Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith is a featured columnist for ESPNNewYork.com, host of a weekday show for ESPN New York 98.7 and a regular on "SportsCenter" and "First Take."
L.A. couldn't contain Jeremy Lin and it leads to a lot of head-scratching.
Lakers should start looking ahead to next season and cast an eye toward Garnett.
Though the Lakers could be about to spiral, Kobe Bryant remains focused.
Allegations of disloyalty aside, union president Derek Fisher has a job to do.
It's time for both sides of the NBA lockout to give in a little.
It's not enough for players to tweet; they need to explain themselves to fans.
Kobe Bryant must show the NBA's health trumps an overseas payday.
NBA players must recognize the power of the owners' leverage in the lockout.
Kobe Bryant needs to step up and be a leader to help end the lockout.
Regardless of Kobe Bryant's feelings, the Lakers must keep him at home.
Frank McCourt is a deplorable owner, but MLB's role in the mess bears repeating.
After 19 seasons, Shaq is gone and his big shoes will never be filled.
An aging Kobe, the Pau/Bynum problem and Ron Artest all face Mike Brown.
The Lakers can't take any games off against this hungry Dallas squad.
Pau Gasol needs to heed this wake-up call if the Lakers are to three-peat.
Rest of the West isn't as intimidating as Boston, Chicago and Miami.
With Kobe almost going down against Dallas, what will the Lakers do if they lose anybody?
When it counted, against a star-studded cast rendered helpless against size, length and heart all season, neither Lakers big man showed up, especially on defense. Ultimately, they left Bryant all alone.
Lakers no longer have aura of invincibility, and the contenders are coming.
The Lakers have been so good for so long, L.A. fans are rarely satisfied.