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Lakers introduce second-round draft picks

All three of the Lakers' second-round draft picks played in a scrimmage Tuesday at the team's practice facility against other NBA free agents, giving the threesome a chance to perform in front of Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and new coach Mike Brown.

After the scrimmage, guards Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock and forward Ater Majok were introduced to the media, all of them saying how happy they were to be with the Lakers.

Morris, a local product from Windward High in Los Angeles, was taken with the 41st pick by the Lakers out of Michigan.

"There is a great opportunity here for me,' said Morris, a 6-4 point guard. "I'm just ready to capitalize on it."

Goudelock was taken with the 46th pick out of the College of Charleston.

He's a 6-3 combo gaurd, meaning he has the skills to play point and shooting guard.

"I look forward to the opportunity," Goudelock said.

Majok was taken with the 58th pick.

Majok, listed at 6-10, is from Sudan and abruptly left the University of Connecticut last September. He averaged 2.3 points and three rebounds in 26 games with the Huskies before leaving after one season to play professionally in Turkey and Australia.

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Darius Morris, left, Ater Major and Andrew Goudelock. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press

Assigning Buddhism-related names to Lakers roster

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In nearly two months, Lakers forward Ron Artest will officially find out whether he can legally change his name to Metta World Peace.

He filled out papers Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court requesting the name change, citing "personal reasons." It remains uncertain if Laker fans would throw away Artest jerseys in favor of a "World Peace" one. In addition to the ongoing question of what name Artest will actually choose to have on the back of his jersey, the L.A. County Superior Court has to approve the name change, which Artest won't know until Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. 

Metta, a Buddhist term, is defined as a "strong wish for the welfare and happiness of others," which certainly jives with Artest's advocacy for mental health charities. Should other teammates feel compelled to follow suit and request Buddhist-inspired names (probably not), there's no need to brainstorm ideas. I already consulted this website and did it for them. Below the jump are the results and a possible explanation for each name. 

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Lakers stay busy during the offseason

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan analyzes the chances of each current Laker returning next season.

--The Times' Chris Dufresne details how the Lakers became the marquee Los Angeles sports franchise over the Dodgers. Dufresne also ranks the L.A. sports teams, with the Lakers, of course, finishing first.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick gives the Lakers a "B" for their draft picks. 

--ESPN.com's Viv Bernstein believes Ron Artest wants to legally change his name to promote his upcoming reality show.

--The Journal Register News' David Borges explains what interested the Lakers in Ater Majok.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding looks at 10 things Derek Fisher could've done better to ensure a Lakers' three-peat.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer hopes the Los Angeles Superior Court will approve Artest's request to have his name changed to "Metta World Peace." Dwyer also gives the Lakers a "B" for their draft picks. 

--Fox Sports gives the Lakers an "A-" for their draft picks. 

--The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth muses about Artest's name change.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as Dave McMenamin talk about the Lakers' draft picks and Artest's name change.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears argues Darius Morris left University of Michigan too early. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell sums up the Lakers' 2011 NBA draft. 

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman lists a few other sports figures who should change their names. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore provides details on the Lakers' future second-round pick they acquired by trading Chukwudiebere Maduabum to the Denver Nuggets. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at what Morris might provide for the Lakers. 

--Lakers Nation's Elizabeth Benson lists five things Shannon Brown needs to improve on to help the Lakers. 

Tweet of the Day: "I'll be the king of LA one day" -- RebuildCaracter (Lakers backup center Derrick Caracter obviously having a delusional moment)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Did anyone besides me see this guy shooting 3's in the NIT championship? I've never seen a player spot up from 5 ft over half court and drain shots like that! His range as a shooter is crazy. If players have to defend him from there it opens the court for Kobe! Good pick!" -- Victor Jesus on the Lakers selecting Andrew Goudelock.

--Mark Medina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers veterans Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant  and Pau Gasol  won two NBA championships together but could not pull off the three-peat this last season. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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