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Caught in the Web: Lakers express appreciation for Lamar Odom

March 22, 2011 | 10:26 am

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--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Lakers Coach Phil Jackson considers Lamar Odom to be "invaluable."

--NBA.com's David Aldridge reports for NBA TV a heartwarming story on Lakers assistant Brian Shaw and the untimely deaths of his mother, father and sister in an automobile accident in 1993.

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom looks at the NBA's most improved players.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Odom takes his changed roles in stride.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro breaks down the chances the Suns have in making the playoffs.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer looks at how Kobe Bryant is handling his injuries.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin puts the Lakers at No. 1 in his latest power rankings.

--Helin also found this link via NBC Miami that features Lakers forward Ron Artest talking with Peter Bailey at a Miami club.

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

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe argues that Andrew Bynum's suspension was warranted.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin says Odom should win the Sixth Man of the Year award.

--Fox Sports' West's Matt Smith wonders why Phil Jackson is receiving more of a tribute for his last season.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how Bynum has handled the two-game suspension.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Monday's practice.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano also argues that Odom should win Sixth Man of the Year.

Photo Caption Contest of the Day: "Dude, I'm Ron Fricken Artest. Haven't you seen the Malice at the Palace video on YouTube?" -- Jon K.

Tweet of the Day: "Suns vs Lakers should be a good one tomorrow. Both teams don't like each other because they have faced one another so much in the playoffs." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Fisher is still the dean of PG's in NBA. He knows how to pace himself though you can't expect him to be at pace with D'Rose, D'Williams, CP3, Rondo. He can't beat them in a 100 meter dash but when playoffs comes especially on close game, that is where you will find Fisher shines. Fisher as an experienced bravado is more sturdy and a fighter as a player." -- Edwin Gueco

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom tries to pry a rebound from the grasp of Blazers center Marcus Camby in the second half Sunday at Staples Center. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press.


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