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Caught in the Web: Matt Barnes asks for love from Laker fans

July 27, 2010 |  9:43 am


-- The Times' DeAntae Prince details Magic Johnson's prediction that the Lakers will three-peat.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr argues that Theo Ratliff will provide the Lakers with a defensive presence.

-- The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Christian Boone looks at how former Laker forward Josh Powell will fit into the Hawks' lineup.

--'s Scott Howard-Cooper explains how Matt Barnes has patched things up with the Lakers.

-- Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins explains in the video below how much Barnes will help the Lakers.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby looks at Kobe Bryant and Barnes and the ready-made "boyfriend-and-girlfriend" heckle.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin believes Derrick Caracter has a good chance to crack a spot on the Lakers' roster.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus analyzes the Lakers' roster.

--'s Mike Trudell talks with's John Schuhmann about USA Basketball, including Lamar Odom.

-- The China Daily's Chen Xiangfeng says Bryant is struggling with accepting that he should do nothing this off-season so he can recover from injuries and fatigue.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark has a report card on Jordan Farmar.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff misses Rick Fox.

Tweet of the Day: "Quick question?? All those LAKER fans that hated me you rolln or yall still cool on me.... Hahahaa We family now rite???????????????????????" -- matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I disagree with what Magic Johnson said that the heat will win titles in 2 to 3 personal take of this matter is as long as kobe is healthy and still playing probably 4-5 years more i think with the current lakers line-up as long as their all healthy the lakers will win it all" -- Adrian Palomar

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Former Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers, turning down a more lucrative offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Credit: Elsa / Getty Images