Caught in the Web: Lakers take the day off after embarrassing loss to Charlotte
--The Times' Bill Plaschke criticizes the Lakers' 20-year deal with Time Warner Cable.
--The Times' Lance Pugmire and Joe Flint detail the logistics behind the new cable deal.
--The Times' Kevin Baxter explains how the Lakers have expanded their Latino fanbase.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan detail the Lakers' frustration after double-digit losses to Orlando and Charlotte.
--Fox Sports ranks the Lakers at No. 6
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin analyzes the Lakers' cable deal.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders if Kobe Bryant should've sat out against the Bobcats because of his flu.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson argues no one will know if the Lakers are actually trying until the second round of the playoffs.
--Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg looks at how poorly the Cavaliers have played.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers are trying to get their act together.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Steve Blake's routine on the road.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker looks at how the Lakers had gone through inconsistent patches last season.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues Phil Jackson took the night off against Charlotte.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the Lakers need rest.
Tweet of the Day: "TOMORROW 10AM EST MY FIRST MIXTAPE RELEASE. "WHO ARE YOU" NAS FEAT. XIN XIN (SHIN SHIN) AND RON ARTEST SIRIUS 40 XM 67 HIPHOPNATION" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Reader Comment of the Day: "We used to discuss the fans at Staples when it comes to across the board increases. There could be a lockout between the owners and players, what about the fans? Who represents them? Nobody in the media give any credit to the fans who are the one responsible for paying salaries and the ROI of the owners. Well, BSPN and soon Time Warner are part of the problems, just follow the money and explains why we should get too emotional, too passionate about professional basketball. Someday in the future, we need "Campaign Egypt" in NBA, lock all these greedy forces from owners to players and media who milked at fans in general with poor entertainment with cheating refs. and manufactured news." -- Edwin Gueco
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Photo: Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson tries to holds his ground against Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the first half Monday night. Credit: Chris Keane / Reuters