Lakers continue to pursue Dwight Howard, Chris Paul (Web links)
--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers must go after Dwight Howard.
--The Times' Ben Bolch lays out the challenges the Lakers face with the 2011-12 schedule.
--NBA.com's David Aldridge reports the Lakers are still in the mix for Chris Paul.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick says the Lakers are trailing in the race to land Paul.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says the Lakers should hold off on trading Andrew Bynum for Howard.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky looks at free agents who could help the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin outlines the toughest stretch the Lakers go through in their 66-game schedule.
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard report teams are skeptical that the Lakers can acquire both Howard and Paul.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford writes it's likely the Lakers will open training camp with their current roster.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell breaks down the Lakers' schedule.
--Fox Sports' Billy Witz says older teams, such as the Lakers, will struggle with a truncated schedule.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Paul has indicated that the Clippers and Warriors could increase their chances of landing him by signing free-agent center Tyson Chandler.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano believes the Lakers hold the most leverage with free-agent signings.
I break down Lakers' trade talk and training camp. with ESPN 1700's Coach Kentura.
Dave Smith is relieved to hear I don't think the Lakers will win the NBA title in an interview with 750 the Game, flagship station of the Portland Blazers.
Tweet of the Day: "LBJ' comes off likable, human in SC sitdown. Life woulda been so much easier last year by just immediately owning mistake of "Decision." " -- ESPNLandoLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "At this point in their careers, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard have all the leverage as players. If New Orleans and Orlando aren't careful, both teams are going to lose their respective All Stars to free agency next season and get nothing in return. If not before the trading deadline ends this season, both stars will leave during free agency next July. The point is, that Howard and Paul will play where ever they want to, and there isn't anything the Hornets or Magic can do about it! It's inevitable!" -- Sean Noble
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Photo: With Dwight Howard's career in Orlando over, the Lakers need to pounce on the high-profile free agent before another team signs him. Credit: Douglas Jones / U.S. Presswire