Caught in the Web: Lakers prepare for New Orleans Hornets
--The Times' Mark Heisler still believes the Lakers are favored to win the NBA championship.
--The Times-Picayune's John DeShazier details the responsibility Chris Paul has in carrying the Hornets against the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the Lakers-Hornets series in their latest podcast with Hornets247.com's Michael McNamara.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin doesn't find the Lakers-Hornets series that intriguing.
--The Times' Picayune's John Reid looks at the tough assignment Trevor Ariza has in guarding Bryant.
--ESPN.com's Rick Reilly shares his playoff picks.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford also details Bynum's readiness for Game 1.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz explains why the Lakers like the spaced out schedule.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das provides a position-by-position breakdown with the Lakers-Hornets series.
Tweet of the Day: "Now I have even MORE time to annoy Steve with: Drink more water! Take your meds! Take ur vitamins! Don't scratch! Get in the oatmeal bath!" -- KristenBlake2 (Kristen Blake, wife of Lakers guard Steve Blake, who currently has chicken pox)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I hope that when Jackson does retire he goes all out and says as many bad things as he wants about the NBA. Do interview after interview telling what he thinks and feels and really lets loose. Then The NBA cant fine him...unlesss....Jjackson still wants to be apart of the league then maybe he shoudlnt do that then...but then...if he is going to retire and is not going to work with the NBA, then go all out...let loose.....after he retires say all the things he wants to say....tell all the things he wants to tell....." -- DJ Bobby
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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, left, calls for a team trainer as he is helped off the court by teammate Pau Gasol during the Lakers' victory over San Antonio on Tuesday. Bynum will play Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against New Orleans. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / April 12, 2011