Caught in the Web: Jim Buss talks to The Times' T.J. Simers about hiring Mike Brown
--The Times' T.J. Simers talks to Lakers executive Jim Buss, who says the Lakers interviewed three coaching candidates and acknowledges he should've told Kobe Bryant ahead of time the Lakers were hiring Mike Brown.
--The Times' Mark Heisler shares a pessimistic view regarding whether there will be an NBA lockout.
--The Times' Chris Dufresne talks to former colleagues and players of Lakers Coach Mike Brown.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talks to Clippers guard Mo Williams about playing for Brown.
--The New York Times' Peter May argues Brown's arrival ushers in a new era for the Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker looks at who the Lakers could take in the NBA Draft.
Tweet of the Day: "Top five sexy female stars Halle berry Meagan fox Nicole from pussy cat dolls Shakira Gabriel union" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers biggest need is at point guard. Right behind that would be a scorer from small forward position. The Lakers two strengths are at shooting guard and in the frontcourt. Moving L.O. or Pau should be only to bring in a point guard or a small forward. Dwight Howard is lurking, everyone is waiting for him to go 'Melo on the Magic and demand a trade - but the fact is we have an excellent, young center (despite a lot of unwarranted bashing around these parts!) so Dwight is NOT as important as picking up a premiere point guard, CP3 for instance would be infinitely more valuable a pickup than Howard.
If we trade a core-piece of this team, L.O. probably would have the highest trade value coming off his 6th man award and incredible versatility. If Mitch is able to get any value at all for Luke or Ron Ron they should scrap the plans for the Kareem statue and depict him instead. As for the Finals: GO MAV'S! Prediction: Heat in 6 AS ALWAYS - AND FOREVER - GO LAKERS!!!!!!" -- CyberCosmiX
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Photo: Jim Buss fields a reporter's questions at the team's training facility in El Segundo. Credit: Los Angeles Times/ August 23, 2005.