Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 108-83 victory over Detroit Pistons
--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.
--ESPN.com'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.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith looks at all the Lakers' drama.
--Lakers.com'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' http://lat.ms/dRPmdY -- 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.
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