Mark Heisler: Mike Brown has won Kobe Bryant over
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-- The Times' Mark Heisler reports that Lakers Coach Mike Brown has met with Kobe Bryant twice, once at Bryant's Newport Beach residence and at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, where they went through plays. Heisler also mentions that Bryant has remained silent on the Brown hire as a way of expressing his disappointment that the Buss family didn't alert him about the hiring beforehand.
-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lists 10 things Steve Blake could have done better to secure a Lakers' three-peat.
-- Former Laker Robert Horry writes an open letter to his daughter Ashlyn, who recently died of a rare genetic condition.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk with David Thorpe, of ESPN.com Scouts Inc., about the upcoming NBA Draft.
-- The New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence believes the Lakers will shift their sights to Chris Paul or Deron Williams rather than Dwight Howard.
Philadelphia 76ers player development coach Quin Snyder and former University of Utah head coach Jim Boylen.
-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has an update on Brown's progress in assembling a coaching staff.
-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano answers a few Laker mailbag questions from readers.
-- Lake Show Life's Chris Shellcroft wonders if it was a mistake for the Lakers to sign Blake.
Tweet of the Day: "Funny NBA drama right now: #2 pick is being frantically shopped, but everyone is scared to negotiate with T-Wolves cuz they leak EVERYTHING." -- sportsguy33 (ESPN.com's Bill Simmons)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Okay, so here's my informal poll: What would be enough value in return to trade Pau? 1. Nothing - I'd never trade the second best player on the team 2a. Chris Paul, if we could swing it. Other players in the deal don't matter. 2b. Chris Paul, but we'd have to get a big in the deal as well. 3a. Dwight Howard, if we could swing it. Other players in the deal don't matter. 4a. Deron Williams, if we could swing it. Other players in the deal don't matter 4b. Deron Williams, but we'd have to get a big in the deal as well.
5a. Kevin Love and the Lakers' choice of other Minnesota players (other than Rubio) to match salaries (Beasley? Johnson? Milicic?, etc.) 5b. The #2 pick, plus the Lakers' choice of any Minnesota players except Love or Rubio to match salary 5c. The #4 pick, plus Kevin Love, plus one Minnesota player of the Lakers' choice (other than Rubio), with 2 other players going to Cleveland. (Lakers get big reduction in total salary as a side effect) 5d. The #2 pick, the #4 pick, Kevin Love, and another player from Minnesota (other than Rubio).
5e. The #2 pick and players other than Rubio or Love from Minnesota, and the TWolves take on Luke's contract (which means they get a useful player for Luke in the deal). 5e. The #2 pick, the #4 pick, two players from Minnesota of the Lakers' choice (other than Love or Rubio) from Minnesota, and Minnesota takes on Luke's contract. 6. Something else (you name it)" -- LongTimeLakerFan
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant is congratulated by fans in New Orleans after eliminating the Hornets in Game 6 of the NBA playoffs on April 28, 2011. The Lakers advanced to play Dallas but were swept by the eventual-champion Mavericks. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times