Caught in the Web: Lakers plan to pay next coach half of Phil Jacksons' salary
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports the new Lakers coach can expect an annual salary of $3 million to $5 million, a dropoff to the salary of Phil Jackson, whom Bresnahan reported made $12 million during the 2009-10 season before taking a paycut down to $10 million.
--We're also going to have a live chat today at 10:30 a.m. Bring your questions!
-Lakers owner Jerry Buss will talk to Sirius/XM Radio on channel 102 from 1 1-3 p.m. today. It'll be interesting to hear how much he's willing to reveal about the coaching search, the impending lockout and the Lakers' disappointing playoff finish.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr talks to former Laker James Worthy about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's recent gripes about not having a statue.
--Forbes.com's Alana Glass argues the Lakers should treat Abdul-Jabbar with more respect.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky provides a report card for Jackson.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky criticizes the NBA's decision for its explanation on why it fined Kobe Bryant more than Joakim Noah for uttering an anti-gay slur.
--Fox Sports West's Matt "Money" Smith argues the Lakers should look for a coach that's defensive-minded.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues the Lakers shouldn't worry about Brian Shaw lacking head coaching experience.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Derek Fisher's "Iron Man" streak.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore looks at some Laker trades he'd like to see.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues the Lakers shouldn't run a pick-and-roll offense.
Tweet of the Day:"Tyson was the most entertaining Nothing like him ever He is special Unreal Will there ever be another Tyson ? No. Im not a PAC hater Just a mayweather fan But right now PAC n Bernard are the best in the sport Ward is third I want Marquez vs pac. Marquez is the best pure counter puncher in the game He n Bernard are the smartest to me Then Floyd Then PAC PAC more athletic because he play ball. But I'm not gonna agree wit u guys because yal want me too I have my own opinions It is what it is cry babies." -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The bottom line is that the slur is used as a generic slur as well as a gay slur. It started off as the latter and has, over time, become the former. Doesn't make it right, but many of the players uttering this in probably every single game, don't intend it as an anti-gay slur." -- Tim-4-Show
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Photo: Whoever becomes the next Lakers coach probably will be making less than half of what Phil Jackson was being paid in salary. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 3, 2010.