Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 104-99 loss to Cleveland Cavaliers
--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the Lakers' frustration following their 104-99 loss Wednesday to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
--The Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer details how the Cavaliers managed a Lakers upset.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford has the perfect headline in his game story: "Lakers turn out to be the punchline in Cleveland."
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues the Lakers hit rock bottom with their loss to Cleveland.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports among other things that Lakers forward Ron Artest "irritated the upper reaches of the Lakers" by jokingly spraying a TV reporter with Lamar Odom "Unbreakable" cologne. Bresnahan also has some interesting nuggets on the 1964 NBA All-Star game where players threatened not to play.
--The Times' graphics department provides a statistical breakdown comparing Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports Cleveland wants to see what kind of assets they can sign using their $14.6-million trade exception from LeBron James' departure and also plans to use cap space for draft picks and young talent.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi highlights Jerry Buss' optimism about the team.
--NBA.com's Brian Dulik presents a few nuggets from the Lakers-Cavs game.
--The Daily News' Teaford features the Lakers' sympathy for Cleveland's struggles. That was shared during the game, so those feelings likely changed.
--The Orange County Register's Whicker highlights Andrew Bynum's belief that the Lakers need to hone in on fundamentals and reports that backup center Theo Ratliff experienced setbacks during his rehab.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande predicts tougher times ahead for the Lakers.
--The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth suggests a few things you can do at Jam Session.
--Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico thinks the Lakers have hit rock bottom.
--Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Johnson argues the Cavs gained respect by beating the Lakers.
--The Plain Dealer's Bill Livingston joked that Ramon Sessions was a miniaturized version of LeBron James.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky wonders where the Lakers go from here.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell presents a running diary of the Lakers-Cavs game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore argues the Lakers' loss to Cleveland ruined their All-Star weekend.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano isn't worried about the long-term implications the Lakers' loss to Cleveland will have. But he's no doubt angry and upset.
---Lakers Nation's Fern Rea argues a hard cap would yield negative consequences for the Lakers.
--Will KCAL-9's sideline reporter John Ireland really walk from Cleveland to L.A?
Tweet of the Day: "CHECK OUT THE MIXTAPE PROMO THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT SORRY FOR THE LOST http://noyseworks.com/download/ron_artest_promo.mp4 FIRE FIYAHH!!!" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest exhibited extremely poor timing by tweeting this a half hour after the Lakers' loss to Cleveland).
Reader Comment of the Day: "That was the one game that I knew would cause the heads to roll. Now we'll find out if my belief pans out. Not that the team needs to panic, but the message is heard loud and clear: shape up like right now or some other team gets to enjoy the parade festivities. If management is cool with that and trust that the last 4 months mean nothing, then they'll do nothing. If management believes the season is just practice and the team has been practicing how to lose, then they'll attempt to remedy the situation." -- Tim-4-Show
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant takes a seat on the bench next to guard Steve Blake after Bryant drew his second personal foul and was hit with a technical in the first quarter Wednesday night. Credit: Jason Miller / US Presswire