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Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy day off before getting ready for New Orleans

March 29, 2010 | 12:48 pm


Lakers reports

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson believes the team can win 60 regular-season games.

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Lamar Odom's efforts during the team's five-game trip.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding examines how the Lakers' recent high volume of turnovers has affected their performances.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details how drastically different the New Orleans Hornets have become since being a contender two seasons ago in the Western Conference.

--The New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith details how rookie guard Marcus Thornton is in for a real test in trying to guard Kobe Bryant.

More Lakers links

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues that there's not much to worry about regarding the Lakers, and also questions Roland Lazenby's reporting on a rift between Jackson and the Buss family as well as the possibility LeBron James could join the Lakers. For the sake of fair play, here's Lazenby's response on Laker Noise's Mike Trudell has some news and notes on the Lakers' playoff picture.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Matt Moore takes an early peek at the NBA playoffs.

--Silver Screen and Roll dissects Derek Fisher's recent performance against Houston.

--Sports Illustrated's Dan Shaughnessy argues that Spurs forward Tim Duncan isn't among the best 10 players in NBA history, a list reserved for a few Lakers greats, such as Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal.

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe Bryant is averaging just 14.0 points on 44.0 percent shooting over his last two games." -- MEavesFSWest (Fox Sports West sideline reporter Michael Eaves).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Last I checked, you don't get a trophy for winning 60 games. The only number that matters is 16 once the season ends." - EJK

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul will be part of the action in the Lakers' fourth game on a five-game trip. Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein / NBAE via Getty Images