Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy the day off
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan believes the Lakers have a strong chance of securing second place in the Western Conference
--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury explains how Lakers forward Pau Gasol had once been in a similar position that Chris Bosh faces with the Heat.
--Orange County Register's Kevin Ding goes behind the scenes on the Lakers' recent four-game trip.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky questions Kobe Bryant's recent contention that having homecourt advantage is overrated.
--Dallas Morning New's Eddie Sefko argues the Lakers are better than the Mavericks.
--A Sports Illustrated NBA players poll shows Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy annoys most players during games, garnering 65% of the vote. Meanwhile, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and Nets Coach Scott Skiles come in a distant second, with both compiling 7%.
--Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Andrew Bynum's recent contributions.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an interesting Q&A with Gasol.
--Orange County Register's Mark Whicker looks at Lakers who played in the Final Four.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano offers a few fastbreak thoughts.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark looks at the effect Bynum has had on the Lakers.
Tweet of the Day: "Went to the Lakers practice facility on the team's off day to speak to visiting Cuse students. Who do I see? Kobe. Working on his day off." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day Award: "The win last night was great, but my mind and heart can't truly enjoy them right now. Just knowing that Rick will not post here anymore, or call me to say hey, or drop me an email telling me his thoughts about the last game...well it's just not computing right now. It's wrong. I'm so deeply saddened it's hard to even type this. I'm only here to pay my respects to my dear BFF. I'll miss you." -- justanothermambafan
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant, right, and the Lakers won't be hitting the road as much as Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks will be over the final month of the season. Credit: Matthew Emmons / U.S. Presswire