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Caught in the Web: Reactions from Lakers' media day


---The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum doesn't expect to play in a regular-season game until late November.

--The Times' Mark Heisler pokes fun at all the fuss over the Lakers during September.

--The Times' T.J. Simers argues tongue-in-cheek that Bynum's simply following Phil Jackson's lead with taking his time coming back onto the court.'s J.A. Adande notices that Bryant's hunger level is at an all-time high.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details Bynum's road to recovery.'s Scott Howard-Cooper describes the subdued vibe at Lakers media day, noting that all the buzz is taking place in South Beach.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky archived their media day show featuring interviews with plenty of Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Jonathan Khamis asks some hard-hitting questions at media day.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin writes on Kobe Bryant's decision to do away with the splint on his right index finger.

--The Providence Journal's Kevin McNamara details how the Celtics are still thinking about their Game 7 loss to the Lakers.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton notices the Lakers' confident aura during media day.

--The Detroit Free Press' Shannon Shelton details former MSU player Drew Naymick, who joined the Lakers' training camp roster.

--Sports Illustrated lists Bryant as one of the league's whiniest players.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports Bryant's advising friend Carmelo Anthony to carefully weigh his decision before deciding which team he'll play for this season. Spears also reports that Bryant is unsure how much he'll play during the preseason.'s Marc Stein ranks the Lakers No. 1 in his pre-season power rankings.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford and Frank Burlison break down Lakers training camp. Teaford also focuses on Bynum's rehabilitation process.'s Mike Trudell has one-on-one interviews with all the Lakers. Check out's photo gallery of media day (bonus points goes to who can correctly identify the person in red holding a camera).

Tweet of the Day: "Derek Fisher: “Who’s the favorite? Well, we’re the champs so we view ourselves as the favorite." -- SHowardCooper ('s Scott Howard Cooper)

Reader Comment of the Day:"To those who have mentioned the fact that Drew played injured during the playoffs, and was a difference maker in the outcome. I could not agree with you more, and I give him his due admiration. I'm happy to see that level of dedication from young Drew. However, it's something I expect from every professional athlete. Especially one making seroius dough. He does not subsequently get a pass to exhibit a "me first" mentality. He should have built on that reputation and continued to demonstrate that he was willing to make certain sacrifices for the benefit of the team. (My opinion) Ultimately, Andrew should be compared to his peers. Kobe, Fisher, Ratliff, Artest, Gasol and even Odom, have done what they have felt they needed to do to be ready at the beginning of the season. They have all taken different approaches, but the end result is that they are ready." -- Laker J

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Credit: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is swarmed by reporters as teammate Sasha Vujacic poses for pictures (background) during media day on Saturday at the Toyota Sports Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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Rather focusing comments on Kobe, I'd like to give props to one of the best reporters in the business that's Jim Hill.

He has been in all stations here in the Southland, always prepared with his job. Look at his attire on the first media day, he is well dressed as though he is attending a gala concert. How fortunate we are in LA to have these professionals like Vic Jacobs and Jim Hill? They are the remaining remnants of the best of Los Angeles media.

Edwin - You are correct. Jim Hill is a great sports caster and always dresses professionally. He has the utmost respect from me and everyone else in the field


Jim 'Keep the Faith' Hill...

He was on the air when I left LA...nice to see him on TV still, whenever I'm back in town...

I think he was the first to do a sports show on Sunday nights, after the regular news...I can't recall the title...but I always tried to make time to watch it...

I always thought he was a class act, and the athletes seem to respect him...

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Let's see what happens. If Bynum can stay healthy for one season and earn his 13 million in the playoffs, all will be forgotten. He gets injured again this season and misses the playoffs, or plays hurt and is ineffective, I would say it's time to move on.

Edwin - Regarding Jim Hill's dress?

If he looks professional, then what does that say about ' Vic the Brick'?

And Mark, we all have got accustomed to Vic. But what do others from 'out of town' think?

Can you imagine Vic doing a press conference with the President, dressed the way he does.?

President Obama: "Yes, the man with the hat, 'Vic the Brick' your question?"

Vic: "Yes sir Mr. President. Two questions. Can you elaborate more on our opening up closer relations with the Cubans. And my follow up, does this mean we will finllay be able to get Cuban cigars legally?"

Good morning family!

Question: What is Sasha doing in the background of that picture?

MM -

Just to let you know (as if you aren't doing enough already) is that there is a spam comment at 11:51 am.

Thanks for all the news within the last few days. I appreciate it.

cali - he's doing Kobe's airplane....

cali - he's doing Kobe's airplane.... Posted by: justanothermambafan | September 26, 2010 at 12:44 PM
You are Funny Damnit!!

Fatty, you know what Vic The Brick will advise to Pres. Obama. Mr. President, you need a bamboo in the WH to energize that dormant power.

With regards to his costume, that is his imprint in any Laker game. You won't miss VdB all the way there in Gen Adm. Sometimes wearing Lakers poncho being escorted fans and admirers. Vic is also one the most intelligent reporters in the business, a product of Cornell University.

Truly great little cameo by Sasha in the back there.

Oh, I gotta disagree about Jim Hill. I at first liked him but I overcame that when he sided with Georgia against Steve Rosenbloom regarding the Rams. She then took my favorite team to St. Louis and we have been jerked around by NFL in getting team. Another subject.
Then he was arrogant with James Worthy when they did the earlier version of the KCAL 9 broadcasts. Yes they have worked out their differences but at the time I would see the pained look on Worthy's face when Jim Hill would give wrong commentary on news.
He is well dressed but clothes don't make a man. He can be better and hope he does improve.



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