Caught in the Web: The Times' Bill Plaschke proposes the Lakers make a trade for Dwight Howard
--The Times' Bill Plaschke proposes the Lakers trade Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom for Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick.
--The Times' Broderick Turner talks to former Laker Robert Horry about the passing of his 17-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, who spent her entire life battling a rare genetic condition.
--The Times' Lisa Dillman talks to Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss and others about Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
--The Times' Andrew Blankstein reports that seven members of a Los Angeles street gang were charged with kidnapping a man who claimed he had a sex tape featuring former Laker Shaquille O'Neal. Prosecutors indicate there is no evidence such a tape exists and that O'Neal is not involved in the case.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Ron Artest nearly became a Clipper.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reveals Kobe Bryant's taunt message toward LeBron James.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders if the 2012 Miami Heat will end up like the 2009 Lakers.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller contrasts Bryant to LeBron James this way: "Kobe is leaving a legacy of seizing the clutch moments. LeBron's reputation is one of being seized by the clutch moments."
Tweet of the Day: "I was going to write an article saying not only should LA trade for Dwight but also Durant, just sayin . . If only being a GM was that easy" -- EricPincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Mark Cuban wasn't afraid to keep spending to win a championship (re-signing Barea, bringing in Chandler, signing Peja). The Buss's turned uncharacteristically frugal and didn't resign Farmar, signed an over-the-hill Theo Ratliff, then didn't sign a replacement when Ratliff went down and Bynum still wasn't ready to play. They let go of SaVu and a first round pick to go cheaper with Joe Smith and then almost never used him. The glaring weaknesses in the team were evident to almost everyone (shooting, defense, consistency), yet the Lakers did almost nothing to address those issues, whereas Cuban kept addressing his team's needs all season long." -- Gregs5
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Photo: With Dwight Howard saying he will not sign a contract extension with the Orlando Magic, the Lakers have an opportunity to trade for a player who's capable of greatly improving their championship aspirations. Credit: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images / April 22, 2011)