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Caught in the Web: Lakers' Sunday links


--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams argues the Lakers have improved this off-season.

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom credits Mitch Kupchak's off-season acquisition.

--The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Carp details why Lamar Odom feels he has lots to prove with Team USA.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky shares his take on the negotiations between the Lakers and Derek Fisher.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak doesn't get enough credit for what he does.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that Lamar Odom has dropped his animosity toward Matt Barnes.'s John Schuhmann argues Lamar Odom had an under performing performance in Team USA's scrimmage.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore highlights the various mix tapes on Theo Ratliff.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff wonders if the Lakers' bench mob has returned.

--Tweet of the Day: "Odom played just 16 min. in USA game as those battling to make team took most minutes. LO had 6 reb, 3 ast, 2 pts, 1 stl & 1 blk" -- LakersReporter ('s Mike Trudell)

Reader Comment of the Day: "It hepls to look at backups and role players through the Earl Weaver lens. The old Oriole manager taught me a lot about how to look atva roster. Earl figured out years ago that a team only gets 2 or 3 well rounded guys (Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson = Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol). The rest of the guys are all flawed. Your job as manager, Earl understood, was to know what the other guys COULD do. What they were good at. And use them accordingly. Emphasize their strengths instead of focusing on their flaws. Fans can be blinded by flaws, they want every guy to be good at everything. Coaches have to see the usefulness of flawed players. " -- Tom Daniels

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom began play with USA Basketball Saturday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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"FYI, Deron Williams/CP3/KD/Carmelo Anthony/Yao are plays that are better than Bynum that you can trade for."

Yao? Aren't you being just a bit hypocritical there?

I'm not convinced that any of those players would improve the Lakers chances to three-peat this season. The Lakers are never going to get Durant and I'm not big on point guards, although admittedly the league is evolving into a point guard dominated league and, when Eleven Rings retires, the Lakers' needs may change. For now they don't need guys like D-Will or CP3 dominating the ball and if it ain't broke, why fix it?

The fact that you have listed only legitimate superstars in a potential trade for Andrew Bynum is an indication that you value Bynum more than you are letting on. I'm glad to know that.


You are incorrect on #4.

Mitch is confident that Shannon will sign, leaving only one contract to complete 13

But you are right to assume we would still need a big, so now were back to 14.

With Mitch's statement, that he plans to meet with both Ebanks and Caracter's agents, I'm pretty confident we get them both.

Is all this stuff from Caracter's camp a ploy to a guaranteed contract?


Guys - I've literally run out of Lamar Odom's photos from this season. I guess we've been writing a lot about him. I didn't want to keep using the same ones.


Good excuse Mark, why don't you use the one of Lamar eating Dwight Howard's crotch when he was getting dunked on?

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