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Caught in the Web: Kobe Bryant has top selling jersey in Europe

October 1, 2010 | 10:30 am

56463885A housekeeping note: We will have a live chat Friday at 3:30 p.m. Figured this would help with ending your workday early on a Friday and getting into the weekend.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details how much Phil Jackson plans to play Kobe Bryant in the European exhibition games.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at the progress Lamar Odom has made in his stardom and his game.

--Fox Sports ranks Ron Artest as the NBA's 10th best small forward.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin gives his take on what it means for Bryant to have the top-selling jersey in Europe.

--Apparently, Magic Johnson loves R2-D2.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky catches up with Lakers guard Shannon Brown. already has videos documenting the team's travels to London.

--In addition to highlighting how much Bryant will play, the Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Jackson is not exactly thrilled about the European trip.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore writes for SB Nation about the Andrew Bynum situation.

-Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski does some number-crunching.

Tweet of the Day: "Practice was great. Gettin ready to head to Europe. London here we come! Is everyone ready for the season?" -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day: "so many times 'fans' are quick to denigrade his performance citing lack of effort. Drives me crazy. He is one of the most underrated players in the league. It was really good to see him play so well for Team USA and hear all the wonderful comments directed toward him and his game. It's funny -- I feel vindicated somehow for sticking up for him all the time LOL! Like I had anything to do with it.... :)" -- justanothermambafan

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant catches his breath during Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times