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James Worthy to appear in NBA TV special (Web links)

September 26, 2011 | 10:35 am

*We're going to have a live chat at 3 p.m. today. Bring your questions!

NBA TV will focus on James Worthy's storied Lakers career in a 30-minute piece titled "Big Game James: The James Worthy Story," airing Monday at 4 p.m. and  narrated by Ahmad Rashad.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that it's "far from certain" if Kobe Bryant will accept a $6.7-million offer to play with Italian pro team Virtus Bologna.

--The Times' Helene Elliott rates David Stern the top commissioner of the major American sports.'s David Aldridge praises Derek Fisher's efforts in negotiating, but argues that star players need to speak out more at the bargaining table. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr features Bryant's signature Smart car, which was just released in China.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding gets to know Lakers Coach Mike Brown over lunch.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer believes it might be a good idea for Bryant to play in Italy. 

--Bryant recently filmed a public service announcement promoting Nov. 19 United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ HomeWalk 2011 in the video below.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky and ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard discuss the latest on the NBA lockout

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky says Bryant shouldn't play overseas in Italy.'s Andy Katz talks to Luke Walton about the NBA lockout and his assistant coaching role with the Memphis Tigers. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano weighs whether Bryant should play overseas. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark asks readers what it would take during the NBA lockout for fans to stop caring. 

Tweet of the Day: "Carmelo just thanked me for coming. Nobody has done that after a #lockout meeting this summer." -- briancmahoney (Associated Press' Brian C. Mahoney)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "If this is all some elaborate act, he deserves an Emmy. I, however, think that Ron Ar...uh...Metta World Peace has undergone a serious transformation over the last few years. He went from an immature, self-serving thug known for "the Brawl" to a team-first, unselfish contributor on a championship team, as well as an advocate for mental health issues. I'm glad to see he's changed his ways (for the most part), and I think more athletes should get involved in their communities more often." -- Ryan Hopkins

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