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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Phil Jackson's preseason news conference

September 25, 2010 |  9:00 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes the strong likelihood that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss the season opener.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at what the Lakers did on their summer vacation.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains the complications involving Kobe Bryant's right index finger. Ding also lists 10 Lakers' pre-season questions.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper highlights Phil Jackson's uncertainty that this is actually his last season.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin explains why Jackson's been reflecting on Scottie Pippen.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky point out the nuggets from Jackson's news conference. They also asked a few writers, including myself, whether the Lakers will three-peat.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on Jackson's willingness to defend Bynum for delaying surgery.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus breaks down Jackson's presser.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes Jackson appeared relaxed Friday during his news conference. Teaford also highlights the possibility that Bynum would play limited minutes once he's cleared to play.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights Jackson's presser.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker reminds everyone that Jackson had thought he's entered what he thought would be his last season plenty of times.

--NBA2K11 has taken a neutral stance in assessing the league's best player, assigning Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade each with a 97 rating.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore assesses Devin Ebanks.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski wonders who will replace Jackson.

Tweet of the Day: "On Drew - surgery was delayed 10 days from Lakers/Bynum's original plan - they wanted him to decompress first. Remember - Kobe took the same vacation - a month off and a visit to the World Cup - Drew's knee just proved worse once he went under" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Is there any wonder why PJ is such a great leader. When he feels his players need a little love he shows it. When he thinks they need criticizing he'll do it. And he always finds a clever way to zing the competition" -- LRob

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com.

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson sported a big smile as well as a close-cropped beard during his initial news conference to start training camp on Friday. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press


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