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NBA lockout: Will many NBA players go overseas?

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We will have a chat to start off the week at 4:30 p.m. Bring your questions!

--The Times' Bill Plaschke enjoys Ron Artest's standup comedy.

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard's highlights Deron Williams' contention that any collective bargaining agreement that would leave players such as Kobe Bryant making $11 million a year could prompt many NBA players to go to Europe.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues it's not necessarily a bad thing that Bryant is arrogant.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that Ettore Messina joined the Lakers' coaching staff as a consultant partly because of his strong relationship with Mike Brown and his fondness for Bryant.

--Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby explains with great detail why the Lakers' front office sees Andrew Bynum as it's franchise player. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights the Lakers hiring Messina as a coaching consultant.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks to Lakers trainer Gary Vitti about Magic Johnson.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark provides a player report card on Pau Gasol.

Tweet of the Day: "Considering Kobe has yet to comment on Mike Brown being named the Lakers coach, what are the chances he talks about his dad's new job?" -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Comment of the Day: "His knees still aren't 100% He had no lift on those 3-point attempts. Lol. He's looking good though. I'll say that with a long, productive summer and plenty of rest, Kobe will at least be back to like 90% of this prime." -- Ryan Hopkins

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Just last month Derrick Williams was shaking hands with David Stern as the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft. Now that he and the commissioner are on opposite sides of the lockout, Williams has time to comtemplate finishing his bachelor's degree or running some basketball camps. Credit: Mike Stobe / Getty Images.

 
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