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Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy the day off


--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

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Congrats NuggetsCountry - how cool.

NuggetsCountry- Dude Congrats on RCOTD.....But seriously you're still watching WHAT? A TRUE Lakerholic......But there might be something ELSE going on in that HEAD. And CRYING?

DUDE may want to TALK with RON RON's DOCTOR , This is NOT NORMAL. You've GOT to find a WOMAN, SOON.

I too was noticing we hadn't played an overtime game in a while. I have no complaints on my end. The less minutes our team plays, the better it will be in the long run. Granted OT games are the most exciting.. i would rather preserve us for those extra 4 minutes :)

a day of rest will be good for the Lakers. i hope they're watching the nfl playoffs today and grilling on the bbq! they've got a busy week ahead for them, utah, sacto and the hated green freaks, boston!


Your profile was JUSTA GREAT! Gotta take the time to do mine soon.

If you didn't have a POSITIVE comment....yesterday, Silent was GOLDEN.

Congrats NuggetCountry, excellent comment.


I had to get up early this morning and I had a headache and my car battery was dead. I did however manage to write a useless post last night so if any of my old pals feel like wasting additional time after the 10 links posted above, then feel free to stop by Searching for Slava (just click on my name below). It'll make my headache go away. By osmosis. Somehow.

all 3 times to the same woman. LOL!! Yes sounds like that Mamba24 huh? She’s probably the only woman that would put up with all my Drama. LMAO

Dude...Spoken like a TRUE DRAMA QUEEN, 3 times? 3 times? they say the third time is the CHARM. Best of LUCKY MY MAN.

I've gotta take issue with the headline, "Mark Heisler expresses concern about the Lakers." Concern is not the right word when it comes to how Heisler feels about the Lakers. He has always had a negative attitude towards the team he covers, often not giving them any credit for their achievements. If you've read any of Heisler's columns the past few years, you'd think the Lakers had not won back to back to championships nor did they deserve to. Laker fans are "concerned" about the team's struggles. I get the feeling that Heisler is thrilled with the Lakers struggles.

Laker4Life - the tone of Heisler's writings has definitely changed over the years. There's been friction in the past between he and Kobe (stemming from various things written) and they go back quite a ways... Heisler was close to Joe Bryant back in the day. I think Heisler would say that he's objective in criticism but it's hard not to notice certain shifts.



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