Caught in the Web: Finishing up exit interviews
--The Times' Mark Heisler provides countless anecdotes on what made Phil Jackson fun to cover.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Kobe Bryant's belief that the Lakers can win a championship next season even with the same roster.
--The Times' Andrea Chang explains how local businesses have been hurt because of the Lakers' early elimination.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande attempts to make sense of what led to the Lakers' downward spiral.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick looks at who might be the team's next head coach.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues that the L.A. area didn't know Jackson all that well.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders if the Lakers need Dwight Howard.
---The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers simply need a better Kobe Bryant.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss in their latest podcast what went wrong with the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi looks at the possible coaching candidates.
--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues the Lakers' early playoff exit most affects Brian Shaw, who isn't guaranteed to be the Lakers' next head coach.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne looks at the relationship between Bryant and Jackson.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears has this interesting quote from Bryant on the supposed rift between he and Pau Gasol, which both have staunchly rejected: "It’s just not true,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. "I don’t know who, where it’s from or who said this or what. It’s just not true. It’s just not true. Pau and I, we know that. It sucks for him to have that kind of stuff going on with his family or whatever he has going on. It couldn’t further from the truth. The only beef that we have is when I call him soft, he gets upset when I call him soft. That’s it."
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that the Lakers have a lot of interest in Rick Adelman.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers will be more boring without Jackson around.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides a few "fast-break" thoughts.
--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap wonders the merits of Lakers management "blowing up" the roster.
Tweet of the Day:"My boss & friend Jerry Buss always comes out on top in situations like this… he will make the right decisions ... Who will coach the @Lakers? If that really was Phil Jackson's last game - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "1. Everyone knew the Lakers would have to pound the ball inside to take advantage of their size. The Lakers didn't pound the ball inside. 2. Everyone knew the Lakers would have to play solid, energetic team defense. The Lakers didn't play defense. 3. Everyone knew the Lakers would have to play tough and physical to intimidate opponents and not let them grow confident. The Lakers didn't play physical and consistently let players penetrate without consequence. This isn't rocket science. This isn't some grand mystery of life. The Lakers played lazy, stupid and without heart... so we got humiliated as a result. Pathetic." -- Jon. K
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Phil Jackson answers questions from reporters at the team's practice facility in El Segundo on Wednesday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / May 11, 2011.