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Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for matchup with Toronto Raptors

November 5, 2010 | 12:30 pm

6a00d8341c506253ef0128770c5183970c-320wi--The Times' Mike Bresnahan remains impressed with the Lakers' 5-0 start.'s Kurt Badenhausen reports that  Kobe Bryant remains the NBA's highest paid player.

--AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick walks away impressed with how Bryant looks.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore details Andrew Bynum's progression involving the rehab on his surgically repaired right knee.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at what's different about Ron Artest's shoes.

Carr also highlights the participation of Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks in the NBA Rookie Challenge Tip-Off Thursday at Audubon Middle School.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how the Lakers are bonding off the court.'s John Hollinger argues that the Lakers' high-octane offense resembles the Phoenix Suns (insider subscription required).'s Scott Howard-Cooper explains how Bryant has  surpassed expectations regarding the rehab of his surgically repaired right knee.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky offers his take on Bynum starting in Lamar Odom's place.

--The National Post's Eric Koreen sizes up the Raptors' point-guard position.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin wonders how many wins the Lakers can compile this season.'s Mike Trudell details Thursday's practice.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz details how the Lakers are keeping Bryant fresh.

--The Toronto Sun's Frank Zicarelli highlights Reggie Evans' leadership. Zicarelli also indicates the Raptors highly respect Lakers forward Pau Gasol.

--Silver Screen and Roll's bluexfalcon shares the experience in attending the Lakers-Kings game at Arco Arena.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Daniel Buerge explains how Matt Barnes' arrival helps the Lakers in shedding their soft label.

--Raptors Republic's A-Dub breaks down Toronto's inconsistency.

Tweet of the Day: "Quick question, I remember this summer when I signed a lot of u laker fans were NOT happy about it. R we cool yet, can I be down??" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Just pointing out that, whoever is in the 2nd unit ... they would be good enough to beat 50% of the other teams' starting units... The combinations are endless... Great problem for PJ to have... Like a set of Legos... there are so many ways they fit... As long as we stay healthy, with everyone available... We would be hard to beat." -- LEWSTRS

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives past Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan last season in January. Credit: Warren Toda / EPA