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NBA Draft: Details surrounding the Lakers' picks

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--The Times' Mark Heisler observes that General Manager Mitch Kupchak's contention that many of the published reports about possible Lakers trades were "agent-driven" was aimed directly at Rob Pelinka, who represents Andre Iguodala and Derrick Williams.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Lance Pugmire report that an NBA official said it's up to the Lakers and Ron Artest as to whether he wants to put his proposed new name, "Metta World Peace," on the back of his jersey

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks to Lakers guard Shannon Brown, who expresses uncertainty about whether he'll exercise his $2.374-million option to return next season.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr focuses on the Lakers' second-round draft picks, Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky remains impressed with Goudelock's confidence.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky analyzes what Morris could bring to the Lakers.

--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen talks about how the Lakers' tried to fill their backcourt needs in case Brown doesn't return.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains the Lakers' satisfaction with their draft picks.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Kupchak's skepticism concerning the numerous trade reports.

--The Philippine Star reports that  Kobe Bryant will visit the Philippines July 13.

--Silver Screen and Roll provides a rundown of the NBA draft.

Tweet of the Day:"There should be a season.. With all the economic problems in this country no one wants to hear about NFL/NBA lockout." --JaredDudley619 (Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Ron, you can do this kind of attention starved nonsense when you've won a title. All I remember is you guys being humiliated in the playoffs last season." -- Jon. K

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Michigan guard Darius Morris goes for a layup against Illinois center Mike Tisdale (54) and guard D.J. Richardson (1) during a Big Ten Conference tournament game. Credit: Michael Conroy / Associated Press

 
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