Kobe Bryant wants to be Laker for life (Web links)
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears talks to Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who maintains he wants to be a Laker for life.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Troy Murphy and Jason Kapono can help the Lakers' outside shooting.
--The Times' Ben Bolch dives into Metta World Peace's complex personality.
--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the warm fan reception Clippers guard Chris Paul has already received.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how Kobe Bryant has helped foster team chemistry.
--Fox Sports' Randy Hill predicts the Miami Heat will win the 2012 NBA championship.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky analyzes what the Lakers' frontcourt must do to compensate for Lamar Odom's departure.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin says the Lakers need a stronger bench this season.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne says it will take time for the Clippers to develop chemistry.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford breaks down positional matchups between the Lakers and Clippers.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark sizes up the Lakers' frontcourt.
Tweet of the Day: "It's been 7 months and 16 days (or 230 days total) since the Lakers last played at Staples Center. It's been 251 days for the Clips." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I will point out this... The Lakers are spending less money for McRoberts, Murphy, and Kapono COMBINED than they were spending on Odom. I wonder if the Odom dump off wasn't purely a financial move." -- John Robert Perry
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told Yahoo! Sports that he wants to remain a Laker for life. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times