Caught in the Web: Negative reaction regarding Phil Jackson's comment about Miami's coaching future
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the reaction regarding Phil Jackson's comments about Miami's coaching situation.
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains the concept behind the Lakers' "Turkey Trot."
--True Hoop's Henry Abbott notcies Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol have proved impressive in the plus-minus category.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer takes Stan Van Gundy to task for reacting angrily to Jackson's comments referencing his dismissal at Miami.
--The Miami Herald's Israel Gutierrez argues Jackson's comments are misguided.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky shares the news that he and his wife are expecting their first girl in April and that he plans to raise her to become a Lakers fan. Congratulations Andy.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin looks at how the Lakers have improved at utilizing their depth.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton remains impressed with the Lakers' depth.
--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Shandel Richardson mentions how Erik Spoelstra has taken Jackson's comments in stride.
--The Palm Beach Post's Ethan J. Skolknik believes Jackson's comments brought the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat closer together.
--The Salt Lake Tribune's Brian T. Smith explains how the Jazz's "awkward" second unit helps its starters.
--The Orange County Register's Marcia Smith features former Laker Mychal Thompson and his family.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford examines the success the Lakers' reserves have experienced thus far.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz examines what makes the Utah Jazz get the results it wants in a not-so-pretty manner.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker presents a photo slideshow featuring the Lakers' bench.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski notes in passing that Portland Coach Nate McMillan is a candidate to be the Lakers coach next season. Wojnarowski also argues in his column about the Heat that Jackson was trying to stir up drama on the team with his comments about Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra.
--Lakers Nation's Jonathan Hernandez calls Shannon Brown the "anti-J.R. Smith."
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell previews the Lakers-Jazz matchup.
--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap argues Jackson didn't mean anything personal when he mentioned the possibility the Miami Heat would fire Spoelstra.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano lists what he's thankful for regarding the Lakers.
Tweet of the Day: "Happy turkey day tweeps hope its a very safe and fun one for ya. Missing my mom's mac nd cheese right now :-(..... wish i had sumwere to go ... omg sum1 plz bring me a plate :-/ ... officially the worst thanksgiving ever. Lol" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks).
Reader Comment of the Day: "It was probably inappropriate, and somewhat puzzling, that Phil would wade into Spoelstra's job status. But everything he said was true. Here's what we can learn from the Heat so far: 1) Building a winner is harder than people think, a lot harder than drafting a good fantasy team. The players have to fit together. Wade and James are two guys who thrive on having the ball on the perimiter. Only one can have the ball at once, and neither is really at this stage a great off-ball player.
2) Chemistry usually takes time. The Heat may be the best team in the NBA by the end of the season, or next year. But so many guys are learning a new offense and a new defense and their role in it. They are learning their teammates' strengths, weakness, and tendencies. It all takes time. 3) The Heat had a tough early schedule than the Lakers - Boston twice, Orlando. As this team comes together, it will also hit an easier stretch of schedule. They may go on a run then. 4) Coaching and leadership are important. Under a Phil Jackson or a Greg Popovich Miami may have gelled faster. It's a lot more than x's and o's. It's about building a team cultuure and getting everyone going in the same direction. And a leader like Kobe or Duncan doesn't hurt either.
5) Role players matter. The "other guys" have to be complimentary to the stars, accept their roles, and be able to handle the big moments. For every Kareem, Magic, Kobe , Shaq or Pau you need a Coop, a Rambis, a Fish, an Horry, a Fox. The Heat are 8-7, and come March that won't matter. Every team will go through a slump. The question is, can this team pull itself together and live up to the hype? At this point it's an open question. And Phil is right, that won't result in LeBron collecting unemployment. The pressure is on Spoelstra." -- Tom Daniels
Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson before Tuesday's game against the Chicago Bulls. Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times.