Caught in the Web: Lakers don't want to panic after 2-3 trip
Lakers practice reports
--The Times' Lisa Dillman outlines the Lakers' effort not to panic after a 2-3 trip, provides injury updates on Andrew Bynum and Luke Walton and has information on how to buy first-round playoff tickets.
--The Times' Mark Heisler is amused by all the commotion the public has made regarding the Lakers' recent struggles. He brings up the 2000-2001 championship season to provide some perspective.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr focuses on the injuries to Bynum and Walton.--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky gives his take on the recent spat between Sasha Vujacic and the coaching staff.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen details how the Lakers are trying to get into playoff mode.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why a quick turnaround might prove to be difficult for the Lakers.
More Lakers links
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Ron Artest's chippy play with Hawks forward Maurice Evans and why Coach Phil Jackson is longing for Walton's return.
--Lakers legend Jerry West gives his revealing insight on the Lakers' struggles to ESPN's Colin Cowherd.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer pinpoints the Lakers' offense as their main problem.--Want to know how the Lakers will do in the playoffs? Try out ESPN's NBA Playoff Predictor.
--LakerNoise's Roland Lazenby has a different take on the team's recent struggles, arguing there's definitely tension within the organization.
--The Salt Lake City Tribune's Ross Siler says the Jazz are using Friday night's game against the Lakers as a measuring stick for their postseason success. Siler also reports Andrei Kirilenko won't play Friday because of a strained left calf.
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen evaluates teams based on how efficiently they spent their money, and compares the effectiveness of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal with Bryant and Pau Gasol.
Tweet of the Day: There's going to be two today because they are just too good.
-- "Anything to be concerned about in Lakerville? Are the boys okay? Is a repeat in the cards? Have they gotten soft with success?" -- Rickafox (Former Lakers forward Rick Fox)
--"I knew Ron shouldve signed with Cleveland ... "Sorry LA fans. Just being honest.” -- Daniel_Artest (Ron Artest's brother, Daniel Artest).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Right now, I see a team that has lost its way. The younger, less experienced players are staggering under the weight of everyone's expectations. They have become afraid to fail." -- bronxlakerfan
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant draws the attention of Utah's Brevin Knight (left), Paul Millsap and C.J. Miles (34) in the second half of a playoff game last season. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times