Luke Walton isn't planning on early retirement (Web links)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks with Lakers forward Luke Walton, who says he won't retire early and isn't concerned about the team possibly cutting him through the amnesty clause. Bresnahan also reports Metta World Peace arrived at the Lakers' facility Thursday heavier than last season.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi hears the crickets chirping Thursday at the Lakers' practice facility. Markazi also argues Dwight Howard would be a perfect fit with either the Lakers or the Clippers.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding believes Andrew Bynum is primed for his best season yet.
--ESPN.com's John Hollinger comes up with a few trade scenarios involving the Lakers acquiring Howard and Chris Paul (insider subscription required).
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights the importance that Lamar Odom remain consistent this season.
--CBS Sports' Matt Moore wonders if the Lakers should trade Bynum for Howard.
--NBA.com's John Schuhmann ranks the Lakers fifth overall in his first set of power rankings.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell catches up with Coach Mike Brown about how he gets ready for the 2011-12 season.
--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard reviews Shaquille O'Neal's book.
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Photo: Lakers forward Luke Walton, who has been an assistant coach at the University of Memphis this fall, will rejoin the team soon to prepare for the upcoming NBA season. Credit: Justin A. Shaw / For The Times.