Clippers catching Magic Johnson's attention (Web links)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and myself highlight Magic Johnson's impressions of the Clippers and why the Lakers need consistently strong performances from Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
--The Times' Ben Bolch dives into how NBA teams and players have handled a frenetic free agency period and training camp overlapping.
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Clippers guard Randy Foye isn't worried about his future.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr and Kevin Ding focuses on Kobe Bryant relishing Mike Brown's criticism.
--Fox Sports ranks the Lakers as the sixth-best team in the NBA.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues the Lakers should pursue Gilbert Arenas.
--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler muses over the Clippers' stealing attention away from the Lakers.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe says Chris Paul has already arrived with the Clippers.
--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum ranks Derek Fisher in ninth place among aging veterans.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explores Bryant's leadership qualities.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Bryant feels fine with Brown criticizing him.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell explains how Bryant and Brown bond over hard work.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R. breaks down the Lakers' offense.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano previews the Lakers-Clippers matchup.
Tweet of the Day: "Let's remember Kobe has around clock training staff that he swears by. Might be only person not concerned" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "With the Lakers potential of a slow start to the season....I guess we could see more of 'Kobe taking over' with 'more' minutes than he should be playing for such an ardous season. It will be hard for Coach Brown to stick to his game and season plan if the Lakers are falling behind in the standings." -- John Fatland
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Magic Johnson, clockwise from left, says the Lakers will need Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to play their best for the team to be successful. Credits: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times; Paul Buck / EPA; Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times