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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 97-84 victory over Orlando Magic

March 15, 2011 | 10:30 am


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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers maintained their dominance in a 97-84 victory Monday over the Orlando Magic.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes the Lakers' intensity in their victory over Orlando.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen credits Andrew Bynum and the Lakers' bench in securing a win over Orlando.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz focuses on the Magic's second-half collapse.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the efforts Kobe Bryant and Bynum provided against the Magic.


--The Times' Broderick Turner credits Bryant for playing with a sprained left ankle.


--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen details which teams the Lakers are monitoring in the standings.

Lakers forward Ron Artest recently appeared in a music video for his single, "Peanut Butter."


--The Times' Mark Heisler wonders if the Lakers will pick Magic center Dwight Howard over Bynum in 2012.'s Steve Aschburner says that Bryant's post-game shooting session after last week's loss to Miami was simply therapeutic.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton highlights Derek Fisher's contributions against Orlando.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Schmitz and Zach McCann detail the inconsistent play from Jameer Nelson and Hedo Turkoglu.

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker details how Bynum continues to provide inspired play.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz credits Bynum for holding his own against Howard.


--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi breaks down the Lakers' victory over Orlando.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky features postgame videos.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights 10 things to take away from the Lakers' win over the Magic.'s Mike Trudell dissects the game in a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark, Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano and Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian break down Bynum's play.

Fisher and Shannon Brown will appear on NBC's "Minute to Win It" on Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. ET). The show will feature them playing various games, including building a three-level pyramid of 15 paper reams on a table, to win money for their respective charities -- the University of Arkansas Foundation Inc., and the Shannon Brown Foundation.

Radio Interview: I spoke with 1430 ESPN Radio (Fresno, Calif.) today about the Lakers' current play

Mark Medina on ESPN Radio March 15, 2011

Tweet of the Day: "I fully expect @ronartest to have his own brand of peanut butter this summer." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day Award: Longtime Lakers blog member Rick Friedman recently passed away, a tragic loss both for his family and the Lakers blog community as he tried to fight through cancer. On a personal note, words wouldn't do justice in describing my appreciation for the support and constructive feedback Rick provided me when I took over the blog last year. His enthusiasm epitomized what's made it so great to interact with the regulars here on a daily basis. I plan in the next few days to feature a post that highlights the best comments he's made over the years and possibly a Lakers blog profile.

I've also decided to rename the reader comment of the day award in his honor. It had been a running joke within the Lakers blog that this award was always his to keep, but that spoke more to his passion and amazing insights on the Lakers. So for now, it'd only be fitting to feature a comment Rick made that shows his appreciation for what the Lakers blog community meant to him:

"Dear friends, There are no words adequate enough to express my appreciation for your support and well wishes these past few weeks. I've been on a whirlwind impossible to explain or understand. But your encouragement, friendship, whatever one might call it, has been so very inspiring. I'm now home with Mission #1 to restore my health. Thank you Laker Nation, for everything. More soon." -- Rick Friedman, Nov. 5, 2010.

-- Mark Medina

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