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Pau Gasol says Mike Brown's system needs more balance

Pau Gasol--Lakers forward Pau Gasol tells Canal+ Espana in Spanish that Mike Brown's offensive system "has to help us all so we can contribute so [Kobe Bryant] doesn’t have to carry the load.  So at the end, it’s not just only his decision or the decision of any other player on the court, but more about the plays we run and the system.”

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes how everyone seems to mispronounce Andrew Goudelock's name.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr observes the Lakers are slowly forging an identity.

--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine provides an entertaining photo caption involving Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

--Fox Sports lists Kobe Bryant as one of the NBA regular-season MVP candidates.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues that Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Mike Brown all have valid points to varying degrees on how the Lakers should run their offense.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford recounts Bryant's conversation to Metta World Peace about providing energy and toughness on a consistent basis.'s Mike Trudell talks to Andrew Goudelock about his career-high 14-point effort against the Clippers.

Tweet of the Day: "Happy Birthday to my Daddy-E-O! Jerry Buss #PhD #USC #innovator #winner #bestownerinsports #Lakers"  -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss).

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "So, Artest is so utterly dominant on defense that he's gotten bored? Yeah... ummm... it must be very interesting waking up each day to your own personal delusion." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol blocks a shot by Clippers forward Reggie Evans during the first half of Wednesday's game at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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