Caught in the Web: Catching up on Lakers news
Below are a collection of Lakers-related articles within the last week while I was on vacation.
-- The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Lakers forward Lamar Odom has emerged as a leader for Team USA.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding predicts Byron Scott will coach the Lakers someday.
Filling in for Jim Rome, Fisher asks Bryant some rather pointed questions.
-- Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix likes Team USA's teamwork in its victory over Angola.
-- Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus pins Bynum as a Western Conference player who needs to step up more next season.
-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen wonders whether the experience Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook gain from the FIBA World Championships will ultimately help push the Thunder past the Lakers.
-- ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan likes how Team USA looks in the FIBA World Championships.
-- NBA.com's John Schumann argues that it would have been better for Team USA's development later on had it faced a stronger test than Angola.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark predicts the Lakers will still run the triangle offense when Phil Jackson leaves after next season.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down Fisher's clutch-ness.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell gets the latest on Luke Walton's health.
-- Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goofs on a "Jeopardy" question in the video below.
Tweet of the Day: "Who wants to come chill wit me in pitt, im tired of being around all dudes lol" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)
Reader Comment of the Day:" I still consider myself a Bynum-Booster and will continue to be until Drew gets the respect he deserves. If MM were take a poll, I would guess that 80% of the voters would classify themselves as Bynum Backers, 15% as Bynum-Boosters, and 5% as Bynum-Bashers. That would be an interesting poll. ~ That doesn’t mean that I don’t also worry about the injury problem. Big men are for sure more injury prone than smaller players. The nature of his injuries so far seem to be freakish but a big part of being injury prone is plain luck. I think Drew has done a great job overcoming the mental aspect of the injuries. Frankly, I will be holding my breath on every play and praying Drew will stay healthy. Most players take at least a full year to recover their athleticism after a major knee injury. If he can avoid injuries, I think we will see his beastly hops and dominant athleticism return. " -- LakerTom
-- Mark Medina
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