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Kobe Bryant's criticism toward front office sparks varying reactions

February 21, 2012 | 11:35 am

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Game stories

--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.

Notebooks

--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.  

Sidebars

--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.

Columns

--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.

Blogs

--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

--Mark Medina

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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.


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