Caught in the Web: Lakers show interest in Jeremy Lin; live chat at 1 p.m.
We'll have a live chat at 1 p.m. to talk all about the off-season, which very likely will mostly involve Harvard guard Jeremy Lin.
We will be trying a new chat format, G-Snap, which involves registration using a number of options, including regular sign-in, Twitter, Facebook and Yahoo. I figured it would be better to work out any kinks with a new format during the dog days of summer than, say, when the Lakers are having their ring ceremony. I appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation with adjusting to new chats.On to the Lakers links.....
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports the Lakers are interested in Lin as a backup.
-- NBA.com's David Aldridge reports Matt Barnes is leaving Orlando for Toronto, meaning that's one more free agent the Lakers won't have. But ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported financial issues may could "scuttle the deal."
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down what Lin would provide to the Lakers.
-- Pro Basketball Talk's John Krolik has a pretty comprehensive analysis on Lin's game.
-- Lin told KESN-FM in Dallas he'd love to stay with the Mavericks.
-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes the criticism surrounding LeBron James' decision to go to Miami is overblown.
-- ESPN.com's Dana O'Neill profiles Lin.
-- The Orange County Register's Doug Tifft paints a picture in words of the Laker Girls tryouts.
-- Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins says in the video below that the Lakers addressed their needs the most this off-season.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell lists the Lakers' top 10 plays in the 2010 postseason.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius argues the Lakers need to re-sign Shannon Brown.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes Lin would be a good fit for the Lakers.
Tweet of the Day: "Sasha [Vujacic] to Matt Kemp 'you don't want to warm up with me? cmon' " -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Reader Comment of the Day: "If we had let [Lamar] Odom go, we couldn’t have signed or traded for anybody else. There wouldn’t have been anyone else to come in and play his minutes, get his rebounds, do any of the million things he does. There shouldn’t be any disagreement about that. Sure, there will be, around here, but there shouldn’t" -- phred
-- Mark Medina