Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for Memphis Grizzlies
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains how Lamar Odom has thrived in the past two games coming off the bench.
--The Times' Mark Heisler analyzes the NBA's labor situation. Heisler also predicts there will be an NBA lockout and details an imaginary conversation between many significant NBA figures regarding the current season.
--True Hoop's Mark Haubner revisits the Lakers' 2010 NBA championship.
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper isn't worried one bit about the Lakers' struggles.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss in their latest podcast Kobe Bryant's recent public criticism about the team's play, Andrew Bynum's production since his return and the Western Conference standings.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights a few nuggets from the Lakers-Sixers game and looks at what lies ahead in 2011.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers feel good entering 2011.
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen predicts that the Lakers will have renewed focus. Thomsen also explains what Bynum's return to the starting lineup means for the Lakers in the video below
--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery lists a few New Year's resolutions regarding the Grizzlies.
Tweet of the Day: "We'll see straight off what kind of luck the Lakers have in 2011 tomorrow [Sunday]: Bynum + January + Grizzlies = usually disastrous." -- KevinDing (Orange County Register's Lakers beat reporter Kevin Ding)
Reader Comment of the Day:"The Fisher Question is a tough one. I'm a fan of his body of work. I think he does a lot of things that he gets little credit for defensively -- for example he gets his hands on a lot of balls, plays good help D (sometimes even on bigs), takes a lot of charges, and nobody is better at stopping 3 on 1 fast breaks single handedly. The guy came up huge in the playoffs last year. None of that is intangibles, it is solid basketball.
But in the dog days of the regular season? When he's jacking up shots early in the clock and going 0-6? When sometimes you forget he's on the court and other times you notice him and wish he wasn't out there? Well, then it's tougher to love Fish. He's not tall or quick. He's a decent shooter, but very streaky -- he's either on fire or ugly. I think sometimes he has a hard time getting too jacked up about game #25 of the regular season. Fish would be a great guy off the bench at this point in his career. But no one the Lakers have picked up has taken the job from him. So there he is. And come playoff time, he will probably come through again. And so he will be back next year. And we can have this discussion again." -- Tom Daniels
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom tries to beat Memphis guard Mike Conley to a loose ball during a November regular-season game. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters