Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy a day off
--The Times' Broderick Turner writes about the Lakers' belief that they'll be ready for the regular season, how Lamar Odom appears to be the only player in basketball shape and how Derrick Caracter will have added responsibility because Andrew Bynum remains out of the lineup.
--The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan highlights Doc Rivers' revelation that he's had trouble all summer thinking about the Lakers' Game 7 victory in the 2010 NBA Finals.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explores the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson.
--Fox Sports West's Matt Smith agrees with the preseason survey of NBA general managers that says the Lakers will win the title.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains what Derek Fisher's role might entail this season.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore predicts in SB Nation that no Laker will win an individual award this season, but that it shouldn't matter.
Tweet of the Day:" Did yal know I swam from Spain to LA. I met a shark. She was fine. I was doing the dougie with jaws" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Ron Ron has surpassed any expectations I had of him. The commitment that he's showing to swearing off alcohol and getting in shape is phenomenal. His work with kids needing mental health showed us his true side. He realizes that he could be an example to kids, and is doing just that. It was Charles Barkley that said that athletes should not be looked at as role models. Well, Ron Ron has shown that an athlete can get into trouble, climb above, clean up his life and be a good role model for kids." -- CyberCosmiX
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: The Lakers' Lamar Odom shoots against Minnesota during their Oct. 4 game in London. Credit: Ian Kington / AFP/Getty Images