Kobe Bryant to meet with Turkish club Besiktas
--Grantland's Rafe Bartholomew explains why NBA stars, such as Kobe Bryant, played last weekend in the Philippines.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that Turkish Airlines officials will be part of the negotiations when Kobe Bryant meets with the Turkish basketball team Besiktas, scheduled for Saturday.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky sizes up the free-agent centers.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell relives Game 5 of the Lakers-Knicks 1972 NBA Finals.
Tweet of the Day: "Derek Fisher will speak to media Fri but ?'s on anything other than camp will be kept to minimum. Is there anything else to talk about?" -- janiscarr (Orange County Register Lakers reporter Janis Carr)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I hope we have one at all, but it always pleases me to see a professional work at his game if he thinks there's room for improvement. I think playing in a more traditional PG role will help as well, but a good year from Blake will be key. Good Luck." -- Graham Thordarson.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Kobe Bryant arrives at a stadium in China on July 16. Credit: Joe Tan / Reuters