Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 105-102 overtime victory over Golden State Warriors
-- The Times' Broderick Turner looks at comments by Lakers Coach Phil Jackson to assistant Brian Shaw that he remains unsatisfied with the team's defense.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding breaks down the Lakers' roster.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders whether the the 2010-2011 Lakers' team could be the franchise's best team ever. He also has some highlights and low points the Lakers' 105-102 overtime win over Golden State.
-- The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen focuses on Derek Fisher's response to David Stern's contention that players will have to take a pay cut and the league may eliminate franchises.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi ranks the Lakers' top 10 teams of all time.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin mentions that Fisher, president of the players' association, plans to keep to a minimum any public comments regarding the collective bargaining agreement.
-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen argues the Houston Rockets could give the Lakers fits.
-- CNBC.com's Darren Rovell determines that the Lakers-Heat Christmas Day match-up will be the most expensive ticket this season.
-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford ruminates on Fisher's response to Stern's comments.
-- Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen talks to a scout about the Lakers. Among the scout's interesting points: The Heat will motivate Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol is the league's best power forward, no team can compete with a front line that has Gasol and Andrew Bynum, Jackson doesn't give enough credit to Lamar Odom, the chemistry between Ron Artest and Matt Barnes might create issues, and the team's X factor will include Luke Walton's health.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell recaps the Lakers' preseason victory over Golden State.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' win over the Warriors.
-- Lakers Nation's Michael Goldsholl writes about Ron Artest's humanitarian efforts.
Tweet of the Day: "My daughter hates the color green and loves purple. I don't like where this is headed. At all." -- sportsguy23 (ESPN.com's Bill Simmons)
Reader Comment of the Day: All I’ve ever wanted from a second unit is that they beat the other team’s second unit. That’s all. We have the most important sixth man in the league already; so I just want the others to beat their counterparts (unlike last year, when they couldn’t beat an egg). I really like our new and improved second unit. They started to gel, and I hope it continues through the regular season. I’m impressed that Shannon is doing what I always thought others should do: he’s learning from the best. (In this case, he’s learning the 2 from Kobe.) Worked on his shot furiously over the summer (and it shows). Getting the trust of his teammates. I never understood why players like Mbenga (as an example) never took advantage of being on the Lakers and all that that entails. Why’d he never get a low post game? It’s not like great players and great coaches and great ex-players weren’t around to help.
So, kudos to Shannon for taking advantage of his opportunities. And you can see Kobe’s lovin’ it. Barnes is really playing like a total energy and team player. Really liking what he gives to the Lakers. Ron Ron carrying over the Game 7 goodness. I’m unsure about Pau and only hope it’s preseason, but he looks really low-energy. Especially on defense. But, he’s earned whatever he wants, so hopefully he’ll turn it up come the regular season. Ebanks and Caracter, nice possibilities. Love that Kobe’s behind Ebanks; that can only help the kid grow. Luke’s fallen over again and he can’t get up. I hope he heals; I feel for the guy. Drew? Hope he comes back ready to play, no foolin’ around. This is his year to shine if he can. Kobe? Meh, he’s Kobe, and he’s going to demand more from himself, as always." -- 63 Footer
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Warriors guard Monta Ellis splits the defense of Lakers guards Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant for a layup in the first half on Oct. 22, 2010. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press