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