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Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy the day off

January 23, 2011 |  9:57 am


--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers needed a day off.

--The Times' Mark Heisler expresses concern about the Lakers.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams catches up with Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss in a Q&A.

--The Orange County Register's Matt Degan highlights Jerry West's belief that "I don't think the Lakers will be good for much longer."

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer believes Kobe Bryant's taking too much credit for the Lakers' acquiring Pau Gasol.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin and ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky reflect on Bryant's 81-point performance five years ago. presents a photo gallery of Bryant's 81-point effort against Toronto.

--The Salt Lake Tribune's Michael C. Lewis explains why the Lakers have dominated Utah at Staples Center.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore notices that the Lakers haven't played in an overtime game in 10 months.

Tweet of the Day: "I ASKED A GM RECENTLY WHAT CAN KEEP DWIGHT FROM BECOMING A LAKER..."A new CBA with a hard cap," he said...In other words, nothing ... OF COURSE, DWIGHT SAYS HE WANTS TO WIN SO IF MAGIC GETS A TITLE, THEY'RE GOOD... Now all they have to do is get a title." -- MHeislerLATimes (L.A. Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler).

Reader Comment of the Day: "I always keep this 81 point game and the last championship game 7 on my TIVO to watch the next day after a particularly bad performance by the Lake Show. Been doing that for years, with different playoff games, but always the 81 since it occurred. Brought tears to my eyes to watch it live " -- NuggetsCountry

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: L.A. Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler believes Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant have a bigger task at hand this season than last in trying to threepeat instead of repeat as NBA champions. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times