Caught in the Web: Collection of Lakers' offseason links
-- The Times' Jerry Crowe wonders why Kobe Bryant has still refused to publicly comment on the Mike Brown hire.
-- I talk to Lakers forward Matt Barnes about the progress on his surgically repaired right knee. He expects to be able to start running in a week and a half.
-- CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the Trail Blazers, Lakers and Hawks are among the teams that made "exploratory calls" after finding out the Warriors and 76ers were discussing a possible Monta Ellis for Andre Iguodala trade.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues that the Lakers need speed and athleticism.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin also details Barnes' MRI results.
-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller focuses on Bryant's endurance.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports that Derek Fisher went out to eat with Brown to talk about the Lakers.
Tweet(s) of the Day: "@ESPNLandOLakers Too much thinking at the wrong time is disastrous. Big reason Kobe is so special."
"@lazenby Agreed, but even Kobe isn't immune. By this own admission, Game 7 against Boston was an over-thought struggle. AK" -- Exchange between Lakers author Roland Lazenby and ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky on LeBron James' fourth-quarter collapse in Game 5 of the 2011 NBA Finals.
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I am rooting for Mavs in this Finals matchup. Isn't it nice to actually root for a team that shows grit and makes a game of it every game in this matchup? Haven't seen that predictability out of the Lakers for a year. I'm glad to see other teams get a dose of that lights out shooting we had to endure against the Mavs..........the kind we need to get on this team ASAP!" -- NuggetsCountry
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Photo: Kobe Bryant announces the formation of the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation during a news conference Tuesday at My Friend's Place, an organization in Hollywood dedicated to helping homeless young people. Credit: Reed Savon / Associated Press