NBA senior writer Kevin Ding (@KevinDing) covers the league for Bleacher Report, based out of Los Angeles. He started out driven to fill up every page in the daily journal his mom gave him one childhood Christmas and wound up at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, The Miami Herald and the Orange County Register before B/R. He has been a sportswriter covering the NBA since 1999. His column on Kobe Bryant and LeBron James was judged the No. 1 column of 2011 by the Pro Basketball Writers Association; his column on Jeremy Lin won second place in 2012.