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Caught in the Web: Details surrounding Matt Barnes' torn knee cartilage

January 9, 2011 | 10:45 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Lakers forward Matt Barnes will miss several weeks because of torn cartilage in his right knee, meaning Kobe Bryant will log more minutes at small forward.

--The Times' Mark Heisler mostly faults the Lakers' defense for their current struggles.

--The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams documents the comments Phil Jackson has made this season that's elicited reactions around the league. The New York Post's Marc Berman explains why Kobe Bryant isn't surprised with the Knicks' success.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details Barnes' injury as well as Andrew Bynum's on-court progress.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky address in their latest podcast Kobe Bryant's knee, Pau Gasol's All-Star credentials and more.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter argues the Lakers handle their drama pretty well.

--NBA.com's John Schuhmann asks the age-old question regarding Bryant.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says Barnes' absence could last until the NBA All-Star break.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell explains in extensive detail how Lamar Odom's marriage with Khloe Kardashian has helped him mature.

--ESPN New York's Jared Zwerling believes the Lakers' front-line presence will prove problematic for the Knicks.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore previews the Lakers-Knicks matchup.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wonders how the Lakers will fill Barnes' void.

Tweet of the Day: "I told you guys I'd keep u posted, I have a tear in my meniscus ill be out 8 weeks I have surgery scheduled early nxt week." -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Reader Comment of the Day: "We can't catch a break can we? Lets just be glad these injuries are happening in the early season as opposed to later in the season. Matt is a fighter, he will have his surgery and be good to go in a month, quicker and better than ever. If anything this just means more minutes for Artest, who can perhaps finally start to shine offensively. Also more playing time for the rookies is never a bad thing. Lucky for us we have an easy schedule for a week after the knicks. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out" -- Diandra

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes reacts after falling to the court and injuring his right knee on Friday night in a game against New Orleans. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


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