Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 102-98 victory over Philadelphia 76ers
--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers' ugly effort in their 102-98 victory New Year's Eve against the Philadelphia 76ers.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains why the Lakers needed to work harder for their win over Philadelphia.
--The Philadelphia Inquirer's Kate Fagan credits the 76ers' scrappiness against the Lakers.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's David Lassen credits the Lakers' frontline and Kobe Bryant's heroics for securing the victory.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford notes the Lakers have put poor performances like they did against the 76ers plenty of times already.
--The Times' Turner details Phil Jackson's contention that this is truly his last year coaching.
--The Orange County Register's Carr explains why Jackson believes the tension the Lakers had last week was good for the team.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Lassen also looks at how the tension helped the Lakers iron out their issues.
--The Daily Breeze's Teaford details Jackson's time serving as a Bulls assistant under current Sixers Coach Doug Collins.
--The Times' Jim Peltz focuses on Kobe Bryant's performance.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz looks at the possibility of a Lamar Odom-Khloe Kardashian reality T.V. show.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano explains how the Lakers nearly lost to the Sixers.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark isn't surprised with the Lakers' poor execution.
Tweet of the Day: "At this rate, Joe Smith may never make an appearance as a Laker this season." -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)
Reader Comment of the Day: "A mixed bag. LO looked great on offense, but conceded too much at the rim on defense. Poor defensive rotation overall. More sloppy offense that leads to transition baskets on defense. Kobe looked sharp, neither fingers nor knees seemed to bother him. Bynum rebounded and challenged Philly when they penetrated, but was too passive on offense in terms of establishing position and demanding the ball. Pau played well on offense, stepping out and driving both. Fish shot poorly, mostly due to poor shot selection. Shannon not much better. Artest found a nice offensive rhythm. Should have been an easy win, but it was a struggle." -- Tom Daniels
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant finishes off a dunk over 76ers forward Andres Nocioni in the first half Friday night. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times