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NBA lockout: Which Lakers earned their paychecks?

David Stern

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound calculates which Lakers truly earned their paychecks.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer argues that Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant truly earned the $400,000 they reportedly made last weekend playing in a pair of exhibition games in the Philippines. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky and 710 ESPN's Dave Miller debate the following topics: whether Steve Blake will produce next season, whether the Lakers will make any significant off-season moves and whether Ron Artest and Matt Barnes can suitably fill the small forward position.

--Lakers.com details the process of selecting the next year's Laker Girls.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Philipp Barnett features varying viewpoints on whether the Lakers can upgrade at point guard.

--Hardwood Paroxysm's Scott Leedy argues it's unfair to Kobe Bryant and LeBron James that the general public uses Michael Jordan as the standard of excellence. 

--Hornets' 247 nikkoewan provides a first-person account on Bryant and other NBA stars playing last weekend in the Philippines.

Tweet of the Day: "Skeptical on this Kobe/Turkey thing. If he wanted it out there, his reps would put it out—not a coach who sounds publicity driven." -- Jpdabrams (Grantland.com's Jonathan Abrams)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The man should spend his summer resting and strengthening his knee.Why spend time playing over seas and add more wear and tear to his body.Stay home in the us,does he really need the money? Kobe try organizing some game, or scrimmages,with your team mates and develop some chemistry. Which the team obviously didn't have during the playoffs. --- oclezy

-- Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern probably will be paying close attention to the settlement of the NFL's labor dispute. Credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

 
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