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

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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

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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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I think I wrote that *lol* but congratulations frmkt for the rcotd ;)

Can't wait for the game tonight, lets see how well Artest does without Barnes as a back up.. these extra minutes will surely help him progress!

Perhaps when we block the knicks out of the water some of these trolls will be quiet for a while again too.

frmkt with the Friedman!

Matty seems like he's taking it in stride and being realistic both about the severity and what he needs to do to get back into Lakers shape.

MM - diandra DID write that. But hey - whatever you gotta to do to make sure a RLG doesn't get the Friedman Award.....

G. Money, you're one of my favorite trolls, but I'm betting that you're not betting any real money on that prediction. And I'm also betting that you won't be showing up here tonight after the Lakers flip those scores on you. Phil has always B-slapped D'Antoni's run-n-gun style teams, and I see nothing different about this one that's going to change that.

Posted by: CornerJ | January 09, 2011 at 09:44 AM

J- you're one of 5 Lakerholics I really enjoy reading their posts, But Dude... I'll be here after the game before the game. The Lakeshow is just out of GAS, sputtering ups and down till the playoffs, and a complete FLAMEOUT in the post season.

What? Did the refs rob Diandra like they do Kobe? Perhaps that is the finest compliment one can get.

Oh 63, you know how to make a girl smile ;)

I really enjoyed reading the article by Jill Painter. She sounds like a legit Lakers fan, or a really good writer.

Especially my favourite quote from Kobe:

"As for the knee, Bryant said: "Do I look worried? Did we win last year? My knee last year was the size of a balloon and we still won, so I'm not that concerned about it."

Watching the playoff battles between Knicks and Pacers on ESPN...

Incredible drama in the those series...Ewing, Starks, MJackson, Spike Lee vs RMiller, Schremp, AJackson, Pacer's KKK crowd...

The surprising thing...I totally forgot Byron Scott played for the Pacers...

Phil Jackson says some interesting things about Bynum's presence in the Kevin Ding piece - about him keeping other teams out of the lane and about the Lakers being at their best over the last 3 years when he was playing.


I noticed in the last game that he picked up CP3 away from the hoop on one play, stuck with him all the way to rim, blocked his shot and bumped him (no call). CP3 pretty much avoided Drew after that.


Advice for Luke if he gets more minutes with Barnes out ....... it's all about the moisturizer.

G. Money...G...I'm never too proud to admit when I'm wrong. How about you? See you here after the game, my friend. If the Lakers lose, I'll be happy to praise your prognosticating talents. If not, just remember...moisturize, moisturize, moisturize...and remember to wear the "purple mesh" outfit when you next visit the hallowed blog of the (STILL) World Champion Los Angeles Lakers.

Diandra - My mistake. I made the correction!

After a full blown investigation with statements from witnesses...

Diandra is awarded the RCOTD...

Congrats...well deserved...

So frmkt...can you tell me how Reggie Bush feels...lol

MM feelin' so bad about the mistake (and still not up to game speed), he had to apologize twice!

Get Well Soon Matt! Hope for a speedy recovery! We don't want to tire Kobe out!

Watching the playoff battles between Knicks and Pacers on ESPN...

Incredible drama in the those series...Ewing, Starks, MJackson, Spike Lee vs RMiller, Schremp, AJackson, Pacer's KKK crowd...

The surprising thing...I totally forgot Byron Scott played for the Pacers...

Posted by: LEWSTRS | January 09, 2011 at 12:42 PM

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Maybe I have selective memory but I don't recall Byron Scott playing for Pacers. I think he was drafted by Clippers and traded to Lakers for Norm Nixon. I have not checked this out but relying on my shaky memory. I think Scott coached the Pacers.


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