Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Portland
--The Times' Broderick Turner outlines the increased role Lakers rookie forward/center Derrick Caracter will have with the team.
--The Times' Mark Heisler notices the Lakers currently don't have any drama going on with their team.
--The Columbian's Matt Calkins extrapolates on Portland's victory over Toronto.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr examines Pau Gasol's willingness to play more minutes.
--The Sporting News' Sean Deveney previews the Lakers-Portland matchup.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' struggles against Toronto's zone defense.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford focuses more on Caracter.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains how Kobe Bryant's been feasting on young defenders.
--The Oregonian sizes up the Lakers-Trail Blazers matchup.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore wonders whether the New Orleans Hornets can challenge the Lakers in the West.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano celebrates Lamar Odom's birthday by featuring an Odom highlight reel.
Tweet of the Day: "My kids have no respect for day light savings." -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Watching the Lakers defense Friday night against the Raptors should have served as prima facie evidence of how much the LA Lakers missed their starting center Andrew Bynum." -- LakerTom
Photo: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol (16) have meshed nicely in helping Lakers win consecutive NBA titles. This season the team is almost under the radar, with media spotlight trained elsewhere. Credit: Danny Moloshok/Reuters.