Caught in the Web: Lakers training camp underway
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Pau Gasol's enjoyable summer, including his successful one-on-one matchup with his brother, Memphis center Marc Gasol.
--The Wall Street Journal's David Biderman rewatched the 2010 NBA Finals and assessed that Kobe Bryant would've had four technical fouls and Derek Fisher would've had two had the league enforced its new rule on T'ing up players for "overt" reactions to calls.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr put together a photo slide show highlighting Lamar Odom's one-year anniversary with Khloe Kardashian.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at how Bryant's work ethic rubs off on his teammates. Ding also mentions that Phil Jackson believes Andrew Bynum could return two weeks into the regular season.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how Bryant and Bynum are phasing into training camp.
--The Daily News' Jill Painter admires Ron Artest's effort to raise awareness on mental-health issues.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks more into the Pau's sibling rivalry with Marc.
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen expresses skepticism on whether a young referee will really have enough courage to eject Bryant for overt reactions to calls.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell goes in depth with the Gasols' one-on-one matchup.
Tweet of the Day:
"Somewhat related, a West Conf. scout last season told me that Lamar Odom is the "best 2.9 player in the league," always knowing when to exit" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)
Reader Comment of the Day:
"Thinking" the call was wrong will not be allowed anymore. If the Ref "determins and feels" the player doesn't agree with the call, even though there is no obvious discernable action from a player, a technical foul will be called. 'Thinking' giveaways could be facial expressions, body language, undue quietness of a player, a player looking away after the call, a player overheard counting to ten quietly to himself, a player found smiling, a player whispering to another while the other smiles, (in this case each will be assessed a technical), rolling of eyes within 2 minutes of a call, doing nothing after a mistaken call, yawning, etc...All are dead giveaways and a technical foul should be called. Refs will also be stationed in team huddles to listen for any deragatory statements about the refs and league officials. Appropiate fines and technical fouls will be awarded to anyone violating this rule. On the otherhand, flopping will still be permitted and should not be given technicals, except to the offending player who mentions to the ref why it was a flop." -- Fatty
-- Mark Medina
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