Caught in the Web: Looking at how LeBron James' announcement affects the Lakers
--The Times' Bill Plaschke takes LeBron James to task for having a one-hour special announcement.
--The Times' Lisa Dillman highlights the reactions regarding James' decision to go to Miami.
--The Times' Mark Heisler shares his amusement over the whole spectacle.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report that Vegas oddsmakers believe the Heat are the favorite to win the NBA title over the Lakers. Nonetheless, Bresnahan and Turner talk to a few Lakers who still believe they're the favorites to win.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr lists several reasons why the Lakers will beat the Heat in the NBA Finals.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that James' decision to join the Heat will help Kobe Bryant's MVP chances next season.
--The Miami Herald's Israel Gutierrez calls the Heat "instant contenders."
--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde believes that Miami will win several championships with James.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky shares five thoughts on James heading to Miami and how it will affect the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that the super team has a long way to go before defeating the defending champs.
--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen believes that it's too early to proclaim the Heat the NBA title favorites.
--Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg believes James' decision to go to Miami illustrates, among other things, that he lacks the "bull-headed determination of Kobe Bryant."
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford reports that Derek Fisher's negotiations with the Lakers remain "ongoing."
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker ranks the teams that could give the Lakers the most trouble next season.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark jokingly blames the Lakers for what Miami did.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks about what Steve Blake will bring to the Lakers.
Tweet of the Day: "What team did lebron go to?" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Reader Comment of the Day: "for Kobe & Co., the mission for the Lakers is to stealthily get through the regular season healthy. The "Decision" on Thursday should only help serve the motivation for a 3-peat. The Lakers have forged their weapons over the past few seasons to steel them to greater success and greater heights. Let all the attention focus on Miami. The rings and the trophies still belong in Los Angeles." -- Rick Friedman
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: During an interview on ESPN, NBA free agent LeBron James announced Thursday that he has decided to play for the Miami Heat. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Estabrook Group