Andrew Bynum's season debut receives rave reviews
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Derek Fisher's critical play in the Lakers' 92-89 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes how sharp Andrew Bynum looked in his season debut.
--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman focuses on Danilo Gallinari's late-game mistakes in the Nuggets' loss to the Lakers.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers' grind-it-out mentality for their win over Denver.
--The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Lamar Odom's disappearing act thus far with the Dallas Mavericks.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding examines the relationship between Lakers Coach Mike Brown and his son, Elijah, who plays basketball at Santa Ana Mater Dei High.
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan points out the Lakers' poor three-point shooting.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke still worries about Bynum sustaining another injury.
--The Times' Helene Elliott notes how NBA attendance has actually increased this season despite the lockout.
--Fox Sports' Joe McDonnell explains how immediately made a presence with the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes how Bynum remained critical of his own performance.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Denver.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Nuggets game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the last few plays of the Lakers-Nuggets game served as a microcosm for the Lakers' season.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly from the Lakers' victory.
Tweet of the Day:
"APOCALYPSE 2011-12 IN LAKERDOM? Not quite yet. Clipper Nation has gone missing--but what's new? For record, Cali still here. HAPPY NEW YEAR!" -- MarkHeisler (Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:
"The Lakers really didn't play that well but they did enough to get the W. Offense good except for our outside shooting was straight aweful. Defense could have been better but considering we held a team to almost 30 pts less they ave I would say they didn't do too bad, they will get it together. " -- Kelvin Davis
E-mail the Lakers blog at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum reacts after making a shot and drawing a foul against Denver on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2011.