Caught in the Web: Lakers make signing free agent Derek Fisher a priority
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report that the Lakers haven't ironed out a deal yet with Derek Fisher. Also, Javaris Crittenton isn't on the summer league roster because he's recovering from foot surgery. Phoenix plans to talk to Lakers assistant general manager Ronnie Lester this weekend about its vacant general manager position.
-- The Times' Mark Heisler criticizes LeBron James and ESPN for the one-hour announcement show but says James is going to make the announcement within the first 10 minutes.
-- The Times' Scott Collins and Joe Flint question ESPN's journalistic integrity in airing a one-hour special highlighting James' announcement.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at the Lakers' summer league roster.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the salary cup numbers.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin talks to Kobe Bryant about the hourlong James special, why the Lakers need to get Fisher back, his decision to sit out this summer from the FIBA World Championships and what he thinks about the Lakers' acquisition of Steve Blake. McMenamin also provides details on the the Lakers' new D-League affiliate.
-- AOL FanHouse's Tom Ziller argues that Chris Bosh will have a relationship with Dwyane Wade on the Heat similar to the one that Pau Gasol has with Bryant on the Lakers.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius answers questions from readers.
-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues that Bryant's strong public support for Fisher serves as another example of his insatiable desire to win.-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes Raja Bell isn't interested in the Lakers.
-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares his thoughts with Lakers.com about the 2010 NBA championship.On the air: Lakers forward Lamar Odom and wife/reality TV star Khloe Kardashian will appear on Live with Regis and Kelly Friday at 9 a.m. on ABC7.
Tweet of the Day: "If this is Lebron's act BEFORE he wins a ring, think how insufferable he'll be after he gets 1. And he'll need 10 to justify this act." -- jimrome (radio host Jim Rome).
Reader Comment of the Day: "So the biggest question today -- Is the prize free agent whose presence will virtually guarantee a championship going to resign with the team that nurtured him and supported him all these years? I'm talking about Derek Fisher of course" -- Jay Jay
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: LeBron James must really like being in the spotlight if he's willing to take part in an hourlong television show to announce which team he'll be playing for next season. Credit: Phil Long / Associated Press