Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 92-88 loss to FC Barcelona
--The headline on The Times' Mike Bresnahan story on the Lakers' 92-88 preseason loss Thursday to FC Barcelona says it all: "Lakers look like lost tourists in Europe."
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr lists the Lakers' best guards of all time.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding breaks down the Lakers' loss.
--NESN.com's Matt Flores argues the Lakers won't three-peat.
--Fox Sports lists Pau Gasol as the league's best power forward.
--The Gazette's Daniel Leaderman highlights Magic Johnson's charitable efforts in donating computers to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin shares that Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson disagree on whether FC Barcelona could compete in the NBA.
--AOL Fanhouse's Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller argue Jackson's idea that Andrew Bynum play a limited role is absurd.
--HoopsHype's Jorge Sierra talks to Ron Artest about various subjects, including his desire to box and play football after his basketball career is over.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a running game diary of the Lakers' game against FC Barcelona.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Gil Meriken previews Ron Artest.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett breaks down the Lakers-FC Barcelona game.
Tweet of the Day: "Barca coach Xavi Pascual on Pau Gasol: "Everyone here loves him. From our point of view he's the best inside player in the NBA." -- LakersReporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Unfortunately, I tend to think the Lakers will get in a more regular 'rotation' of NBA teams playing overseas - despite Phil, Tim Leiweke and basically all the Laker organization protestations. The fact is, the Lakers are more popular around the world than all other NBA teams combined and doubled. They can't escape their celebrity and success, and I would tend to think as soon as 2 years they'll be doing this again. I must admit, yes, it might interfere with things, but it was fun to watch the Barca game. Like I said above, a post-season tourney against the NBA teams would be awesome. A real 'World Champion' would be crowned. I'd tend to think that the NBA champ would basically go undefeated if that were to happen" -- CyberCosmiX
Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol looks to make a move against FC Barcelona's Boniface Ndong in their exhibition game Thursday. Credit: Albert Gea/Reuters.