Caught in the Web: Lakers about to finish their five-game trip
-- The Times' Jerry Crowe mentions that some Vegas oddsmakers think LeBron James and Kevin Durant have a better shot than Bryant at winning the regular-season MVP.
-- The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Michael Cunningham wonders whether fans tonight will root for the Hawks or the visiting Lakers.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding wonders whether Phil Jackson's routine during the Lakers' trip has contributed to the team's poor play.
-- Fox Sports West's Michael Eaves argues that fans shouldn't worry about the Lakers' play until the postseason begins.
-- In The Times' Fabulous Forum blog, Ted Green assesses the Lakers' chances to repeat.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky weighs in on how Andrew Bynum's absence has affected the Lakers.
-- Forum Blue and Gold argues that the Lakers' consistently inconsistent play shouldn't be a cause for concern.
-- Laker Noise's Roland Lazenby explains why Luke Walton's return to the lineup, expected soon, is a good thing.
-- Silver Screen and Roll argues that the Lakers' championship hopes may hinge on a little bit of luck.
-- Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick interviews Jackson on a variety of topics, including his future with the Lakers. Meanwhile, Reggie Miller tells Patrick he prefers John Wooden over Jackson and Bryant and LeBron James over Kevin Durant.
--Sports Illustrated's NBA writers, including Ian Thomsen, Jack McCallum, Frank Hughes and Chris Mannix debate whether the Lakers are better off with Ron Artest instead of Trevor Ariza.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson adds his own two cents, saying the Lakers will be glad they have Artest this postseason.
-- ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose believes the Lakers are in trouble.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford observes that it seems the Lakers lately are very angry with one another, the coaching staff and the referees.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a good reminder that Orlando is creeping up on the Lakers in the league standings.
Tweet of the Day:"Has it really been a year since Andrew Bynum's Playboy escapades? At least he's on the Lakers road trip this time." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los ANgeles columnist Arash Markazi).
Reader Comment of the Day:"LA Laker teams will never be known for being "lunch bucket" brigade. Style AND substance rule here. And, unfortunately, part of the smug and arrogant reality of the LA style is the "Me Worry?" attitude when others are clucking, "The sky is falling!" Some call it arrogance... some call it hubris... and presently we all call it uncalled for." -- LakerMike
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Photo: New Orleans point guard Chris Paul challenges a three-point shot by Lakers point guard Derek Fisher in the first half Monday night. Credit: Derick E. Hingle/US Presswire.