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Caught in the Web: Mitch Kupchak open to trades

February 1, 2011 | 10:33 am

47516146--The Times' Broderick Turner reports that Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak expressed consideration for making a trade.

--The Times' T.J. Simers expresses amusement over concern regarding the Lakers' struggles.'s David Aldridge lists a few things to take away from the Lakers-Celtics game and has an extensive Q&A with Joe Smith.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes the Lakers' inconsistencies on defense.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer blames the Lakers' stagnant offense both on Kobe Bryant and the team's front line.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen believes concern regarding the Lakers' struggles is overstated.

Feigen also highlights the possibility that the Rockets will feature three guards against the Lakers.'s Scott Howard-Cooper also reports that Kupchak is considering a trade.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the upcoming week.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen compares and contrasts the media's negative questions regarding the state of the Lakers and the team's optimistic responses to them.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins details the Lakers' struggles in the video below.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe doesn't believe Kupchak will make a trade.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes how the Lakers haven't done well on their home court.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford also focuses on Kupchak's consideration that the Lakers might make a trade.'s Mike Trudell breaks down Monday's practice.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark says the Celtics exposed the triangle's weaknesses.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano scrutinizes Pau Gasol's play.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz focuses on the Lakers' optimism.

Tweet of the Day:

"Cuban tells @dpshow he would have no problem offering Phil Jackson a job if the @Lakers coach were available." -- Andrew Siciliano (DIRECTV Red Zone Channel's Andrew Siciliano)

Reader Comment of the Day:

"This trade talk is bordering on the ridiculous. I simply cannot imagine a scenario in which Phil in his final year would agree to such a drastic move with less than half a season to go. Ain't gonna happen! Fuggedaboutit. If anything, I can see Phil taking it as a personal challenge to show all the naysayers that he can and will take this personally handpicked team all the way to #17...or go down in flames trying. I still like our chances with this exact team. Stay the course. Damn the torpedoes. Full steam ahead." -- Corner J

--- Mark Medina

Photo: Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak told The Times' Broderick Turner that he'd consider making a trade because of the team's poor play. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times.

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