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Caught in the Web: Lakers' training camp starts in five days

September 20, 2010 | 10:30 am


We're going to have a live chat today at 4:00 p.m.

--The Times' Mark Heisler explains how the Miami Heat has reshaped the NBA.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott introduces you to Russell Hicks, who will be trying out at the Lakers' training camp.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders which Laker would be a good candidate on "Dancing with the Stars."

--Fox Sports Southwest's Mike Fisher argues that the Lakers made the second-most significant off-season moves among Western Conference teams.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down a few Lakers-related topics on their latest podcast, including teams that could threaten the Lakers, Kobe Bryant's Q rating and the possibility that Andrew Bynum could play limited minutes.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller details why LeBron James is nowhere near Bryant's level.

--Sports Illustrated has a pretty extensive photo gallery of the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

--AOL Fanhouse's Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller take Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to task for proclaiming his team has more depth than the Lakers.'s Mike Trudell asks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks numerous on-and-off-court questions. I'm particularly intrigued with the 2Pac/Biggie debate involving who's the better rapper. It's a topic I'll surely follow up on once training camp starts. lists Derek Fisher's Game 3 performance against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals as the second-best moment of the postseason.

--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports that when Bryant boasted in his post-Finals news conference that he has more rings than Shaq, Celtics principal owner Wyc Grousbeck immediately thought of acquiring him.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski explains why he misses Byron Scott.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore lists the greatest Lakers of all time from numbers 24-29. Hmm, something tells me Kobe is somewhere in that article.

--The Lakers Nation's Kam Pashai argues Lamar Odom elevated his stature with his effort in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

--Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson evaluates the San Antonio Spurs, and whether the Lakers should be concerned about them.

--Laker Nation's Trevor Wong rates the Lakers' top five shooting guards of all time.

Tweet of the Day: "Did a gurl jus really yell I LOVE YOU EBANKS to me in front of Subway lol LA is crazy" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I do get tired of the 'fair-weather' fans at games, though; they're the ones texting all the time during the game. Seriously... DURING the game?! They're also the ones who turn and stare at me when I start cussing out players, refs and coaches (not real vulgar, just enthusiastic and creative). On the other hand, I once got a 'thumbs up' from Jack when I laid into Larry Bird during a regular season game. I felt I had 'arrived.' " -- 63Footer

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers fans have enjoyed images of the championship run. But they're ready for another season to start. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times