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Caught in the Web: Lakers say they're ready for Houston Rockets

October 26, 2010 | 10:49 am

57042983--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson remains confident about the team entering the 2010-2011 season.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how this season could enhance the legacies of Jackson and Kobe Bryant.

--The Times' Mark Heisler details the pain and frustration the Celtics have gone through this summer after losing the 2010 NBA Finals to the Lakers.

--The Times' Fabulous Forum blog presents a range of viewpoints on which NBA team will pull off the biggest surprise this season.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick highlights how Ron Artest will draw motivation from raffling off his championship ring.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck picks the Lakers to win the West, but he also has his eye on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding offers five keys to the Lakers securing a three-peat. Ding also looks at Kobe Bryant's longevity with the Lakers.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer sizes up the Houston Rockets.

--An anonymous NBA players shares with ESPN.com that Kevin Durant will win the league MVP, but the Lakers will three-eat (insider subscription required).

--USA Today's J. Michael Falgoust sizes up the Lakers' readiness to three-peat.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen details the Rockets' mindset heading into their matchup with the Lakers. Feigen also highlights Houston's belief that Bryant will have a good game.

--Fox Sports examines the top storylines heading into the NBA season.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin wonders when Bryant will get healthy.

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper doesn't see many Western Conference teams that could legitimately challenge the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky details how Bryant has evolved as a player.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe considers the Lakers as favorites to win the title.

--ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan recounts when Paul Pierce didn't take kindly to a fan who asked him to autograph a Laker flag.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues that the Lakers can absorb Andrew Bynum's absence to start the season.

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum believes the Miami Heat serves as a perfect foil for the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why the Lakers have challenged forward Pau Gasol to be more of a team leader.

--Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick talks to Bryant about a litany of topics, including the season, his injuries and whether he'd try to convince Coach Jackson to propose to Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton examines the contrast in attention cast on the Miami Heat and the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explains how the Lakers are handling the pressure to three-peat.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford recounts the Lakers' magnificent performance in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals. Teaford also looks at the Lakers' injured-filled roster.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell previews ring night.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker talks to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who recounts some of his championship memories.

--Foxsports.com's Billy Witz explains how the attention the Miami Heat has given the Lakers less pressure.

--Forum Blue and Gold addresses a few Lakers topics to open up the season.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore analyzes the Lakers-Rockets matchup.

--Laker Nation's Ramneet Singh reviews the off-season. Lakers Nation also interviewed a panel of writers, including myself, on the Lakers' upcoming season.

--The Dream Shake's ak2themax breaks down the Lakers-Rockets matchup.

Tweet of the Day: "mmmmmmmm can u smell that? its smells GOOD..... DO U KNO WHAT THAT SMELL IS????? THATS THE SMELL OF THEN BBALL SEASON STARTING!!!" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The main threats are all in the east...Boston, Orlando and Miami. What did I like best about preseason? That its over. Who do I dislike more Miami or Boston? Boston in a landslide. They're the team that has tormented Laker Jerry West & Elgin Baylor, their teammates and Laker fans in the 60's. So I would like nothing better than to exact the same misery on Doc, PP, Ray Ray, KG, Shaq and the rest of their team, their fans and everyone associated with the Celtics." -- LRob

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to play in the 30-minute range in tonight's season opener against the Houston Rockets. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times


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