Kobe Bryant's criticism toward front office sparks varying reactions
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes all the drama surrounding the Lakers' 103-92 victory Monday over the Portland Trail Blazers.
--The Daily News' Phil Collin remains amused with the Lakers' unpredictable play and soap operas.
--The Oregonian's Joe Freeman focuses on the Blazers' struggles, including the news surrounding Greg Oden missing the rest of the season after undergoing microrfracture knee surgery on his left knee.
--The Times' Bresnahan mentions that Lakers Coach Mike Brown had already scaled back on shootarounds.
--The Daily News' Collin isn't surprised Kupchak declined to specify the front office's plans before the March 15 trade deadline.
--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports the Lakers held a players-only meeting after their win against Portland to stop worrying about trade rumors, the front office
-A panel of Sports Illustrated writers list Bryant as an MVP candidate.
--The Times' T.J. Simers rips Bryant for criticizing the front office and believes his comments are condescending toward Gasol.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande praises Bryant for sticking up for Gasol.
--CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports in detail how Bryant's criticism toward the front office remains rooted in the organization's poor communication and staffing.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notices the Lakers respond well to adversity.
--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus credits Bryant for sticking up for Gasol, but reports the Lakers are still shopping him around.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights Metta World Peace's positive comments about the front office.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer looks at the dysfunction surrounding the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Portland.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Portland game.
--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker defends the Lakers' front office decisions.
Tweet of the Day: "Kobe stood up for his player - I respect that but ultimately it won't change things - Lakers still shopping Pau" --Eric Pincus (Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I still believe trade will happen before the deadline. The Lakers organization already saw what happened in the playoffs last year, that's why they made a trade early on, but unfortunately it did not materialize. And you cannot blame Kobe for his remarks for he only stating it from the players perspective" --Juan Gerick Quirino Galinato
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Photo: Kobe Bryant (24) and Pau Gasol, once a dynamic duo that led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA Finals and won two titles, are struggling this season with consistency, particularly on the road. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.