Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Chicago
--The Times' Kate Linthicum, Andrew Blankstein and Sam Allen have the latest on the 2-year-old who fell from a Staples Center luxury suite 30 feet to his death.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Lakers Center Andrew Bynum doesn't feel ready to practice.
--The Times' Broderick Turner details how Shannon Brown's attention to detail has paid off.
--The New York Times' Howard Beck highlights the contention from Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Assn., that he's 99% sure that there will be an NBA lockout.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr shares reader and Laker reaction regarding the toddler's unfortunate death at Staples Center.
--The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson focuses on Kobe Bryant's relationship with Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau. Johnson also reports that Chicago forward and former USC player Taj Gibson will likely miss tonight's game against the Lakers because of soreness in his right foot.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky break down the odds of each Laker providing a perfect stat line against Chicago.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky throws caution to the wind regarding Bynum's recovery.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen also provides the Lakers' reaction to the toddler's death.
--Bulls.com's Sam Smith dissects Chicago's poor free-throw shooting.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford details Bynum's timetable.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down Pau Gasol's efficiency.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski learns a lot over dinner about Bryant's mentality. A definite must-read.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz sizes up Ron Artest's chances to play in the NFL.
Tweet of the Day: "Heartfelt prayers go out to the family of the lil man yesterday. It has to be a very difficult time for them..Keep them in your prayers." -- ShannonBrown (Lakers guard Shannon Brown).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Whenever I hear of AB’s projected return I automatically tack on another 30 days. It’s like meeting a friend you know is habitually late. You just leave 30 minutes later to compensate." -- LRob
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson says his team is too old to mount a serious challenge to the Chicago Bulls' record of 72 wins in a season. Credit: Kyle Terada / U.S. Presswire