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Kobe Bryant undergoes innovative procedure on left ankle

December 25, 2011 |  9:30 am

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had an innovative procedure in Germany this offseason to treat his troublesome left ankle.

--The Times' T.J. Simers talks to Lakers executive Jim Buss, who contends they can still win an NBA championship.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers have lots to prove in the 2011-12 season.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer provides an in-depth preview on Lakers' season. 

--ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg believes Bulls guard Derrick Rose is hardly motivated by money. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky and ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell preview the Lakers-Bulls Christmas Day game. 

--The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson notes that Rose remains motivated from remaining 0-3 at Staples Center. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi notes Bryant's refusal to talk about his injured right wrist after Saturday's practice. 

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 7 in his league power rankings. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith believes Bryant is keeping his thoughts on the current Lakers close to the vest. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at how the Lakers are handling the numerous roster changes. Teaford also provides a positional breakdown of the team's roster.'s Mike Trudell sizes up the team's forwards and centers

--ESPN Chicago's Michael Wilbon argues Richard Hamilton's arrival with the Bulls make them an instant contender. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano previews the Lakers-Bulls game. 

Tweet of the Day: "Lakers fans are quite mentally fragile these days. And newfound Clippers fans are snickering. Never seen 2 preseason games change so much." -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Kobe will be fine, the lakers need to solve rotation issues on D, its "layup city" for every team in the league against us. We always seem to make other players look better than they are..." -- Damon Smith

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played through pain last season, including a playoff battle against eventual champion Dallas, and he'll open this season with an injured right wrist. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)