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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 113-80 victory over Sacramento Kings


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan examines the Lakers' dominance in their 113-80 victory Friday over the Sacramento Kings.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr believes the Lakers are back on track.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones notices little goes right in the Kings' loss.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen credits the Lakers' defense against Sacramento.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford argues the Lakers' win helped put them at ease with their recent struggles.


--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Ron Artest's interview with a Houston radio station where he pretended to be Rockets forward Luis Scola.

--The Orange County Register's Carr looks at the Lakers' forced shots in recent games.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen also focuses on the Lakers' recent shot selection.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford explains how Ron Artest is handling his reduced role.


--The Times' Broderick Turner dissects a few statistics from the Lakers' game.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes the Lakers' White House visit on Dec. 13 will inspire them.'s Marc Stein details what the 2010 FIBA World Championships did for Lamar Odom's development.

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen explains how Lakers forward Pau Gasol feels the burden in filling in for Andrew Bynum.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz notices the team's mood improved after beating Sacramento.


--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman reports the Houston radio host didn't know it was Artest on the other line.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kameneztky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky presents post-game video.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin breaks down 10 nuggets from the game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore jokes the Lakers should play the Kings every time they're in a funk.'s Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the game.

--Sactown Royalty's Tom Ziller calls the Kings' loss embarrassing.

Tweet of the Day: "It would be nice if the NBA had a flexible schedule. The Lakers could play the Kings whenever the team started struggling & cure their ills" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I think Kobe's years in the "wilderness" have made him very sensitive to lack of team effort and execution. I think he's a little fed up with how most of the team is playing right now, and yet he's somewhat holding back on simply going flat out, full-goose, take it on my shoulders mode (since, a., too early in the season, b., he's still not 100%, c., he knows it won't help the team get better). I think when the team gets back to actually playing hard, he'll be much happier and more forthcoming in what he says about them. He just wants them to do the work" -- 63 footer

--Mark Medina

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MM - thanks for the nod! Must be a slow Saturday, what with the 70's music and some poster questioning Ron's predilections (for some strange reason, as if that meant a hill of beans - but maybe the poster was threatened in some way).

But I'll take the cheap wins any way I can get 'em!

Oops, it took a whole two minutes to appear and I thought my post had vanished (not that it was very good to begin with), so I retyped what I could remember - please disregard the second one.

But thanks again MM!

Congrats to 63 Footer.

The Lakers are just feeling their way into this season. Both true centers out. Kobe recovering from knee surgery. Pau overworked. Easy schedule providing few real challenges.

Xmas day the real push will start.


According to an article a few minutes ago on MSNBC, “Andrew Bynum played his first game of 5-on-5 with teammates today -- Phil Jackson said his knee was fine but his conditioning and timing are a work in progress.” The article then added: “Bynum has targeted Dec. 8 as a potential return date, the first of six consecutive road games.” That last part seems to be dramatically different than what we have been hearing but maybe Drew’s knee is responding and healing faster than expected. That’d be a welcome change for the Lakers and Lakers’ fans. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed.



63 FTW!

Not a slow Saturday by MM - just a good comment by you.

coincidence that bynum might get back before ratliff after pj's comment about "irony?" well, i hope the kid comes back bigger and stronger so we can get back to the buisness of winning games, securing our spot at the top of the conference and sending boston back home after losing in the finals to the Los Angeles Lakers!

Congrats 63 on the RCOTD and just a little music to celebrate. This is a great song for Saturday afternoon. Cheers -

I said "brb guys" last night and ended up falling asleep. Kind of gutted I didn't get to see the rookies and bench shine in the 4th.

Great game though Lakers, indeed it was an embarrassing loss for the Kings but what do we care!!

Great quote 63 footer- totally agree with you! Can't wait for after the all star break.

Congratualtions 63 Footer...stop cutting yourself deserved're a great part of this blog...

@63 FOOTER… Congrats on the Friedman. If I could have put money down on the Friedman futures. my only problem would have been which of several comments posted by you yesterday to award. Submit your profile and tell us who you are because we’d all like to say yeah, we’ve known him ever since he took his talents to the LA Times Lakers Blog. Make Pine Cone and Marshmallow proud.


63 Footer,
Congratulations on the Rick Friedman Award. Well-deserved. Astute observation.
What do we play for? RINGS!!!
Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

63-footer, add mine to the chorus of nods. Always great to read your comments, insightful and in good humor. Also have to give a nod to MM - you're continuing to cover the team six ways to sunday and exceedingly well at that. The Times is indeed fortunate for your service.



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