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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 82-74 preseason loss to Utah Jazz

October 20, 2010 | 10:27 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details Shannon Brown's off-season work (long hours in a really hot gym) and how that could make him into a more complete player this season.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Jim Alexander explains how age and fatigue will prove challenging for the Lakers this season.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how Steve Blake's contentious play with Francisco Elson sparked the Lakers in their 82-74 preseason loss Tuesday to Utah.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky present post-game video. BK also breaks down the Lakers' loss to Utah.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen says the bench's energy helped the Lakers step it up in the second half.

--The Philadelphia Inquirer's John P. Martin reports Lower Merion High School will name its new gym after Kobe Bryant.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes the Lakers should be wary of the Miami Heat.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith highlights Elson's performance.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains Blake's up-and-down preseason as well as Phil Jackson's curiosity about what Magic Johnson will do now that he sold his stake with the Lakers. Teaford also talks to Fox Sports about the upcoming season in the video below.

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video/?vid=6268e8b3-cea7-4c41-811c-23567b447b02&from=IV2_en-us_foxsports_videocentral_player" target="_new" title="Countdown to Tip-Off: Lakers">Video: Countdown to Tip-Off: Lakers</a>

--The Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery talks to Jerry West about his regrets about not landing a franchise player for Memphis.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell shares his running diary of the Lakers-Jazz pre-season contest.

--Basketball Reference put together its preview capsule for the Lakers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore sizes up the Orlando Magic.

--Lakers Nation's Ramneet Singh asks readers where Bryant ranks in Lakers history.

Tweet of the Day: "Woke up this morning stuffed up, headache, sore throat. Feels like @steveblake5 gave me his cold. Nooo! If mama goes down we're all screwed!" -- kristenblake2

(Kristen Blake, wife of Lakers guard Steve Blake)

Reader Comment of the Day: "1. The Lakers looked like they were sleep-walking through the game. - 2. It seems that we are getting more creative with our passing this year, which is good. - 3. Listen I find the non-stop whining and complaining of players to be totally annoying and offputting, but this technical rule needs to be adjusted because it simply does not work as it is presently being enforced." -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is pressured by Utah guard Raja Bell during the first half of the Lakers' 82-74 exhibition loss Tuesday. Credit: Jae C. Hong/ Associated Press


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