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

March 29, 2010 | 12:48 pm

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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

--Lakers.com'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

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

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


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