Lakers leaning against Gilbert Arenas signing
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports the Lakers have had internal discussions about pursuing free-agent guard Gilert Arenas. But the team hasn't invited him for a workout and is leaning against signing him.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford talked to a source who indicated Arenas is interested in playing for the Lakers.
--The Times' Bresnahan documents the Lakers' road struggles, including a 100-89 loss Saturday to the Milwaukee Bucks.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Lakers' inconsistent effort.
--The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner credits the Bucks' balanced effort against the Lakers.
--The Times' Baxter Holmes explores the relationship between Pau and Marc Gasol.
--The Register's Ding notes that Lakers forward Pau Gasol took the blame for the loss.
--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Lakers Coach Mike Brown might consider giving Metta World Peace a starting role.
--ESPN Los Angele's Dave McMenamin documents the Lakers' road struggles and also concludes his column with this smart observation: "OK, there's one more thing that's consistent about this Lakers team other than its road struggles: [Lakers Coach Mike] Brown is sticking to his plan to rely on defense to win, no matter what evidence has started to pop up that putting together a Plan B might be in order."
--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell talks to Rudy Tomjanovich about the struggles he faced coaching the Lakers in the 2004-05 season.
--The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak details the Lakers' struggles this season.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Milwaukee.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Bucks game.
--Silver Screen and Roll's theshmoes argues the Lakers are running out of excuses.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano faults the Lakers' defense.
Tweet of the Day: "Too grown to still be playing mind games.. When r they going to just let me play ?? I thought the NBA was about showing your everything" -- RebuildCaracter (Lakers forward Derrick Caracter)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "What a mess. This is essentially the same team as last year, minus Odom and Phil. Those who suggest Phil Jackson was an overrated coach are being proven wrong on a nightly basis by Mike Brown. All signs from the front office point to Jim Buss running the team, and the resulting operations are incredibly sloppy. Look at the way they handled the Mike Brown hiring; not letting their star player know and letting Brian Shaw (the guy they should've hired) find out through the media." -- Dave Abbitt
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Photo: Kobe Bryant watches the final moments of the Lakers' 100-89 loss to the Bucks from the bench Saturday night in Milwaukee. Credit: Jim Prisching / Associated Press