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Shaquille O'Neal questioned in beating, kidnapping of man by gang members

June 16, 2011 |  8:00 am

62402381--The Times' Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein report that former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal and his business partner denied involvement in a 2008 attack on a man who said he had a sex tape of the former Laker. The story also mentions the victim told authorities that he believed O'Neal was behind the attack.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lists 10 things Shannon Brown could have done to help the Lakers three-peat.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer expresses confusion over Ding's report that details Kobe Bryant's apparent zing toward LeBron James

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky analyzes how the Lakers should approach the NBA draft.

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix believes the Miami Heat have the best shot to win the NBA title next season, while the Lakers have the second-best chance. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin features Mitch Kupchak's comments on the NBA draft. McMenamin also reports that Derrick Caracter likely won't be a part of the Lakers next season.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Mike Brown's three keys on offense.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano has strongly defended Derek Fisher's value to the team, but acknowledges his play is declining.

--Lakers Nation's Elizabeth Benson believes Matt Barnes will improve next season. 

--NBA Playbook's Sebastian Pruiti breaks down how San Antonio's offense looked when Mike Brown was a Spurs assistant coach from 2000 to 2003. 

Radio Interview

"Coach" John Kentera of 1700 ESPN (San Diego) and I talk about the Lakers' off-season, including the Brown hire, Derek Fisher's role on the team and how much change needs to be made to the roster. 

Tweet of the Day: "But will the magic take the call. RT @MagicJohnson: The @Lakers should think about calling the @Orlando_Magic..." -- BA_Turner (L.A. Times' Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I agree the Lakers lacked the depth of Dallas by getting rid of athletes and adding oldsters. Need to get younger defensively and offensively. The Bynum bashing is confusing. Some1 said he lacked offensive moves??? Coach tells him to play defense and Kobe sets his own pecking order so how does Bynum develop offensive game?" -- Bob Gonzalez

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Shaquille O'Neal. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times.


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