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Looking back at the Lakers' Memorial Day performances

61877727 It's surely a weird feeling for Laker fans today, firing up their grills, hitting the beach and honoring the veterans that make our country safe.

That's because for the first time in three years, the Lakers aren't still playing basketball and competing for an NBA championship. Surely, Laker fans will still have plenty to talk about, such as the hiring of Mike Brown, who will have an introductory press conference Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo. But there won't be the prospect of being able to watch a Laker playoff game on television like in years past.

It's always a good thing for Laker fans if their team is still playing through Memorial Day, but a look back at some of the Lakers' performances on that holiday doesn't always spark a lot of good memories. Below the jump are a look at the Lakers' 2-2 record in Memorial Day playoff games. 

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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Lakers' 115-110 victory over Golden State Warriors

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan credits Lamar Odom's performance in the Lakers' 115-110 victory Wednesday over the Golden State Warriors.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits Kobe Bryant for the victory.

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons focuses on Monta Ellis' performance.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford chalks up the Lakers' win to a collective effort.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details Ron Artest's improved offensive performances.

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Simmons looks at Andris Biedrins' lack of production.

--The Daily Breeze's Teaford highlights Artest's comments that the Lakers' recent struggles were just a glitch.

Sidebars

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Bryant's late-game heroics.

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom shares his NBA Western Conference All-Star picks.

Column

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues Bryant's performance against Golden State shows he still has it in him.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz details how Bryant made the game against the Warriors fun to watch.

--The Orange County Registers' Randy Youngman explains why Byron Scott doesn't regret taking the Cavaliers job.

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers-Warriors game.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details the game in a running diary.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argued the Warriors controlled the game for three quarters until Bryant took over.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid compared the performances put on by Bryant and Ellis to a video game.

Tweet of the Day: "Day 2.. First Day of rehab, excited to start the recovery process started but I know its gonna be tough.. Ill keep u guys posted" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Reader Comment of the Day: "Kobe came into the Lakers and had something in his mind which was to make it to the top. He had a goal in mind. He wanted to have a team. He knew he was gonna be influential enough to get things moving around the franchise and set the boat right. From the top office, Dr. Buss and Mith Kupchak did what they had to do. PJ kept the players steady. Kobe kept the rowers rowing. This line- up of power people is the reason why the Lakers is such an elite team.

They're familiar with a tradition of excellence... something which the Cavs don't know, which LBJ wanted but wasn't mature enough to understand what it took. He's a good player but he recognizes no one above him. It was a relief Dr. Buss had those championships with Fish and Kobe, he had enough ammo to hit some targets and then some." -- cp6

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant celebrates after making a three-pointer over Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis during the final minutes of a game at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday. Credit: John G. Mabanglo / European Press Agency

Byron Scott says he doesn't regret taking Cleveland coaching job

Plenty of external factors stood as a backdrop as Byron Scott interviewed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the head coaching position.

LeBron James was just approaching free agency, and it remained unclear at the time where he would take his talents. Likewise, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson remained undecided about his coaching future, mulling whether the taxing fatigue and health concerns would be too much to find the lure of three-peating for a fourth time in his career not worth it.

Rather than hinge his decision on what others might do for their future, however, Scott figured it'd be best to make sure he secures his.

"I can't think about what's going to happen in the next two or three years to be honest with you," Scott said. "I couldn't think about (next 12 months either). With what was happening at that particular point, I wanted to take what was the best opportunity, which I still think is, when I started having conversations with Cleveland, I thought that was a great opportunity and great job. I thought so no matter what LeBron was going to do. I'm still very happy about my decision. I'm loving it down here in Cleveland, the fans have been great and organization has been great. That's the bottom line."

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Caught in the Web: Lakers pleased with Andrew Bynum's progress

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--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person about the team's new defensive scheme.

--The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer details Byron Scott's homecoming.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Andrew Bynum's second technical foul being rescinded.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer faults Cleveland for not rebuilding this offseason.

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman expresses amusement about Lamar Odom's relationship with Khloe Kardashian.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky previews the upcoming week.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus reveals his latest NBA power rankings.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe sizes up the All-Star chances for several Western Conference players, including Odom. Lowe also shares his NBA All-Star weekend wish list.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notices that the Lakers haven't always fared well against sub-.500 teams. He also charts the path backup center Derrick Caracter has taken.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford argues that the Lakers' recent victory over New York outlined a blueprint for what would be needed to win another championship.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Monday's practice.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark highlights Bynum's recent play.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano argues that Bynum is realizing his potential.

--Lakers Nation's Michael Goldsholl features a Los Angeles-based artist whose work includes the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day:"Finals LA Vs NY Let's get it!!!!" -- RONARTESTCOM (Lakers forward Ron Artest).

Reader Comment of the Day: Best Iconic Lakeraholic Phrase: 1. "THIS IS BASKETBALL!!!!" (Kobe screaming at Sasha on the bench.) 2. "ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!" (Bynum pleading with an official after a false call.) 3. "I'm befuddled. I'm very befuddled." (Phil Jackson talking to the press after being befuddled.) 4. ACKNOWLEDGE ME PLEASE!!!!! (Ron Artest game Game 7 of 2010 Finals) 5. Drew to Sasha: "Give me the ... ball!" 6. "Sacramento will never be the capital of California! Los Angeles is the new capital of California!"--Shaq" -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers guard Shannon Brown and forward Lamar Odom restrain center Andrew Bynum after he received two technicals and was ejected for arguing a call early in the fourth quarter Sunday. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images 

Caught in the Web: Lakers' training camp starts in five days

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We're going to have a live chat today at 4:00 p.m.

--The Times' Mark Heisler explains how the Miami Heat has reshaped the NBA.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott introduces you to Russell Hicks, who will be trying out at the Lakers' training camp.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders which Laker would be a good candidate on "Dancing with the Stars."

--Fox Sports Southwest's Mike Fisher argues that the Lakers made the second-most significant off-season moves among Western Conference teams.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down a few Lakers-related topics on their latest podcast, including teams that could threaten the Lakers, Kobe Bryant's Q rating and the possibility that Andrew Bynum could play limited minutes.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller details why LeBron James is nowhere near Bryant's level.

--Sports Illustrated has a pretty extensive photo gallery of the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

--AOL Fanhouse's Bethlehem Shoals and Tom Ziller take Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to task for proclaiming his team has more depth than the Lakers.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell asks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks numerous on-and-off-court questions. I'm particularly intrigued with the 2Pac/Biggie debate involving who's the better rapper. It's a topic I'll surely follow up on once training camp starts.

--Lakers.com lists Derek Fisher's Game 3 performance against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals as the second-best moment of the postseason.

--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reports that when Bryant boasted in his post-Finals news conference that he has more rings than Shaq, Celtics principal owner Wyc Grousbeck immediately thought of acquiring him.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff Skibiski explains why he misses Byron Scott.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore lists the greatest Lakers of all time from numbers 24-29. Hmm, something tells me Kobe is somewhere in that article.

--The Lakers Nation's Kam Pashai argues Lamar Odom elevated his stature with his effort in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

--Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson evaluates the San Antonio Spurs, and whether the Lakers should be concerned about them.

--Laker Nation's Trevor Wong rates the Lakers' top five shooting guards of all time.

Tweet of the Day: "Did a gurl jus really yell I LOVE YOU EBANKS to me in front of Subway lol LA is crazy" -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I do get tired of the 'fair-weather' fans at games, though; they're the ones texting all the time during the game. Seriously... DURING the game?! They're also the ones who turn and stare at me when I start cussing out players, refs and coaches (not real vulgar, just enthusiastic and creative). On the other hand, I once got a 'thumbs up' from Jack when I laid into Larry Bird during a regular season game. I felt I had 'arrived.' " -- 63Footer

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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

Photo: Lakers fans have enjoyed images of the championship run. But they're ready for another season to start. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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