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Caught in the Web: Lakers examine their latest struggles

January 4, 2011 | 10:30 am


--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explores the Lakers' views on how they want to run their offense.

--The Times' Kevin Baxter details Joe Smith's debut with the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Phil Jackson's clarified comments regarding Kobe Bryant's third-quarter scoring spree Sunday against Memphis.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer explains how rapper Snoop Dogg won $20,000 betting on the Lakers.'s John Hollinger ranks the Lakers at No. 8.

--A panel of writers breaks down the Lakers' struggles.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky previews the Lakers' upcoming week.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins assesses the Lakers' current woes.

--NBA analysts Mike Fratello and Reggie Miller talk about the Lakers' struggles in the video below for Sports Illustrated's "Behind the Mic."

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin puts Jackson's comments about Bryant in context.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears reports on Kendrick Perkins' contention that the Celtics would've won the 2010 NBA Finals against the Lakers had he not injured his right knee in Game 6.'s Marc Stein ranks the Lakers at No. 7 because of poor offense and defense.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers aren't worried about their sluggish play.'s Mike Trudell details Monday's practice.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explores the Lakers' chemistry issues.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore literally charts the Lakers' decline.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano notices the Lakers are still looking for an identity.

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe understood the booing Sunday, saying fans are used 2 seeing Lakers play much better. But he added, ”We've also fed them a lot of tacos" -- Mike_Bresnahan (Los Angeles Times Lakers beat reporter Mike Bresnahan)

Reader Comment of the Day: Currently, the Lakers seemed resigned to losing games. They fall behind by double digits, try to fight back, then Kobe-dar kicks in, and that's it. There's no more fight and most of the players appear resigned to losing -- and not just losing, but doing so in a spectacular manner. If I don't know better, it appears like many of them are sulking when Kobe-dar kicks in instead of thinking, "Ok, Kobe is trying to get us jump started, let's give the man a hand, and see if we can get back in by riding on his energy". Start cutting and moving without the ball, hustle for lose balls, close out the 3 point shooters, etc.

The team is going through a funk right now and they are going to continue struggling for several more games. They need to get back on the same page and start executing as a team to develop better game habits. They know there's a problem, and now they need to find ways to fix it. At least they are no longer in denial with "every team has some bad nights," "it's still early in the season," etc. I'm confident the Lakers will figure it out. It may take longer than any self-respecting fan would like, but it'll happen." -- Seely_Iggy

-- Mark Medina

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