Caught in the Web: Reaction to Matt Barnes' signing
--The Times' Broderick Turner and Mike Bresnahan report that Matt Barnes accepted a two-year deal with a player option his second year with the Lakers for, at most, $1.77 million next season. Turner and Bresnahan also report the Lakers agreed with Theo Ratliff to a one-year, $1.35 million contract.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski first broke the story on Barnes' agreement with the Lakers.--NBA.com's David Aldridge analyzes what the Lakers' moves will do to the team. ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky raises some concerns on what Barnes would bring to the Lakers.
--The Baltimore Sun's Don Markus delves into Steve Blake's history as a player and reports that Kobe Bryant texted Blake welcoming him to the team.--NBA.com's John Schuhmann predicts Lakers forward Lamar Odom will play at center for Team USA
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford points out the Lakers' acquisitions make them older and more experienced.--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen explains how the Lakers still dominate the league.
--AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson highlights Odom's contention that he's in "horrible shape" during Team USA's training camp. Before Laker fans get angry at L.O., Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski thinks Odom looks fine.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with ESPN's Doris Burke about various Lakers topics.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Lakers' bench is already better than last season's.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip gives some quick-hit thoughts on the off-season.
Tweet of the Day: "Its official I AM A LOS ANGLES LAKER. I wanna thank u for all ur patients and understanding. This is a dream come true!!! Good lookn Kobe" -- matt_barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)
Reader Comment of the Day: "I thought of reminding new Lakers that coming to the Southland is not just to get rings. It comes with it hard work, responsibility and contributions to the team. Artest paid his dues and earned something from his persistence. Gasol became a changed man when he became a Laker. That is what we expect from Blake, Barnes and Ratliff. They may be veterans, old in the business, used to do the same old things all over again, well they should change that paradigm as role players. When they are called to play they should contribute in so many ways may it be rebounds, defense, free throws. Their Laker tenure is not just a passing time to get to the next contract but perhaps a place where they would finish their career. A career that they can be proud of to tell their children and grandchildren that "I was formerly a Laker with so and so and this is how we played the game etc.etc. Every time I dribble at Staples, I'm having goose bumps as though I'm being watched by the golden voice, Chick Hearn chuckling at hot dog plays or the late Mikan & Wilt nodding their heads and Jerry West telling me how to execute a jump shot. The legends are still alive in the rafters, all present cheering for me." -- Edwin Gueco
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Photo: In this television screen capture from a regular season game between the Lakers and Orlando Magic, Matt Barnes pretends to throw an inbounds pass at Kobe Bryant’s face. Credit: ABC/ESPN.