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Caught in the Web: L.A. Times' Mark Medina guest judge with former Laker A.C. Green in NBA/Sprite Los Angeles Amateur Dunk Contest

May 14, 2011 |  9:00 am

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, sharing a laugh with guard Kobe Bryant enjoy a laugh before a Lakers game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center, would be a valuable piece in any trade talks. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times. The headline says it all.

Former Laker A.C. Green and I will be part of the judging panel overseeing the NBA/Sprite Los Angeles Amateur Dunk Contest at the Universal City Walk today at 4 p.m. The event is free, you can get directions here and it should be a beautiful day. All I know is that by disclosing this to the general public, I might rouse further heckling for giving a dunker the wrong score. In the meantime, below are some links.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan pretends he's Mitch Kupchak for a day and comes up with five trade scenarios.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick updates the Lakers' coaching search. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr believes the Lakers should pick Brian Shaw as their next head coach. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer believes the Lakers could pick Rick Adelman just "strangely send a shot at Phil [Jackson]."

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky looks at what it would take for Orlando center Dwight Howard to come to the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne mentions the Lakers have reached out to former Lakers and Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy, who is on the "short list" to succeed Jackson. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky doesn't think Dunleavy would be a good fit for the Lakers. 

--ESPN.com's Bill Simmons has lunch with Jackson and comes away with plenty of interesting observations. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell looks at Kobe Bryant's All-NBA selection. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark takes a look back at the Lakers' Showtime Era. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes Mitch Kupchak will be patient with the coaching search. 

Tweet of the Day: "You don't have to be a Laker fan to be a Ron Artest fan....but it helps" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I wouldn't mind seeing B. Shaw take a run at it. Riles was a rookie coach as was Dunleavy if I'm not mistaken, Lakers have a history of giving younger coaches a shot and Shaw certainly knows his way around the players." -- Ken

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, sharing a laugh with guard Kobe Bryant enjoy a laugh before a Lakers game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center, would be a valuable piece in any trade talks. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.


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