Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for the regular season
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains what the Lakers' coaching staff want out of Pau Gasol.
--The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers will win the West, but predicts it won't be easy.
--Check out Ron Artest's new freestyle.
--ESPN's NBA writers size up the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk in their latest podcast about the Lakers' preseason, why they will three-peat and if this team will be the franchise's best ever.
--Slam Online's Ryne Nelson reacts to Kobe Bryant's contention that Portland's Brandon Roy is the toughest defender he's had to face.
--Fox Sports' Charley Rosen predicts the Lakers will win the 2011 NBA championship.
--Slam Online's Jason Rowley argues Bryant is the league's best player, even if the publication ranks him at No. 2 behind LeBron James.
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen addresses several NBA preseason questions.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues it's not a bad idea if the NBA contracts, but faults NBA commissioner David Stern for allowing the league to be in this position.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das breaks down the Lakers' schedule.
--Lakers Nation's Emily Wilson argues the NBA's rule on cracking down on demonstrative acts towards calls is misguided.
Tweet of the Day: "Congrats to Celine Dion. Everybody tweet her. She gave birth to twins. Celine and Whitney ; my two favorites" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Right now, he's rusty, but he's getting where he wants to go. You better practice patience, because he has to too (which doesn't mean he's not pulling it all right now, accordingly to the rhythm of forces and strengths he has now at his disposal). Champions are like fine cars, or extremely precise machines... until everything is at its right place, they don't seem that special. But they're not made and customed as the rest, and when they are in roll, they simply belong to another category. Be patient: your patience will be rewarded and right now we don't need "Kobe". He knows. That's why he's not worried about any of his struggles, and PJ follows him there. I trust him more than myself." -- ZairaAmaterasu
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Photo: Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic passes the ball to teammate Steve Blake as he hits the court during a scamble in the first half of Friday night's game against Golden State. Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press