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Caught in the Web: Lakers preparing for matchup with New Orleans

March 27, 2011 | 12:41 pm

Derek-fisher_350 --The Times' T.J. Simers argues Derek Fisher might be the best team player on the Lakers. Simers also takes to task the commenters who criticize Fisher.

--The Times' Mark Heisler profiles Elgin Baylor and his early, rising-star days with the Lakers.

--The Times' Broderick Turner details the Lakers' reserves' recent struggles.

--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine pokes fun at the Lakers humiliating Clippers center Chris Kaman.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss Andrew Bynum, the New Orleans Hornets and bad songs in their latest podcast.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin catches up with former Lakers forward Trevor Ariza.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller looks at how the Lakers stir drama no matter what the outcome.

--The Times-Picayune's Jimmy Smith looks at how the Hornets will try to overcome David West's injury.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford also highlights Jackson's defense of Fisher.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell, Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore and previews the Lakers-Hornets game.

Tweet of the Day: "The key To hard work for me is no alcohol. Floyd Mayweather can party hard, have fun and not drink!! My body and mind has been good since!!" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Brown and Blake are probably dribbling around a bit much because the natural reflexes/triggers are not ingrained in their brains yet...an extra dribble or two, throws the other players off, worsening the offense...until it becomes natural, this is a result. Once they stop having to think, and just trust the flow of the offense, as long as the other players are making their rotations, then their "over-dribbling" will cease. Long live "The Fisher King"...." -- humanomaly

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers point guard Derek Fisher cuts off a drive by Clippers point guard Mo Williams during a 112-104 victory Friday night at Staples Center. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire


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