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Caught in the Web: Catching up on Lakers news

September 7, 2010 | 10:30 am

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.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down what's in store for Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Odom and Derek Fisher next season.

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.

--'s Chris Sheridan likes how Team USA looks in the FIBA World Championships.

--'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.

--'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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