Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for three-game trip, David Stern appears on 'Colbert Report'
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines the challenges the Lakers will face in their three-game trip beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Milwaukee.
--The New York Post's Kathianne Boniello reports Lakers forward Lamar Odom is suing his ex-wife Liza Morales over custody of his kids.
--Dime magazine's Jaimie Canterbury contends that Theo Ratliff, Sasha Vujacic and Ron Artest are living off their old reputations.
--In an awkwardly hilarious teeth-pulling exercise, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert interviews NBA Commissioner David Stern in the video below
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--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding thinks the Lakers need to slow down the tempo.
--Fox Sports still believes the Lakers are the NBA's best team.
--It's almost heresy for Bill Walton to be sitting next to Chick Hearn's statue. But he does.
--The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner details how Milwaukee is preparing for Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin ranks the Lakers at No. 3 but isn't worried one bit about the defending champs.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details the Lakers' contingency plans for absorbing Ratliff's absence.
--Basketball Reference.com's Neil Paine paints pretty convincing arguments on how blowing out easy teams leads to NBA titles. The Lakers might want to take notes.
--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus says the Lakers should sign Erick Dampier.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson drops the Lakers to No. 4 because of the team's complacency in its past two losses.
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein drops the Lakers to No. 3 in his latest power rankings because of the team's poor defense.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford examines the Lakers' defensive problems.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz recounts Odom's frustration with his foot and his technical foul.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore digs up this horribly embarrassing rap video featuring the 1987 Lakers team. That being said, I'd love to see Artest do a remake of this.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark thinks L.A.'s losing streak shows it's the same old Lakers.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski analyzes how Phil Jackson's has allocated minutes through 10 regular-season games.
Tweet of the Day: "Not 100% but much better and is on the trip with the team!" -- KristenBlake2 (Steve Blake's wife, Kristen, to a fan asking about Steve's health).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Well, one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity. Caracter will be given a chance to step up and contribute in the front court. With Ratliff out and Odom slightly hurting, Caracter can see significant minutes in the rotation. Let's see if the Rook is up to the challenge and task at hand. Otherwise, this means more wear and tear on Gasol and Odom. Caracter, this is your chance, make it count." -- Laker J
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