Caught in the Web: Things remain quiet on the Lakers' front
--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom believes Michael Jordan's contention that he wouldn't have asked Magic Johnson and Larry Bird to team up together shows Jordan is just piling on LeBron James.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky asks readers a series of poll questions about the Lakers.
--NBA.com lists Derrick Caracter as the third best rookie in Summer League.
--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen blames the Lakers' personnel for the team's struggle in defending the screen-and-roll.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears thought Devin Ebanksand Caracter showed promise during summer league.--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore gives his two cents about the Laker girl auditions.
Tweet of the Day:"It's Lobster in Santa Monica RT @charlie_323: @RealLamarOdom yo' Lamar what's the name of your favorite Restaurant? I have it on the tip of my tongue but can't remember! Plz let me know!" -- RealLamarOdom(Lakers forward Lamar Odom)
Reader Comment of the Day:"What I'm happy about with the offseason: 1. We signed Steve Blake 2. We drafted way better than I expected 3. Farmar's gone (Yeah, I said it. He was my least favorite Laker BY FAR) 4. Fish is back and for more than a year. 5. Our starters are getting rest this offseason 6. Phil Jackson is back and his return is crucial. What I'm NOT happy about this offseason: 1. Blake alone is not enough to shore up our bench. We need at least one more player. Farmar was a bigger problem than people let on. Blake removes that problem and adds to the team, but we need a stronger bench to provide our older starters more rest over the season. 2. The Heat's starting lineup is sick; even as I expect them to implode. 3. It doesn't seem like there is as much talent out there remaining as I thought. It seems like after "The Betrayal" everyone of significance signed really quickly. I thought it would take longer to work out." -- Jon K
-- Mark Medina
Photo: Kobe Bryant waves to fans lining Figueroa Street during the Lakers' victory parade in June. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.