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Lakers making roster changes

December 18, 2011 | 12:28 pm

Devin Ebanks

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explores the possibility that Devin Ebanks might start at small forward.

--The Times' T.J. Simers talks exclusively with Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who acknowledges there were personal issues among players on the team last season.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr on Andrew Bynum's acknowledgement that he has to prove he can stay healthy. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky analyzes what Troy Murphy can provide for the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why Bynum doesn't feel fazed by the trade talk. 

--Hoops World's Eric Pincus provides a comprehensive season preview on the Lakers. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes the Lakers bolstered their frontcourt by signing Josh McRoberts and Murphy. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders if Kobe Bryant's divorce will affect his play. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders which Lakers besides Bryant can create their own shot. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard analyzes a few Lakers-related topics. 

Tweet of the Day: "L.A. will like that Murphy can defend 4's and 5's, as well as spread the floor for Bynum/Gasol w/a career 3-point % of .389." -- LakersReporter ('s Mike Trudell)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Great to have Kobe as a mentor as we can see from Trevor Ariza!! As for Kobe and the Divorce, it will only make him stronger! The man has ice in his veins and with Kobe, challenge him with his age and the Lakers being 2nd to the Clips. watch out NBA!! We're in for a great ride. And maybe with some defense we'll be able to stop somebody!!!! " -- Bev Quiring

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Photo: The Lakers are hoping Devin Ebanks, left, makes a big jump in his second season. "He's got a nice stroke from the perimeter," Coach Mike Brown says. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Time