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

September 25, 2010 |  9:00 am


--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.'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.'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

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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