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Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Minnesota

November 19, 2010 |  9:30 am

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--Note: The Lakers' game Sunday at Staples Center against Golden State marks Chick Hearn Night, and the organization is asking that fans bring a new children's book to Star Plaza outside Staples Center. All the books will be donated to local literacy organizations. All fans who make the donation will receive a 2010-2011 pin, and the names of the book donors will be written on a sticker inside the book.

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Phil Jackson's argument that Pau Gasol has to get more physical before being in consideration for league MVP.

--NBA.com's Steve Aschburner sizes up Gasol's MVP chances.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports that Lamar Odom's sprained left thumb still bothers him.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky examines Kobe Bryant's relationship with Pau Gasol.

--ESPN.com's Tim Keown argues Bryant shouldn't have appeared in the "Call of Duty" commercial.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how the Lakers' three-game swing at Milwaukee, Detroit and Minnesota show how fortunate players feel to wear purple and gold.

--The Pioneer Press' Ray Richardson reports Minnesota guard Sebastian Telfair will start tonight against the Lakers.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford provides the latest timetable on Bynum.

--The Star Tribune breaks down how different the Timberwolves are before and after playing the Lakers.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell catches up with Lamar Odom.

--The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda highlights Michael Beasley's improvement.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz details how Shannon Brown's fit in with the Lakers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore breaks down what Jake Voskuhl would bring to the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "Two great forces of basketball — Tex Winter and Jerry West — go into the college hall of fame on Sunday. Forgive me, but I am stoked." -- lazenby (Lakers longtime author Roland Lazenby)

Reader Comment of the Day: "There is no doubt that Lamar should be an All Star this year. What he's been showing for the last 2 1/2 years is excellence and it's about time he's rewarded for it. He's even gotten better since he got married to Khloe too. Khloe is a good woman. Monica is a good woman too. Shannon Brown has been amazing since he got married to her. Maybe marriage isn't all that bad after all." -- Rocky

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Minnesota forward Michael Beasley, left, battles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant for a loose ball during the second quarter of the Lakers' 99-94 victory earlier this month. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.


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