Lakers Now

Round-the-Clock Purple and Gold

« Previous Post | Lakers Now Home | Next Post »

Caught in the Web: Lakers begin their offseason

May 10, 2011 |  8:00 am

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson listens to the national anthem before the start of Game 3 of the 2009 NBA Finals in Orlando, Fla. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times --The Times' Mark Heisler presents a five-step plan on how the Lakers can address their offseason.

--The Times' Broderick Turner looks at the possible candidates to replace Phil Jackson as the Lakers' coach.

--The Times' Lisa Dillman reflects on Jackson's storied career.

--The Times' Chris Erskine blames the Lakers for folding under adversity.

--The Times' presents a photo gallery highlighting Jackson's playing and coaching career.

--The New York Times' Harvey Araton talks to Jerry Krause, who will only shake Jackson's hand during Tex Winter's Hall of Fame induction this summer. 

--The New York Post's Marc Berman reports the Jackson hasn't ruled out coaching other teams besides the Lakers, including the New York Knicks in 2012. 

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues that the Lakers simply need rest.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains the Lakers' unraveling with a slide show.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer wonders what Kobe Bryant is doing on the NBA's all-defensive team.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin doesn't believe Jackson would ever coach the Knicks or any other NBA team for that matter. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky looks at the unpredictable storylines surrounding the Lakers.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen maintains that all the basketball mileage and fatigue caught up with the Lakers.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe questions Bryant's selection to the NBA's all-defensive team. 

--The Daily News' Jill Painter wonders what's gone wrong with Los Angeles' sports teams.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton says the Lakers don't need to overhaul their roster. They just need a tuneup.

--Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick talks with Jerry West, who expresses embarrassment over the Lakers losing and Andrew Bynum's ejection. 

--The Chicago Sun-Times' Richard Roeper believes the Lakers play in Game 4 against Dallas ended Jackson's coaching career on a humiliating note. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne provides a detailed account of the Lakers' final game of the season.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith argues the Lakers need to trade Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest.'s Marc Stein believes this is truly it for Jackson.'s Mike Trudell and Ty Nowell present postcards from Dallas. 

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker argues that the Lakers should hire Brian Shaw as their next coach.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues the Lakers need to fix their attitude more than their personnel.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides a nuanced view of the Lakers' season. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the Lakers reached the end of an era. 

Tweet of the Day: "Unless teams are willing to trade with the Lakers, it would be impossible for this team to be blown up due to the cap." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' columnist Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"This will be an interesting offseason. Yes, the Lakers came apart in the playoffs. But the core of this team is still pretty damn good. And most of the guys the Lakers have some issue hanging over their head, which may lower their trade value. In other words, the core players will be worth more to LA than they would be in trade." -- Tom Daniels

E-mail the Lakers blog at

Photo: Lakers Coach Phil Jackson listens to the national anthem before the start of Game 3 of the 2009 NBA Finals in Orlando, Fla. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times