Lakers haven't talked to Magic "in a while" about Dwight Howard
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report that the Lakers and Orlando haven't had trade talks in "a while." Still, Kobe Bryant has had at least one in-depth conversation with Dwight Howard about coming to the Lakers, but he doesn't think he would be the Lakers' top option.
--The Times' Bresnahan details the Lakers' poor execution in their 98-87 loss Thursday to the Miami Heat.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers couldn't match Miami's energy.
--The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman credits LeBron James for scoring 31 points despite having flu-like symptoms.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers had no answer for James.
--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman credits the Heat for having a balanced effort.
--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Anthony Chiang highlights that Lakers Coach Mike Brown contends coaching James ultimately helped land him the Lakers' head coaching job.
--The Orange County Register's Ding explains that Brown played the starters in the fourth quarter to build up their tenacity.
--The Daily News' Teaford looks at the big beast Andrew Bynum faces Friday when he matches up with Howard.
--ESPN.com's Tom Haberstoh hands out grades to the Heat's roster.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Bryant's comments that the Lakers' offense remains a work in progress.
--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 6 in his latest power rankings.
--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Brown always felt like he was walking on egg shells when he coached James in Cleveland.
--The TImes' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers don't have a championship-contending roster.
--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde believes James wanted to send Bryant a message with his performance.
--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin examines the Lakers' poor road record.
--The Miami Herald's Linda Robertson argues James dazzled while Bryant fizzled.
--Yahoo! Sports' Wojnarowski argues Brown's taking a huge risk playing Bryant heavy minutes.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Miami.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues the Lakers lack depth.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Heat game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Heat would've blown the Lakers out if Dwyane Wade played.
Tweet of the Day: " I played like $h!t 2nite, it won't happen again!" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "It's bad enough to not be able to compete with talent but the Lakers got outhustled and outplayed badly. They frankly didn't seem to show up against the Heat once again. And this is without Wade. Trouble is the Lakers need players - and they gave up a valuable one in Lamar Odom. Bummer revelation in Lakers Land." -- Leon Fisher
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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum tries to power his way past Magic center Dwight Howard during their NBA Finals matchup. Credit: Los Angeles Times / June 1, 2009.