Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for exhibition game against Sacramento Kings
--The Times' Broderick Turner details Kobe Bryant's first practice on Tuesday since the Lakers returned from overseas. Coach Phil Jackson plans to play Bryant in an eight-minute segment in each half.
--The Times' Tony Pierce highlights in the Top of the Ticket blog President Obama's references to the Lakers and Heat during his visit at Alonzo Mourning's house.
--The Las Vegas Review Journal's Steve Carp reports on a funny anecdote shared by Jackson involving his favorite Bryant memory in Las Vegas: "We were in Vegas and Kobe was at a very young age and he smoked four cigars that night," Jackson said. "So I played him 48 minutes in an exhibition game the next day. He got a kick out of it and laughed. I said, 'I want to see how good your conditioning is.'"
--Lakers center Andrew Bynum shows off his custom wheels.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how the contract dispute between Dish Network and Fox networks could affect Lakers telecasts.
--Fox Sports' Zac Jackson ranks the Lakers No. 1.
--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones lists three things to watch during tonight's Lakers-Kings exhibition game in Las Vegas.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky catches up with Lakers forward Devin Ebanks.
--The Lakers Nation puts together a "Kobe Championship Series 2" trailer in the video below.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen reports on Phil Jackson's emphasis on defense during the preseason.
--The Orlando Sentinel's Zach McCann highlights Marcin Gortat's claim that the Orlando Magic's front line can be better than the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how Bryant's uncertain timetable could affect the rest of the Lakers' lineup.
--AOL Fanhouse's Brett Pollakoff discusses the referees' belief that Bryant will still get plenty of free throws.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford has more notes on Bryant's practice, Matt Barnes' role and Ron Artest's charitable efforts.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell takes a closer look at Bryant's progress and catches up with Shannon Brown.
--Detroit Bad Boys' Kevin Sawyer says Bryant is overrated.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore breaks down Bryant's game.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano likes that the Lakers are flying under the radar.
Tweet of the Day: "Wow what a night wit my teammates.... and did i really meet bill clinton last night? it doesnt seem real. lol practice at 10. rise nd grind" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)
Reader Comment of the Day: "PJ is not an ordinary coach to say the least. This offense is the product of an intellectual and he demands that athletes (sometimes the antithesis of intellectual) to implement it. But this is also what gives the Lakers their biggest advantage. Assuming you have the pieces (!) it can give fits to the defense for this precise reason. Defenses, in general, always give you something - the smart and thinking player will understand where these vulnerabilities lie and exploit them. "Take what the defense gives you" sounds simple enough, especially when thinking one on one. When you expand this concept to the aggregate, it takes true teamwork. This is why Barnes hasn't thought this much before. Not to fear, once he learns, he'll have it.... but we all know, that can take a while. If he works HARD at it, he'll get it. If he worries about other stuff, he won't." -- Tim-4-Show
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant sits in the stands during a practice session in Barcelona on Oct. 6. Credit: Albert Gea / Reuters