Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Denver
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights what's gotten the Lakers worried about the NBA's new technical foul rule meant to minimize demonstrative acts after calls.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains what Steve Blake admires about Derek Fisher.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk about Bryant's knee, the Miami Heat, Shannon Brown and Kwame Brown.
--NBA.com's Art Garcia argues that Carmelo Anthony's uncertainty with Denver clouds its future.
--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman reports Anthony still wants to be traded. Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears also reports that Anthony would like to be traded either to the New York Knicks or Chicago Bulls.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen provides detailed notes on the NBA technical foul rule, Sasha Vujacic's injury status and Andrew Bynum's progress.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton focuses on how the Lakers pace themselves during training camp.
--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen sizes up the Pacific Division.
---The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions Bryant could play as many as 24 minutes tonight against Denver.
--ESPN researcher Alok Pattani looks at Bryant's matchup with LeBron James via isolation plays and concludes Bryant's beaten him out. Of course, this is a small sample size and isolation plays aren't the same as a direct one-on-one competition. But it's a compelling nugget that will surely rest well with Laker fans.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders how much Blake's presence will help Shannon Brown.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides quick-hit thoughts on various Laker topics.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a full practice report.
--Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson gives his take on Bryant's injury.
Tweet of the Day: "Training camp Laker Drew Naymick described his strategy for defending Pau Gasol, which he's doing now at practice: 'Foul him.' -- Lakers Reporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)
Reader Comment of the Day: "No taking away Gasol's talents and what he brings to the team, but I'm with PJ on this. Because the game comes so easily to him, Gasol often strikes me as passive and just doing his thing. With Bynum and Kobe not able to contribute what the team needs, here's Pau's chance to bring it all every time. Pau could be a 25 and 15 player every night if he'd just recognize what the team needs. He's got it in him. I'm glad to see PJ raising the bar. Everyone on the team needs to answer the call." -- Rick Friedman
-- Mark Medina
Photo: Carmelo Anthony, who was almost traded by the Denver Nuggets this off-season, will be a free agent in 2011. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times