Will Lakers get Dwight Howard or Chris Paul? (Web links)
--The Times' Ben Bolch and Mike Bresnahan explain why Lakers forward Pau Gasol isn't worried about all the trade speculation involving him in deals for Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.
--The Times' Bresnahan reports on Jerry Buss' condition after the Lakers owner went to the hospital because of blood clots.
--The Times' Bolch talks to several NBA analysts who think the Miami Heat is the favorite to win the title.
--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick says the Lakers have a good shot at acquiring Paul.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr talks to Andrew Bynum's agent, David Lee, who said no NBA teams have called him about acquiring Bynum.
--ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard report the New Orleans Hornets are patiently mulling offers for Paul. They write that the Lakers want to offer Gasol as the deal's centerpiece so they can offer Bynum for Howard.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down Howard's and Paul's stats.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin advises the Lakers should value youth over experience during the free agency sweepstakes.
--Grantland's Bill Simmons says the Hornets should deal Paul to the Lakers.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford examines Gasol's belief that the Lakers can win the championship with their current roster, and explains that Buss' blood clots are likely caused by extensive traveling.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the implications of a Howard trade.
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Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I would prefer lakers getting both Howard and Paul. However, if they can't land both Players, I would rather take Howard, and then get a point guard later. The combination of Howard and Kobe is incredible. I can't wait to see Howard plus Kobe on the court dominating." -- Biar D'Choi Biar
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