Caught in the Web: Ron Artest, and others, talk about the talk about an Artest trade
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Ron Artest's contention that he's happy with the Lakers.
-- AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick has an extensive Q&A with Artest.
-- Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer believes the Artest situation is unpredictable.
-- ESPN Los Angeles Brian Kamenetzky analyzes Artest's comments.
-- NBA.com debates whether or not Kobe Bryant is a ballhog.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Tuesday's practice.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes Artest isn't going anywhere.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore analyzes the Artest trade situation.
--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins argues in the video below that the Lakers should trade Artest, but doubts anyone would want him.
Tweet of the Day: "would yal shut up. the trade talk was false." --- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Reader Comment of the Day: "I think that everyone underestimates the difficulty of a 3-peat. It is hard enough to motivate yourself to do a repeat. A 3-peat is 3 times as hard as winning a championship. The key is positioning your team so they are not burnt out at the end of the season so they can peak at the right time. At the end of the season the spurs will be burnt out just like Dallas and Cleveland and everyone else that had great seasons and no rings. Phil has 3-peats because he knows how far to push his team. Pau started the season burning up the league, then he pulled back.
Its not that he can't play hard, he just can't keep it up that long. Give them a break, let them coast through the mid-season. The only fresh blood the Lakers need is Barnes for energy and Ratliff to crack some heads. Phil isn't worried, he has done this before. I know it would make everyone feel better for the Lakers to play all out the whole season. Phil knows that does not win championships. Take a deep breath and have a little faith." -- bruman
Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest says he's happy playing in Los Angeles and has denied a report that said he wanted to be traded. Credit: Kelvin Kuo/U.S. Presswire