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Caught in the Web: Lakers nearing season opener

October 25, 2010 | 10:30 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Kobe Bryant's progress on his rehabilitation efforts surrounding his surgically repaired right knee.

--The Times' Mark Heisler predicts the Lakers will win the West.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains why the Lakers' coaching staff wants more out of Pau Gasol.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the Lakers' upcoming week.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen looks at the upgrades the Lakers made to its roster. Lassen also looks at Andrew Bynum's rehab efforts.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on the Lakers' readiness for the 2010-2011 season.

--ESPN.com's Marc Stein ranks the Lakers No. 1 in the NBA. NBA.com writers predict the Lakers will win the 2011 NBA championship.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford recounts a productive conversation Lakers Coach Phil Jackson had with Lakers rookie forward Devin Ebanks. Teaford also focuses on the possibility Bynum could return by Thanksgiving.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the team's practice on Sunday.

--The Naples Daily News' Woody Wommack highlights Magic Johnson's contention that NBA contraction might make the league better.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman shares his NBA predictions.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore dissects six Laker-centric stats.

--NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti breaks down the Lakers' triangle offense.

--Laker Nation's Tyronne Washington argues Bynum needs to grow up.

--Forget taking classes and listening to audio tapes. Learn to habla y escriba en Espanol by checking out this Lakers blog in Spanish.

Tweet of the Day:

"Then i turn to the money and said.......... "i wanna get next to yooooooouuuuuuuuuuu" lol" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "So we are on the threshold of another Laker season. The suspense, the drama, the tacos - I can't wait for all of it! I'm more excited about this team than I have been about any other - except maybe for when we were vying for the elusive Quat-row (but we're not gonna talk about that here - bad juju). Regardless, it's gonna be a helluva ride, but I only want chills and thrills - no spills - if you know what I mean. Health is gonna be the major deciding factor this year. We need to be healthy - and stay sharp." -- justanothermambafan

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to play about 30 minutes Tuesday in the team's season opener against Houston. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


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