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

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-- 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.

-- NBA.com'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.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with NBA.com'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 years.my 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

 
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-Fan to Barnes: just bring your a-game and contribute to phil's historic 4th 3-peat and forget about all the "love" c.r.a.p.

-Bynum: hope your body will cooperate with your will to be the best... no one doubts your ability, just your knees and we know you don't have control over it.

-Theo - get ready for the 2nd half of the season because you will be needed when Bynum's knees - not Bynum himself - give out.

-Blake - looking forward to you taking over the team... DFish can still "motivate" coming off the bench.

-Caracter & Ebanks - you have a golden opportunity to be make history due to LO being AWOL, no Luke and weak shooting guards coming off the bench: sasha & brown - if they re-sign him.

Mitch - you've done great with what was out there to fill in for Bynum's eventual season ending injury and addressing the PG. Fans like us never being satisfied and always expecting miracles need you to fill in the gap for the "2" so the team can kick some a.r.s.e.!!

Buss - thank you and IN BUSS WE TRUST!!

Looking forward to Miami and eventually NY - i have a feeling they'll be the next "3 headed monster" with amar'e, melo and paul...

P.S.
Fan to Shaq: thank you for ruining our team and thus costing the city and the buss family several championships. your show will be off the air and not soon enough. you're an idiot and can't wait until you're no longer in the league. it's really fun watching you struggle finding a job and better yet, still watching you bust with anxiety and panic everytime you step up to the line... Please rap your way into oblivion and thanks for the nightmares.. good riddance!

Lewstrs...........Maybe we need a WELCOME to the Lakers Bus for Barnes, Blake and Ratlif. Let them know we're behind them when they roll into Staple's Center!

"Magic has no credibility as a sports commentator..."

that comment is from a brain on drugs!

Unlike Raja Bell who chose money over rings, Barnes left money on the table to return to the hometown Lakers. That alone deserves our constant praise.

To Edwin Gueco....these are words to live by.

Curious George and to everybody,

Every time we are called elder or old we cringed a little closer to our grave. I don't know whether we or I can take it as a praise or a downgrade. Please treat me as your equal, maybe i was born a little earlier, blog here earlier but our opinion carries the same weight. If my phraseology was taken into context as an elder statesman, I apologized. I was born in this country and speak the way you do. There is nothing old on being respectful and courteous with one another, we all give our opinions freely without expecting something in return.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Thank you for reminding us about civility and the Golden Rule. Those things go a long way in life and matter even on internet blogs.

Welcome home Matt. You've been gone too long.

Now get me that goddam ball!!! Don't matter how you do it! Just get that ball back!

Opps sorry! I thought we are already into the 2011 Finals.

Every time we are called elder or old we cringed a little closer to our grave. I don't know whether we or I can take it as a praise or a downgrade. Please treat me as your equal, maybe i was born a little earlier, blog here earlier but our opinion carries the same weight. If my phraseology was taken into context as an elder statesman, I apologized. I was born in this country and speak the way you do. There is nothing old on being respectful and courteous with one another, we all give our opinions freely without expecting something in return.

Posted by: Edwin Gueco | July 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Thank you for reminding us about civility and the Golden Rule. Those things go a long way in life and matter even on internet blogs.


Posted by: bronxlakerfan | July 27, 2010 at 04:43 PM

It always does! Nothing beats being civil. No matter how we passionately defend our lakers, it does not give us any excuse to act like someone that has risen from the septics.

 
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