Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Memphis Grizzlies
--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the praise Lakers Coach Phil Jackson gave Pau Gasol.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes that Lamar Odom has handled his NBA All-Star omission well.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin reflects on Kobe Bryant's first NBA All-Star game.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders what's more awkward: Odom's unisex fragrance ad or Bryant's recent photo shoot.
--Fox Sports Southwest's Mike Piellucci argues that other NBA teams shouldn't trade with the Lakers.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford credits Jackson for pushing Gasol.
--Fox Sports' Billy West explains why the Lakers aren't fully satisfied with what Andrew Bynum has brought to the team thus far.
--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery highlights Sam Young's emergence.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell features some of the Lakers' Super Bowl picks.
--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap features Bryant as the Lakers' player of the week.
Tweet of the Day:"Lakers rookie Derrick Caracter just got off the treadmill at 1:08 am in Memphis. Apparently learning from Kobe & Artest." -- Lakers Reporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)
Reader Comment of the Day:"Watching Pau play more aggressively against the Hornets was a positive sign. While he does at times seem to be complaining or disapproving of how Kobe is playing, the truth is that he desperately needs Kobe’s approval to validate his standing in the league and he realizes it. That’s why he has suddenly responded to the criticism about his play. He will do anything to win Kobe’s approval and praise." -- Laker Tom
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Memphis' Tony Allen tries to cut off Kobe Bryant in the Lakers' 104-85 loss to the Grizzlies on Jan. 2 . Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters