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Lakers stay busy during the offseason

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan analyzes the chances of each current Laker returning next season.

--The Times' Chris Dufresne details how the Lakers became the marquee Los Angeles sports franchise over the Dodgers. Dufresne also ranks the L.A. sports teams, with the Lakers, of course, finishing first.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick gives the Lakers a "B" for their draft picks. 

--ESPN.com's Viv Bernstein believes Ron Artest wants to legally change his name to promote his upcoming reality show.

--The Journal Register News' David Borges explains what interested the Lakers in Ater Majok.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at 10 things Derek Fisher could've done better to ensure a Lakers' three-peat.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer hopes the Los Angeles Superior Court will approve Artest's request to have his name changed to "Metta World Peace." Dwyer also gives the Lakers a "B" for their draft picks. 

--Fox Sports gives the Lakers an "A-" for their draft picks. 

--The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth muses about Artest's name change.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as Dave McMenamin talk about the Lakers' draft picks and Artest's name change.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears argues Darius Morris left University of Michigan too early. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell sums up the Lakers' 2011 NBA draft. 

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman lists a few other sports figures who should change their names. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore provides details on the Lakers' future second-round pick they acquired by trading Chukwudiebere Maduabum to the Denver Nuggets. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at what Morris might provide for the Lakers. 

--Lakers Nation's Elizabeth Benson lists five things Shannon Brown needs to improve on to help the Lakers. 

Tweet of the Day: "I'll be the king of LA one day" -- RebuildCaracter (Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter obviously having a delusional moment)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Did anyone besides me see this guy shooting 3's in the NIT championship? I've never seen a player spot up from 5 ft over half court and drain shots like that! His range as a shooter is crazy. If players have to defend him from there it opens the court for Kobe! Good pick!" -- Victor Jesus on the Lakers selecting Andrew Goudelock.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers veterans Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant  and Pau Gasol  won two NBA championships together but could not pull off the three-peat this last season. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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