Caught in the Web: Lakers trade talk and Lakers-Celtics matchup
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner quote a Lakers official who says a four-player deal involving the Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest and the Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony and Al Harrington was never discussed.
--Turner details how the Lakers will try to get payback on the Celtics.
--The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow looks at the Celtics' injury-plagued lineup.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr calls Derek Fisher one of the NBA's good guys.
--The Boston Herald's Dan Duggan sizes up the importance of the Lakers-Celtics game from the Lakers' perspective.
--ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg wonders if Celtics guard Ray Allen purposely attempted only two field goals against Charlotte so he could break Reggie Miller's three-point scoring record against the Lakers in front of Miller as a TNT analyst.
--Fox Sports Florida's Sam Gardner wonders if Dwight Howard would leave Orlando for the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky asks readers if it's acceptable for the Lakers to sacrifice some of their ability to win a title this season if it meant helping secure the future?
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Andrew Bynum's reaction over the recent trade reports.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues the Lakers shouldn't pursue Anthony.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson argues Lakers forward Ron Artest should drive more to the basket.
--Fox Sports West's Matt "Money" Smith argues Melo wouldn't be a good fit for the Lakers, but believes the trade rumors are improving his stock.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears talks with Anthony, who said he might actually sign an extension with the Nuggets.
--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford has more on the Melo Drama.
--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen answers a question from Artest (supposedly).
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell notices the team handled the trade talk fairly well during Wednesday's practice.
--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn highlights Jackson's little dig at Allen on surpassing Miller's three-point record.
--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap breaks down Lamar Odom's shot attempts.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano notices a few trends in the Lakers' lineup combinations.
Tweet of the Day:"What's up everybody! This is Magic and I'm officially on Twitter!" -- MagicJohnson (Former Laker Magic Johnson)
Reader Comment of the Day:"This year the Celtics will have HCA and Perkins, add to that the Oneal's and a better overall bench the Lakers look to be in trouble unless Bynum turns into the second coming of a latter day Wilt. Tomorrow game will be an intriguing game on many levels A Laker loss adds another game to the "Practice Season" excuse makers. Realistic fans might find this a troubling trend. A win with an agressive Bynum and Artest raises deeper questions about motivation and work ethic. by the way, did anyone find it curious that Ray Allen took only two 3 point attempts last game. Anyone think he was stalling to break the record at home against the Lakers (and especially Kobe)?" -- Troll Man
Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, drives past Boston forward Paul Pierce during the Lakers' 109-96 loss on Jan. 30. The Lakers and Celtics will renew their rivalry Thursday in Boston. Credit: Jayne Jamin-Oncea/U.S. Presswire.