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LAPD memo criticizes man who says Shaquille O'Neal orchestrated his kidnapping


-- The Times' Victoria Kim and Andrew Blankstein report that the LAPD classified the music producer and former gang member who accused former Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal of being behind an alleged kidnapping by a criminal street gang was classified as an "undesirable informant."

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr presents a slideshow featuring the ESPY parties. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains what it will take for NBA players to go overseas. 

--'s Mike Trudell has an in-depth Q&A with Lakers assistant coach John Kuester

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano talks with contributor Xavier Sanchez, who is familiar with Lakers coaching consultant Ettore Messina

Tweet of the Day: "Robert horry just joined twitter. Give him some love. RKHorry." -- B_A Turner (L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter Broderick Turner)

Rick Friedman Comment of the Day:

"We're all a bunch of blabber mouths, MM, as humans we can't just 'Be Happy', you know? We NEED to wring our hands, pop off on a variety of topics and sports is like politics, even when you win it's always at a cost and for Laker fans that cost is sanity. I, for one, am looking forward to the next season and seeing how Mike Brown steers the ship." -- Jamie Sweet

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Shaquille O'Neal announces his retirement from the NBA at his home in Windermere, Fla., last month. He denies any role in the kidnapping and assault alleged by Robert Ross. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press.

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