Mike Brown, Jim Buss defensive over Lakers' grinding mentality
-- T.J. Simers talks to Coach Mike Brown and executive Jim Buss about how the Times columnist thinks the Lakers are boring.
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on the Lakers' struggles on the road.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr explains how Steve Blake's return to the lineup instantly bolstered the bench.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky discusses Pau Gasol's up-and-down season.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin obtains the Phoenix Suns' 52-page scouting report on the Lakers. Definitely a must-read.
-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford also documents the Lakers' road struggles.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap credits Lakers forward Matt Barnes as the player of the week.
Tweet of the Day: "Jim Buss would be a non-issue in a lot of other NBA towns. In LA, he's facing not just a demanding fan base but his father's own legacy." -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I feel bad for Pau. He's worked really hard for this team but I'm sure he realizes this is a business. I hope the keep him and get a good point like sessions or Augustine because I feel like with him the Lakers have a better shot of winning now. He's brought 2 championships to LA and even if he isn't a Laker at the end of the season I appreciate everything he's done for the team." -- Roy Kinard
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Mike Brown, who was criticized for a lack of offense when he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, has a similar problem with the Lakers. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times