Caught in the Web: Lakers back to work on free agency
A housekeeping note: We'll have a live chat at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to talk all things Lakers. It will serve as a great way for everyone to get back in the swing of things after the 4th of July weekend.
--AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson reports that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, among others, won't compete in the FIBA World Championship in Turkey this summer.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that Steve Blake will serve as a perfect addition to the Lakers.
--The New York Post's Kelly Magee reports that Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have a new reality show that will "chronicle shock-jock Khloe's quest to get pregnant by her multi-million-dollar Laker husband." Hmm. Gripping, to say the least.
--Lakers guard Derek Fisher pitches his worth in a Q&A with ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne.
--AOL Fanhouse's Tom Ziller argues that it's a good thing the Lakers aren't pursuing Mike Miller.
Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore puts re-signing Fisher and possibly acquiring Raja Bell as the next order of business.
Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff recaps Ron Artest's performance in the 2009-10 season.
Tweet of the Day: ""Bynum doesn't deserve to touch the trophy!" -- boogiecousins (Sacramento Kings rookie forward DeMarcus Cousins).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Good for Kobe! I hope he gets some rest, has a successful surgery on the finger and is ready to roll come this Fall. This could be another great season for the Lakers. I hope Phil gives the starters more rest during the regular season rather than go for a shot at the meaningless all time best regular season win-loss record. I'll take 16-0 in the playoffs any day over 74-8 in the regular season." -- rdlee
-- Mark Medinatwitter.com/latmedina
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Photo: After winning his second consecutive NBA championship, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has decided to sit out the FIBA World Championship in Turkey this summer. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times