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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 108-83 victory over Detroit Pistons

January 5, 2011 |  1:10 pm


Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan looks at all the drama entering the Lakers' 108-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore notes that the Lakers overcame all the distractions for at least one game.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details how the Lakers got back on track.

--The Detroit Free Press' Vince Ellis examines the Pistons' second-half meltdown.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen focuses on the Lakers' dominance over Detroit.


--The Times' Bresnahan and myself report on the back-and-forth exchange between Mark Cuban, Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore highlights Jackson's belief that the Lakers are suffering a New Year's Eve hangover.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen focuses on Jackson clarifying the Ron Artest situation.


--The Times' Kevin Baxter highlights Kobe Bryant surpassing Dominique Wilkins for 10th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.'s Ric Bucher reports that Lakers forward Pau Gasol missed the entire morning shootaround prior to a double-digit loss Sunday to Memphis.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus describes Bryant's contention that the Lakers had worse issues to deal with in the 2001-02 season.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Artest loudly confronted Jackson about the coach's public criticisms, an event Jackson confirmed but said wasn't loud.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz reports Bryant's statement that he didn't plant the various stories surrounding Artest and Gasol.


--The Times' Bill Plaschke reports that Artest is far from happy about the leak of the story concerning his confrontation with Jackson.

--The Times' T.J. Simers criticizes some of Wojnarowski's reporting regarding the Artest-Jackson situation.

--The Orange County Register's Ding credits Bryant's pre-game speech.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues that the Lakers' defense could be their "salvation."

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton maintains that the Lakers' win against Detroit doesn't really cure anything.


--The Times' Broderick Turner reports Shannon Brown won't participate in the slam dunk contest this year.

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman expresses amusement over three Lakers having faulty iPhone alarm clocks.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky analyzes a few Lakers statistics.'s Sekou Smith looks at all the Lakers' drama.'s Mike Trudell dissects the Lakers' victory with a running diary and postgame numbers.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano analyzes the Lakers' beatdown.

--Silver Screen and Rolls' DexterFishmore was impressed with the Lakers' performance.

Tweet of the Day: "THX DAD 4 BUYING ME SUCH A GOOD "GIFT"! >RT @LATimesLakers: Mark Cuban refers to Phil Jackson as Jeanie Buss' 'boy toy' -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers looked like themselves last night ... not some bizarro mutant version of the Lakers." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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