Kobe Bryant upset with the Lakers (Web links)
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--ESPN.com's Stephen A. Smith predicts Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will demand a trade because of the franchise's direction. Smith also faults the Lakers' front offices directly to executive Jim Buss.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke explains why Bryant remains confused about the Lakers' future.
--The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Metta World Peace's willingness to accept a bench role.
--The Times' Lance Pugmire explains how NBA Commissioner David Stern experienced a conflict of interest in his involvement with the Chris Paul trade talks.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why Bryant's excited about the Clippers.
--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins argues Mike Brown's success will partly hinge on his relationship with Bryant.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky sizes up the Lakers' bench.
--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel criticizes Stern for his involvement with nixing the Lakers' trade that would've landed them Paul.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford highlights Bryant's uncertainty.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights Mike Brown's starting lineup.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarwoski believes the way the NBA handled the Paul trade will stain its credibility.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at what World Peace's move to the bench might do.
Tweet of the Day: "It may be just a scrimmage today, but Lakers PA announcer Lawrence Tanter is in the building. We could get our 1st official "Peace, out"!" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Lakers beat reporter Dave McMenamin)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I'm actually thinking that this can work out really well for ron i know he still has the ability to drop buckets but i think him playin for some many different teams over the years and so many different offenses you can't teach an old dog new tricks but mike browns offense sounds like ron's cup of tea i'm excited to see how it works out." -- Keyon Johnson
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant isn't sure what lies ahead for the Lakers as they prepare for the 2011-12 season. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2011)