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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

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Ummm.... who are the Layers?

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... LAKERS Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.


MM...Are the Layers the same as the Fakers? LOL

Which layerrs are panicing? The crust or the liquid-hot magma core?

Or are you refering to the team collectively as in brick layers or the nice ladies who give you a ley in Hawaii?

MM - typo in the title Layers instead of Lakers

Mark Medina....

Thanks for the acknowledgement for comment of the day. When this blog is really humming, the interaction and exchange of ideas is just super. To me, that's the real fun of the site...just learning an awful lot about basketball from a lot of great contributors and our blogosphere.

Now, if the Lakers can just win a game and look good doing it tonight, my day will be complete!

Mark...were you trying to insinuate that the Lakers have been LAYING a lot of eggs lately? LOL!!

Hoopsworld is reporting that Kobe has signed his three year extension.

MM...Just testing to see if we were paying attention, right? It's game day, Mark, of course we are. LOL

Kobe finally signs extension for three more years after the end of his current contract:
It's about time!


Jamie Sweet - i liked your "L" aLLiteration the other day. i'm afraid that phred will complain that you missed the word LOVE

Kobe for 3 more years! Good stuff Lakers.

Eric Wright,

"Mark my word's, unless Dr. Buss and Mitch guarantee Kobe a REAL point guard along with some shooters and a veteran tough guy, he's gone."

Posted by: Eric Wright | April 02, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Can't wait until we get introduced to that REAL point guard and those shooters along w/the veteran that Mitch must've signed to convince Kobe to stay thru '13-14

hey guys sorry about the headline. we made the fix. Sorry to keep this thread short, but obviously some big although not surprising news. Kobe Bryant agreed to a three-year extension

PANIC, don't talk about kidding me, PANIC......i just hope we can win a game! ha ha

artest's brother is a fool, he's just jealous the team didn't call him back.

PANIC, don't talk about kidding me, PANIC......i just hope we can win a game! ha ha

Posted by: lakeshowinphx | April 02, 2010 at 02:34 PM

For some reason that line caused me to laugh quite heartily.

hey G in DC, what else can we do at this time but laugh! everyone in arizona is laughing at me and the lakers. damn suns keep winning. they're balling like i'd like to see the lakers ball!

Don't worry Lakeshow we may end up having the last laugh.



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