Caught in the Web: Your daily fix of Lakers links
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights how the Lakers are drawing motivation from their first-round exits in 2006 and 2007 against Phoenix.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Kareem Abdul Jabbar's view that basketball players should get a degree before going to the NBA.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky preview the Lakers-Suns series with former Clippers Coach Kim Hughes.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen highlights the multiple skills Lakers forward Pau Gasol brings to the team.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues a LeBron James-Kobe Bryant Finals matchup would have been good for both players.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues the Lakers' recent playoff losses against Phoenix will have little bearing on this series.
--LA Weekly's Dennis Romero reports that the L.A. City Council wants Lakers fans not to spend money if they travel to Arizona for the Lakers-Suns series.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford details what the Lakers' bench must provide against Phoenix.--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell previews the series with TNT's Kevin Harlan.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius explores what the bench provides for each team.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Gil Meriken previews the Lakers-Suns series through a video game.
--LakersNation's Stan Park thinks the comparisons between LeBron and Kobe need to stop.--The New York Times' Lynn Zinser wonders whether the James free-agency saga will overshadow the NBA playoffs, including the Lakers-Suns series.
--The Arizona Republic's Dan Bickley details how Grant Hill is enjoying the Sun's playoff run.
--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury also highlights Hill's playoff journey.--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro looks at how it will be a test of wills between Phoenix's league-leading three-point shooting and the Lakers' league-leading three-point defense.
--The Arizona Republic's Jim Gintonio explains how Goran Dragic's confidence has made a difference in his game.--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix details Phoenix's resurgent defense.
--Bright Side of the Sun's Seth Pollack wonders when this series will ever start. He also highlights how Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic try to replicate Steve Nash's one-eyed shooting performance in Game 4 of the Phoenix-San Antonio series.
--Valley of the Suns' Michael Schwartz focuses on how the Suns' success brings a different context to Nash's contract extension.
Tweet of the Day: "Lakers eased back the last couple of weeks since they couldn't catch Cavs - ended up getting bypassed by Orlando -- a mistake?" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus).
Reader Comment of the Day: "lebron is kinda like pop music. He's got a lot of number one hits but no classics." -- johnnyboy
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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson talks to his players during a team practice session at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo on Wednesday. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.