Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Sacramento Kings (and pretend not to think about Boston Celtics)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on Phil Jackson's insistence that this is his last season.
--True Hoop's Henry Abbott goes into detail on his view that Kobe Bryant isn't the king of clutch.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr provides a few tidbits from the Lakers' "All-Access Inside the Lines" dinner Thursday.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande shares some observations from "Lakers All-Access."
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer highlights Kevin Garnett's plan to sport the Celtics' all-time record against the Lakers on his shoe when the two teams square up Sunday.
--Use this handy map to spot where celebrities sit courtside at Lakers games.
--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones details Carl Landry's apology to his Kings teammates and coaching staff.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky sizes up the chances that Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom make the NBA All-Star team.
--The Riverside Preess-Enterprise's David Lassen looks at Gasol's belief that he could be picked to replace the injured Yao Ming at center for the All-Star game.
--Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby wonders which NBA teams would contract.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Jackson's comments about retirement.
--ESPN.com's Bill Simmons credits Bryant, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki for their longevity.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith expresses some love for Bryant.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford documents Bryant's scoring trek, noting that he's 12 points away from surpassing Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA list of all-time leading scorers.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down some numbers that highlight Bryant's improved efficiency.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore talks about the greatest Lakers of all time, from jersey numbers 30 to 39.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues that Ron Artest has found his groove.
--Lakers Nation's Fern Rea looks at the best "tough it out moments" in team history.
Tweet of the Day: "PS: Thx to NBA.com for giving me 2 yrs of its upcoming package of yearly Kobe highlight reels (including his epic 2005 dunk over Howard)." -- sportsguy33 (ESPN.com's Bill Simmons)
Reader Comment of the Day: Weighing in on the issues of the day: 1) PJ is one of the handful of greatest coaches ever in the NBA. As a Laker fan, I feel immensely fortunate that he came here and brought us 7 Finals trips and 5 titles ... so far. The fact his owner, GM and players all want him to come back shows that the old dude is still getting it done. But for him I think this is the end of the road. SO SEND HIM OFF WITH ANOTHER TITLE. Phil not only gets the game, he gets the rhythms of an 82 game season and how to deal with players. He was brilliant with Shaq and Kobe for 3 years, letting them blow off steam during the season, but geeting them on the same page when the playoffs came around.
2) LakerTom, I love what you do here and your passion for Drew. That said, I agree with Drew that he has not been an All-Star yet, playing regularly and consistently at that level. On the other hand, with Yao and Oden out, the West is a bit thin on real centers. Al Jefferson is deserving. Tyson Chandler has made a difference in Dallas. Pau played a lot of center. But if you wanted to pick a true big man to battle Dwight Howard, Drew is the only one standing, and he is playing well. It's borderline.
3) Both Phil and Jerry have been talking about the Celtics recently, and I agree with them. Miami is good but Boston is the team I would pick coming out of the East. They are so big and deep inside with Perkins, Garnett, Shaq, Davis, O'Neill. Pierce and Allen are getting older, but they are still Pierce and Allen. And Rondo is a quick, quality PG. They defend well, they efficient on offense and they are tough and smart and battle-tested. Another Boston-LA series would be another great series. Who would win? Toss a coin, just like last year." -- Tom Daniels
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant and the Lakers host the Sacramento Kings Friday at Staples Center before their anticipated rematch Sunday with their NBA Finals opponent, the Boston Celtics. Credit: Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times