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Caught in the Web: Collection of Laker links

August 24, 2010 |  8:00 am

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-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr put together a photo slideshow in honor of Kobe Bryant's 32nd birthday.

-- unanimously picks the Lakers as the best team in the Western Conference.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer ranks Ron Artest 15th at small forward.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky analyzes what Steve Blake might provide for the Lakers next season.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby has a photo that shows Lamar Odom and Chauncey Billups taking a stroll through Spain.

--'s Mike Trudell talks with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins about various Laker profiles he has written.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano gives some analysis on a few topics involving the Lakers.

-- AOL Fanhouse's Tim Povtak details how Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic and girlfriend/tennis star Maria Sharapova are training together.

-- NBA's Sebastian Pruiti breaks down one of Team USA's key plays, which partly involved a Lamar Odom screen.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore comes up with an imaginary conversation between Pau Gasol and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tweet of the Day: "3000 kids die a day from a mosquito. Join the fight to end malaria & celebrate LIFE! Buy a Bracelet Save a LIFE;" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: " I would get kobe a video tape that i personally recorded of "THE DECISION" so he can eat popcorn and laugh all day with his fam over princess james" -- LakerLass on what present fans should give Bryant for his 32nd birthday.

--Mark Medina

Photo: Plenty of Laker fans predicted Kobe Bryant spent his 32nd birthday Monday with his family, including his daughter, Gianna. Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times