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Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoying the All-Star break

February 19, 2011 |  8:30 am

59523322--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Dwight Howard avoiding questions about the Lakers. Bresnahan also explains why Kobe Bryant isn't worried about the team's play.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the medical timetables for Matt Barnes (who will be back by early March) and Theo Ratliff (who could be out for the season) Turner and the Times' Baxter Holmes also report that the players union and owners have a long ways to go before reaching an agreement.

--The Times' Mark Heisler argues Dwight Howard would be a good fit for the Lakers.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke believes the Lakers need to make a trade.

--The Times' Bill Dwyre explains how the death of Jerry West's brother, David, affected his life.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes details Jerry West's statue unveiling.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore highlights Derek Fisher's contention that the NBA Labor talks were constructive.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr provides snapshots of West's statue unveiling.

--The Daily News' Phil Collin details NBA All-Star history in Los Angeles.

--The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth argues that the Lakers' deal with Time Warner Cable will negatively affect fans.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky can't think of a more talented starting five than Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Greg Patton analyzes the state of the Lakers.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports the Lakers unsuccessfully pursued Kirk Hinrich.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi looks at how the Lakers' Showtime Era was built.

--The Daily News' Jill Painter calls Jerry West the "King of Los Angeles."

--The Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones reports there will be a Broadway play about Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.'s Mike Trudell highlights the All-Star media sessions with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.

--Fox Sports' Matt Smith argues the Lakers don't care about their poor play.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides some quick-hit thoughts on All-Star weekend.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore shares some color from the NBA All-Star game.

Tweet of the Day: "There's actually some thawing in the NBA's labor talks, due only to the presence of Derek Fisher in the discussions." -- lazenby (Longtime Laker author Roland Lazenby)

Reader Comment of the Day: "The more I hear Jerry West speak, the more I appreciate him." -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers great Jerry West and his statue after an unveiling ceremony at Staples Center on Thursday. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times