Caught in the Web: Update on Shannon Brown negotiations
-- Lakers forward Ron Artest interviews himself in ESPN The Magazine.
-- CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that "the Knicks have extended an offer to Shannon Brown and are waiting to hear whether the Lakers' free-agent guard will take it or wait for L.A. to make room to re-sign him by trading Sasha Vujacic.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky explains how the Lakers have become tougher.
-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix predicts that Lamar Odom will play multiple positions for Team USA in the FIBA World Championships.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that discussions with the New York Knicks and Brown remain "ongoing." McMenamin also mentions the Lakers and Cavaliers are other possible options.
-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen analyzes what a Lakers-Heat NBA Finals matchup would look like.
-- NBA.com's John Schuhmann mentions that Odom will play mostly at center for Team USA
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with ESPN's Matthew Berry about the team's off-season.
-- NBA.com features Kobe Bryant's visit to China in the video below.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip argues health will be the biggest factor for the Lakers next season.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore critiques how the Lakers are depicted in the new NBA Jam.
Tweet(s) of the Day: "I just interviewed the RUDEST nanny ever. It's crackin me up! She grilled me 4 10 min then got SO offended when I asked about her experience... like I should just know that she is some kinda crazy super nanny. she was super alright...super somethin else! haha. oh well. #interviewfail -- kristenblake2 (Kristen Blake, wife of Lakers guard Steve Blake)
Reader Comment of the Day: "It's too bad that the Lakers gave Sasha the contract that they did, he really is a solid player, just not 5 million-type solid. It is hard to justify paying Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, and Derek Fisher what they do, and then keeping Sasha. They also jumped the gun on Luke, so here is to hoping that we can trade Sasha for a quality shooter, or yet another defensive presence at a much lower cost." -- TNTLakerFan
Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown remains in negotiations with the team. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press.