Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for New Orleans Hornets
*A housekeeping note: The Times' Mike Bresnahan will be hosting a live chat at the Lakers blog today at 1 p.m. using the Cover it Live interface. Bring your questions then!
--The Times' Broderick Turner details Lamar Odom's sore left shoulder.
--The Times' Jim Peltz explains why it's possible the Hornets will leave New Orleans.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr looks at how former Lakers are doing on other teams.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Lamar Odom's reality show won't be a distraction.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky wonders if Lakers forward Pau Gasol really deserves an All-Star bid.
--Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby reports there's people within the team irked that Kobe Bryant hasn't practiced for most of the season with the Lakers and that has hurt team chemistry.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi breaks down the Lakers' schedule.
--The Times Picayune's John Reid details the tall task New Orleans has tonight in playing the Lakers.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford details Odom's injury and the latest NBA All-Star returns.
-Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Thursday's practice.
--The New York Posts' Peter Vecsey reports Kobe Bryant's statement to him that he has very little cartilage under his right knee cap.
--ESPN.com's Michael Wilbon believes there's nothing to worry about surrounding the Lakers' recent struggles.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz compares the Lakers' health to other NBA teams.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore details what the Lakers' new shift in defense has done for the team.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the play between Odom and Pau Gasol.
Tweet of the Day: "yal know how i always got something new up my sleeve? this next ronartest (which means stunt or idea) yal will be inspired. all star break i will reveal" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest).
Reader Comment of the Day: "Everything is going according to plan... Lakers playing schitzophrenically? Check. Diehard Laker Nation freaking out? Check. Doubters coming out in droves who earlier predicted that the Lakers would cruise? Check. Enemies gaining confidence? Check. Puuuuurrrffect. We're the Lakers. This is what we do: "Give them hope... and then take it away." It's our way. Everything is going according to plan." -- Jon K.
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Photo: Lakers' power forward Lamar Odom is fouled by New Orleans Hornets' center D.J. Mbenga during a game in New Orleans on Wednesday. Credit: Derick E. Hingle / U.S. Presswire