Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for Charlotte Bobcats
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains the Lakers' decision not to pick up any players on the waiver wire.Bresnahan will also have a live chat here at The Times' Lakers blog Friday at 2:30 p.m.
--VideoNuze's video industry analyst Will Richmond writes an op-ed piece in The Times that criticizes the Lakers' Time Warner deal.
--The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell believes the Bobcats will struggle against the Lakers this time around.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Phil Jackson's plan to talk to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak about possibly adding another player from the waiver wire.
--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman believes Kobe Bryant should've been more sensitive to Turkey's history vis-a-vis the Armenians before accepting an endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky muses over Matt Barnes' belief that the Lakers do have a switch, which directly contradicts the assessment from Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant that there isn't such a thing.
--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko highlights Dirk Nowitzki's belief that the Lakers are still the team to beat.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford noticed somebody wrote "Happy Valentine's Day" in big red letters on a whiteboard inside the Lakers' practice facility, a clear reference to the team's 20-point loss that day to the Charlotte Bobcats.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the Lakers' progression on defense.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders why the Lakers can't beat the Bobcats lately.
--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap offers quick-hit thoughts on various Laker topics.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wonders how important it is for the Lakers to have the second seed in the Western Conference.
Tweet of the Day:"Vibe feels good for Tex Winter to gain the Hall of Fame. So hard to trust politics. Won't believe it til I see it. Shoulda happened long ago" --- lazenby (Longtime Lakers author Roland Lazenby)
Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers shouldn't be mad at Charlotte. The Bobcats did what they were supposed to do. The Lakers should be mad at themselves for not competing in the Charlotte and Cleveland games and going on their All Star break 2 games early. "I thought our players really quit playing out there on the floor," Jackson said. "It was a game they didn't continue to compete. That bothered me." Bothered me, too. I hope the Lakers take care of business on Friday." -- bronxlakerfan
Photo: Charlotte point guard D.J. Augustin scoops a shot past Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in the first half of the Lakers' 109-89 loss Feb. 14 to the Bobcats.