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Ronnie Lester speaks out as Lakers cut longtime employees

July 25, 2011 | 10:30 am

Ronnie Lester

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks with former Lakers Assistant General Manager Ronnie Lester, who criticized the Lakers for not fully explaining their decision to part ways with about 20 employees because of the NBA lockout.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick reports that Kobe Bryant made more than $400,000 this past weekend by playing in a pair of exhibition games in the Philippines. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller says many of the Lakers aren't spending their time wisely during the NBA lockout. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss in their latest podcast the prospects of Bryant playing overseas and Andrew Bynum's maturity. 

--Fox Sports West's Matt "Money" Smith says Bryant won't know how to take it easy this offseason. 

--Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen talks with Derek Fisher, who doesn't want the NBA to have a similar structure to the NFL. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore provides a lighthearted Q&A on the NBA lockout. 

--Lakers Nation's David Brickley looks at the Lakers' top-10 must-see games of the 2011-12 season, assuming there is one of course. 

Tweet of the Day: "Kobe Bryant is 'nowhere near any kind of a deal,' in Turkey, source tells Y! 'Not even close.' He's listening to offers, but that's all now." -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Bynum will mature, but at only a slightly more accelerated rate than Ron Artest, aka 'Metta World Peace' or as his close friends know him 'Metta World Piece.' " -- Jon K. 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Assistant General Manager Ronnie Lester, left, and GM Mitch Kupchak study their options before the 2008 NBA draft. Credit: Los Angeles Times