossovers, curry range jumpers, and SICK moves. It's the Ultimate Stephen Curry Career Mixtape!About the NBA: The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the United States and Canada. The league is truly global, with games and programming in 215 countries
Much of what you need to know about the Lakers — these Lakers, now mercifully absent Kobe’s interminable farewell tour and free of Byron Scott’s suffocating chokehold — unfolded a few nights before Thanksgiving at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
NOTE: This is the second of two consecutive commentaries by Michael Eric Dyson on Stephen Curry, his family and their influences on questions of race, color, family and faith.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – D'Angelo Russell's eyes are sparkling as he makes clear how he feels about his new coach.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently spotted something unusual while watching forward Julius Randle working out on the court.
Phil Jackson wasn't in the mood to stop and catch up. His New York Knicks had gotten out of Staples Center with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers and he'd gone an entire game without having to wave to nostalgic Lakers fans on the big screen.
Even after a blowout loss to the Timberwolves to close the weekend, the Lakers have been the surprise of the early NBA season, posting a 6-5 record when their over/under win total was set at 24.5, according to Bovada. At this pace, they’ll easily top that.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Just hit 'record.'
MARC GASOL IS nailing a Conor McGregor impression -- flapping his arms wildly as he struts down the floor of Staples Center just like the 5-foot-9 Irish UFC champion -- and the celebration is totally justified. The Memphis Grizzlies should not have won this game.
OAKLAND, Calif. — There was a span on Friday night, barely more than a minute, when Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant drained 3-pointers on three straight possessions against the Portland Trail Blazers. It was just an N.B.A.
But first, it’s a Grantland Basketball Hour alert! On the heels of last night’s “Hardcore Playoff Preview” with me, Jalen Rose and Zach Lowe …
Just two days ago, higher-ups with both the Sixers and the league office expected lottery reform to pass by a vote of either 29-1 or 28-2.
Twenty years ago this month, Shaquille O'Neal, 24 years old and already poised to become one of the most dominant forces in NBA history, left the Orlando Magic to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Looking back, it was perhaps the most significant free agent signing ever. In any sport.
Kevin Durant didn’t say a lot during his meeting with the Golden State Warriors last Friday.
How Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson became the NBA’s best backcourt and helped the Golden State Warriors to the top of the league’s standings While rain pelts downtown Oakland, Klay Thompson finds shelter inside the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility.
LOS ANGELES — Luke Walton gave them the twinkle fingers as his wave, in addition to his usual endearing grin. The two women closest to his heart swooned.
“Typical Allen Iverson,” my friend says with a sigh as he shakes his head over a plate of chicken wings. I shrug. We’re in a dimly-lit dive bar in Philadelphia and A.I. has just canceled on our scheduled interview.
Here are a few things I think: Brent Barry was one of the smartest players I ever played with in the NBA. Rudy Tomjanovich was the best coach I ever had, not Phil Jackson or Gregg Popovich. Kobe Bryant was the hardest working player I ever played with.
A popular topic in NBA circles is analytics, which involve studying advanced statistics to gain an advantage on the basketball court.
Tuesday night was a great one for Lakers fan Jerald Acoba, who watched his team defeat the Memphis Grizzlies and — more impressively — sunk a half-court shot for $95,000. It was the second time this season a fan has won big bucks by hitting the shot; a fan won $35,000 earlier this season.
Excerpted from ‘Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution’ by Jonathan Abrams. Published by Crown Archetype. Book can be purchased online at Amazon.
Beyond the bay window that looks onto the Lakers practice court, the Buss family’s second team was beginning to practice. Jeanie Buss likes to watch the Development League’s D-Fenders from up here, in the office that once belonged to her dad.
Note: This could end up being one of the craziest months in NBA history. To celebrate the signings, trades, rumors, roster shuffling, insanity and (almost definitely) ensuing hilarity/incompetence, I have unleashed a special series called “The 12 Days of NBA Christmas.
Luke Walton has always been one to pass the ball, even in his days on the blacktop as an 8-year-old at St. Vincent de Paul School. He grew up in San Diego, son of an NBA champion, and learned early the key part to succeeding in pro basketball.
LOS ANGELES — As extended westward road trips go, this one could hardly have been drawn up better for the Knicks. Five games in nine days, with none back-to-back. Four against opponents with records well under .500, the notable exception being Golden State.
LOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson, a third-year guard with the Los Angeles Lakers, was explaining the virtues of good ball movement this week when he was asked about last season, when the Lakers were not known for their good ball movement.
Are you living in a sexless marriage? Frustrated by a spouse who never gives you exactly what it is you need? Do you often wonder if you'd be better off starting over from scratch? You're not alone. As a matter of fact, it is quite likely your marriage falls within the majority.
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.
I flashed a devious grin as my second steak of the day hissed and crackled on the cast-iron skillet. No steak I have ever seared was treated the way I was going to treat this one. I flipped the steak, now sporting a nice, hard dark-brown crust, and plopped a pat of butter on it.
If you think it's hard to shake off a century's worth of baseball futility, just try to break away from decades of basketball success. The Los Angeles Lakers, NBA royalty, had always been the opposite of the Chicago Cubs.
Knicks president Phil Jackson and Lakers president Jeanie Buss, together since 1999 and engaged since 2012, are no longer together. Jackson announced the split in a tweet earlier tonight. This is undoubtably a difficult time in both their lives.
The first time I saw my boss, Nate Silver, give a talk was at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. As usual, he was going on about numbers and statistics, but what stuck with me longest wasn’t quantitative.
The 2016 version of the Los Angeles Lakers organization has already proven that it lacks any passion for winning, developing young talent, or being anything more than a traveling circus: a Washington Generals–esque vessel for Kobe Bryant’s LA County–sized ego.
Today is the Clippers Fan Festival in Los Angeles, which means it's the first chance fans have to welcome former Microsoft CEO and all-around super excitable guy Steve Ballmer as their new owner. Ballmer made, well, quite an entrance.
The final buzzer sounds, the Los Angeles Lakers stride into the locker room and the hunt for chocolate milk begins.
It was the scoop every writer in the country wanted: Kobe Bryant on his final days in the NBA. Bryant played his last professional basketball game on the night of April 13.
China's biggest shopping day is coming up this month, and Amazon's biggest rival is recruiting the celebrities it needs to capitalize on the event.
The Golden State Warriors spent most of this season chasing history, battling with the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the title of greatest NBA team of all time. With a Game 7 finals loss to the Cavaliers, it’s clear that they came up short. But how far down the rankings did they fall?
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.
A film created in honor of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Chick Hearn. Bill Simmons wrote that Magic was one of the major superstars for whom no one has made a definitive video "mix" or compilation. This is my attempt at correcting that. --I don't prefer "mix" style videos that are set to music, so I
The writer is Phil Jackson, newly ordained savior of the Knicks and author of a nearly Mailer-like profusion of books. Getting through the 1,682 pages of his collected works requires every trick in his oeuvre: every breathing technique, every Lao Tzu quotation, every positive visualization.
This has been one crazy offseason! We’re a week into things, and with precious little to show.
The thought of what could have been haunted Kobe Bryant for years. Five years ago, then-NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed what would have been a history-altering trade to pair superstar point guard Chris Paul with Bryant in the Los Angeles Lakers’ back court.
As surprising as it was to watch the Golden State Warriors get blown out by the last-place Lakers, there is a simple explanation for what happened Sunday at Staples Center. The mystery is that it isn't happening more frequently. Teams dependent on long-range shooting are bound to play such games.
Check out this sick Jason Williams Kings highlight mix as we celebrate his 40th birthday. We take a look back at all the behind the back, no look, and off the elbow passes! Happy 40th birthday Jason!About the NBA: The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the United States and Canada.
I’m paying more attention to early season basketball, and it feels super weird. Look: I enjoy the NBA just fine, but I belong to that portion of the NBA audience for whom the serious watching doesn’t really commence until, you know, later. Maybe a lot later. Eighty-two games is a long haul.
1. Feb. 18, 2015: "I've shot too much from the time I was 8 years old. But 'too much' is a matter of perspective. Some people thought Mozart had too many notes in his compositions. Let me put it this way: I entertain people who say I shoot too much. I find it very interesting.
For three seasons, they’ve been nowhere. Now they’re coming from everywhere. Larry Nance Jr. rolling down the lane, Nick Young falling into the stands. Julius Randle bouncing off the glass.