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Caught in the Web: Matt Barnes excited to be a Laker

July 28, 2010 | 10:30 am


-- The Times' Baxter Holmes focuses on the text message exchange between Matt Barnes and Kobe Bryant.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore credits Bryant's effort in helping the Lakers secure Barnes.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains why it's been a "life-long dream" for Barnes to become a Laker.

--'s John Hollinger argues the Lakers are one of the biggest off-season losers? Hmmm, not sure which Laker team he's talking about. I'd say they did fairly well keeping their main corps and picking up a few pieces along the way. The Lakers didn't do what Miami did because they already had that base in place (insider subscription required).

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the talking points from Barnes' press conference.

-- Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins looks at how Bryant becomes enamored with wanting antagonistic opponents to become his teammates.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin looks at how Lakers forward Lamar Odom plans to be a leader on Team USA. McMenamin also outlines why the Lakers pursued Barnes and how they stack up with Miami.

-- The New York Times' Pete Thamel calls Odom one of the "linchpins" of Team USA. Thamel also predicts who, along with Odom, will crack a roster spot.

It was only a matter of time before Ron Artest's rap single, "Champion," featured a remix. Artest joins, who else, T-Pain

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore isn't much of a fan of the food at Staples Center.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip gives some quick-hit thoughts on the Lakers' off-season.

--'s Mike Trudell has a sit-down one-on-one with Barnes in the video below.

Tweet(s) of the Day: "The #Cavs have talked to Shannon Brown, agent Mark Bartelstein says, but not serious. Doesn't seem like it is going to happen. Brown wants to play for the Lakers and the Lakers want him back. He'll likely eventually sign there, this is all about haggling over $. Sources said Lakers are trying to trade Sasha Vujacic wfirst round pick to get his salary off books. They tried to do it for Delonte West. If they move Vujacic, and there's a decent chance they will, Brown will likely be back in LA. #Cavs stuff sounds like just a flirtation." -- PDcavsinsider (Cleveland Plain Dealer's Cavaliers beat reporter Brian Windhorst).

Reader Comment of the Day: "Just today I read an article on new findings that drinking alcohol helps with arthritis (U.K. researchers). Perhaps Ron can give Kobe some pointers."  -- 63 Footer

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes speaks to the media during an introductory news conference in El Segundo on Tuesday. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press