Caught in the Web: Grading the Lakers' management
We will have a live chat at 3 p.m. Monday. There will be plenty to discuss, including of course, Miami's meltdown against Dallas.
-- The Times' Helene Elliott ranked Mitch Kupchak as the best general manager of the six who run Southland baseball, basketball and hockey teams.
-- The Times' Mark Heisler questions whether Jim Buss can run the Lakers properly.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at 10 things Kobe Bryant could've done to ensure a Lakers' three-peat.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at the Lakers' need to have another player outside of Bryant capable of creating his own shot.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details some stories surrounding Phil Jackson's 13 championship rings, including 11 as an NBA head coach.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears about covering the NBA Finals without the Lakers.
--Silver Screen and Roll's WildYams provides a player report card for Theo Ratliff.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues that LeBron James' poor play in the Finals reminded him of Pau Gasol's disappearing act against Dallas.
Tweet of the Day: "Amazing the steady stream of anti-LeBron backlash that comes in from coaches, scouts, execs and players. So many just don't like him. ... One source who has worked on a team with LeBron texted, 'When is everyone going to realize he only cares about himself?' ... Honestly, this isn't a media creation. Most of the stuff I'm getting, and what I'm guessing others are, is coming in unprompted." -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated's NBA writer Chris Mannix)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The more I think about it, the more I'm with Ron-Ron. Mike Brown managed to get LeBron and whatever flotsam and jetsam they brought in to the Finals once and to the Eastern Conference finals two other times. Take LeBron off the squad and they were a 19-win team. Put LeBron with another superstar and another all-star, and he's still not good enough to win a title yet (note, I say yet... I think he'll eventually settle down and win a ring or two). Think what Mike Brown could do with the level of talent the Lakers have." -- LongTimeLakersFan
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Photo: General managers of pro teams are always on the hot seat, including (from left) Tony Reagins of the Angels, Ned Colletti of the Dodgers and Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers. Credit: Los Angeles Times