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Caught in the Web: Lakers' owner Jerry Buss says he may have his best team next season

August 18, 2010 |  8:00 am


-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Jerry Buss' contention that the 2010-11 team will be his best team ever.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Buss' belief that the Lakers don't have just  one rival.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin predicts Lakers forward Ron Artest won't miss a beat next season.

--'s Scott Howard-Cooper exempts Kobe Bryant from criticism for skipping the 2010 FIBA World Championship because of his injuries, but he argues that most of the 2008 Olympic team should have played.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights certain comments from Buss' press conference.

-- Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum overheard a Hall of Fame official saying they had trouble getting Buss and Michael Jordan away from the card tables.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Buss' argument that the Lakers have not been influenced this offseason by the Miami Heat.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at Buss' belief that his money has been well spent this offseason.

-- has video of Buss' press conference in two installments

-- also has a photo gallery of the Laker Girls.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark has a player report card on Bryant.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano answers questions from readers.

Tweet of the Day: "Buss on continuing to spend $$: 'At least it has softened my attitude towards women in the mall because I can’t turn down things either.' " -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: "And with four sentences, Dr. Jerry Buss resurrects Shaq's chances of having a jersey hung among the Laker greats: 'You can’t help but love Shaq. He’s a very funny man. Sometimes he gets a little carried away in his analysis of former employers. Outside of that, he’s quite a guy and we look forward to it.' That looks like forgiveness to me." -- wes

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers owner Jerry Buss told reporters Tuesday the 2010-11 team may be hist best squad yet. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times