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Caught in the Web: Lakers miss out on Raja Bell

July 15, 2010 |  9:55 am

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan details why the Lakers' courtship of Raja Bell fell short. Bresnahan also outlines the role Steve Blake plans to play for the team.

-- The Times' Laura Myers highlights the ESPY awards, including the ones won by Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains what makes Blake tick.

-- Fox Sports lists the Lakers as the league's best team heading into next season.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky wasn't surprised that Bell kept Bryant waiting at an Orange County restaurant.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains how the Lakers have wanted Blake for some time.

-- Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson lists the Lakers as one of the top five teams that have made improvements this off-season.

-- The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler mentions how Bell's previous experience with Utah played a factor in the decision.

-- ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports Bell canceled his meeting with Bryant. Something tells me that's only going to fuel their animosity even more.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on how Blake's embracing doing whatever it takes to help the Lakers.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a one-on-one interview with Blake in the video below.

-- Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears report the Lakers are near to reaching a deal with Shannon Brown.

-- SportsbyBrooks wonders why Ron Artest posted a strip club video on his Twitter account. Because he's Ron Artest, perhaps?

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore believes Brown will return.

Tweet of the Day: "Lakers fans keep asking about T-Mac... did any of them watch him play last year? The Knicks decided not to keep him. That tells you plenty." -- basketballtalk (Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin)

Reader Comment of the Day:"Best thing about the ESPYS last night... Lebron and the Heat was the butt of the jokes...The spoof on The Decision was classic... From the boos from the crowd when Lebron was mention, safe to say his brand is pretty tarnished" -- LEWSTRS

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Guard Raja Bell battles forward Lamar Odom for position during a Suns-Lakers playoff series game. Credit: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images.


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