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Caught in the Web: Eight days before Lakers' training camp

September 17, 2010 | 11:15 am

54399175-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding shares a column he wrote in December, when Ron Artest wasn't exactly embraced as he is now.

-- Michael Beasley tells's Jonah Ballow that the Lakers are the team to beat this season.

-- has an option to vote for the Lakers' best five players.

-- Among other things,'s Scott Howard-Cooper highlights Artest's belief that he and Celtics Coach Doc Rivers should unite as a comedy act.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky dissects what the Q Score exactly means for Kobe Bryant's popularity.

-- Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum explains how Lamar Odom has thrived in fulfilling a secondary role for both the Lakers and Team USA.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski asks readers to share their favorite Phil Jackson quotes.

-- LakersNation's Trevor Wong ranks the team's top five point guards of all time.

-- Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson profiles Artest.

Tweet of the Day: "I need to find a freakin place asap. i been living out of hotels since May l0" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day:"The problem with Dallas isn't size or depth or even talent. They just don't know how to get it done at the elite level of the finals. They've been around 30 years and haven't won a championship yet. And, they're not overdue." -- dave m

--Mark Medina

Photo: Kobe Bryant and the Lakers begin training camp Sept. 25. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times