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NBA lockout: Kobe Bryant still to play in 2012 Olympics

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony

*We will have a live chat today at 4 p.m. 

--NBA.com's David Aldridge reports that Kobe Bryant will play in the 2012 London Olympics regardless of what happens with the NBA lockout.

--CBS Sports' Ben Golliver compares and contrasts Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer rips Michael Beasley and Matt Barnes for their on-court altercations in summer league games. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk to Lakers forward Matt Barnes about his rehab on his surgically repaired right knee.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller describes Arvydis Sabonis as Shaquille O'Neal's sidekick.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz argues Lakers center Andrew Bynum proves to be the league's "most intriguing and powerful trade chip."

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell reports trainer Gary Vitti will be honored Sept. 10 by Team HEAL (Helping Enrich Athlete's Lives).

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano relives James Worthy's memorable Game 7 performance of the 1988 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore wonders whether Derek Fisher is playing too nice with David Stern during negotiations. 

--Lakers Nation's Elizabeth Benson looks at a few lessons the Lakers can learn from the 2003-04 team that lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals. 

Tweet of the Day: "I'm at Celine dion concert! Backstage!! Wow!!! Me and my boys!! Wow!!! She said she love my Jimmy Kimmel show when I had my beard on!!!!!!!!" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I used to think that Kobe should take this time and rest. But then I thought, this man done poured blood, sweat, and tears in the Lakers and it netted him 5 rings. The man loves the game of basketball and regardless of what everyone thinks is best for him Kobe knows himself better than anyone. His play wasn't the Lakers issue in the playoffs. Gasol's disappearing act, Odom's reality distraction, and no bench help were the issues. Kobe will still be Kobe. 15 years now and yet his own fans still question him. Smh..." -- alwillgriff84

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-- Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony at the 2008 Summer Games in China. Credit: Associated Press

 
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