Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy an off day before game against Minnesota
A few notes: I am in short supply of Laker blog profiles. This is something I plan to feature on Lakers' off-days throughout the season so if you want this series to continue, send your profiles to firstname.lastname@example.org
Plenty of readers loved, for good reason, "Journey to the Ring," a collaborative book between Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and NBA senior photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. You can order advance copies here.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the influence Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person has provided for the Lakers.
--ESPN.com's Chris Broussard remains confused as to why Minnesota Coach and former Laker Kurt Rambis limits Kevin Love's playing time.
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant thanks the military for their service in the video below
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe devotes part of his column to a favorite among hoops fans: making fun of Minnesota's Darko Milicic.
--CBSSports.com's Matt Moore asks if anyone wants to play point guard for the T-Wolves. Thanks, but I'll pass.
--Fox Sports' West's Matt Smith predicts the Lakers will get at least 73 wins.
--The Star Tribune highlights Minnesota's youth.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details where the Lakers rank league-wide in a few statistical categories.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the Lakers can play good defense simply when they put their minds to it.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid breaks down the effectiveness Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have demonstrated thus far.
--Canis Hoopus' pescatello wonders whether the Timberwolves can win 30 games.
--Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian likes how Steve Blake and Derek Fisher are working together.
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant makes a pass after running into the defense of Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley in the first quarter of their exhibition game Oct. 4 at London's O2 Arena. Credit: Dylan Martinez / Reuters