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Deron Williams' short list includes the Lakers

Kobe Bryant/Dwight Howard

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams wants to stay with the New Jersey Nets should they secure Dwight Howard. If not, Williams has a short list of desirable destinations, including the Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' horrific offense in their 92-80 loss Friday to the Orlando Magic. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes the Lakers appear tired. 

--The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robinson details the Magic's dominance. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on the Lakers' offensive struggles. 

Notebooks

--The Daily News' Teaford reports Kobe Bryant doesn't take cortisone shots before every game. Instead, he takes a numbing agent that dulls the pain in his right wrist similar to what Novocain does on dentist visits. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on Metta World Peace's lack of productivity. 

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick talks to Lakers assistant Chuck Person about the transition from the Phil Jackson to Mike Brown era, among other topics. 

--ESPN.com's Zach McCann highlights Dwight Howard's effort.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz talks to Magic General Manager Otis Smith, who contends the trade talk surrounding Howard has affected Jameer Nelson's play. 

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues Howard stated his case in Friday's game against the Lakers on why the purple and gold need to acquire him. 

--The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi calls out Shaquille O'Neal for arguing Bynum is better than Howard. 

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues it shouldn't be a surprise the Lakers are struggling offensively. It's one of the reasons why he thought Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw would make the best candidate to replace Phil Jackson. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers can't depend on Bryant to bail them out on offense. 

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Palmer advocates for the Lakers to secure Howard. 

--Fox Sports Florida's Tim Povtak argues Howard may have hurt his own trade cause by playing well. 

Blogs

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott argues Bryant's heavy minutes hurts the Lakers' title chances. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Orlando. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman argues Williams' wish list means very little. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Magic game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the Lakers are a broken model. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the good and the bad in the Lakers' loss to Orlando. 

Tweet of the Day: "Longtime NBA scout watching Lakers: "This reminds me of the post-triangle hangover when Rudy T. took over from Phil. It takes a while."" -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:

What an outrageous disaster we are.. No inside game, no shooting accuracy, no offence, no hungry.. nothing!, You wanted to see Bynum against Howard? well it happened and andrew was crushed, no more speculations Howard is the best center by far.

This Florida trip has showed us what is gonna happen on the road or against elite teams.. we re gonna be outscored, and with humiliation. Kobe is running out of fuel, and with only 17 games played, the bench is nothing but a bunch of crap. One question.. wasn t Mike Brown a defensive specialist?? Where is our defense?" -- Leonardo Bovone

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls down a rebound in front of Magic center Dwight Howard in the second half Friday night in Orlando. Credit: Brian Blanco / EPA

 
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