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Caught in the Web: Why won't Kobe Bryant publicly comment about Mike Brown?

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--The Times' T.J. Simers criticizes Kobe Bryant for not publicly commenting on Mike Brown becoming the Lakers' head coach.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr presents a photo slideshow of marginal Laker players who have more rings than LeBron James.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lists 10 things Andrew Bynum could've done to ensure a Lakers' three-peat. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky opines on the Vegas odds favoring the Miami Heat to win the title next season.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell believes Bryant had been "plotting revenge" during the NBA Finals. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides some quick-hit thoughts on the NBA Finals.

--Lakers Nation's Daniel Buerge believes Dirk Nowitzki's Game 6 performance against Miami reminded him of Bryant's Game 7 effort last year against Boston. 

Tweet(s) of the Day:"OK Jim Buss, it's time to go to work & make the roster better" -- MagicJohnson (Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson)

"Congrats to the Mavs. Next year the rings will be back in LA" -- ronartest (Lakers forward Ron Artest

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"Hope JB takes it to heart. I doubt I'd really be a good GM. Sure I can work the trade machine like there's no tomorrow, and I could come up with viable trade ideas. But I honestly have no idea whether it would be better to keep all the core players and see what you could bring in with only Barnes, Blake, Ebanks, Caracter, cash, a trade exception, and 2nd round picks as trade bait, or whether it's better to do what Magic is suggesting and trade off one of the core players to better balance the roster." -- LongTimeLakerFan

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant demonstrates Sony's NBA 2K11 video game at the E3 Gaming Convention in Los Angeles earlier this month. Credit: Chris Weeks/AP Images for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Video Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant posterizes LeBron James in 2011 NBA All-Star game

There's no need to offer up a prize for this contest. Readers of The Times' Lakers blog would write a caption for this even if it wasn't asked of them.

But for the sake of making things easier and to invite all the creativity that surrounds the comment threads, I encourage everyone to write their best caption to Kobe Bryant's posterizing dunk over LeBron James in the 2011 NBA All-Star game.

I found Bryant's two-handed dunk perfectly epitomized his want to stake his dominance in the All-Star game, securing a fourth All-Star MVP after scoring 37 points on 14 of 26 shots and hauling in 14 rebounds. It also provides the perfect image for Lakers fans to point to (aside from the five rings, of course) to illustrate why Bryant's better than James. Don't get carried away too much. James had a triple-double, after all, and proved instrumental in the East slicing what was a 17-point deficit to enter the fourth quarter.

You've likely glossed over, forgotten about and perhaps rolled your eyes at the latter two sentences, so I'll just cut to the chase. If your caption proves among the best, it will be presented in Tuesday's links post. I'll let Bryant provide a few ideas by featuring his explanation of the play itself.

"That was funny, actually, because I saw it coming and I wanted to see if I could avoid the LeBron chasedown," Bryant said. "But I told him afterwards, 'If I had tried to go over the rim, like get up, he probably would have blocked it with his armpit. So I just tried to be quick and just tried to time it up just the right way and I managed to do it. I kind of snuck it by him."

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

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Readers share their video captions for Lamar Odom's dunk against New Orleans

Below are offerings from readers who provided their descriptions for the latest video caption contest.

""CP3 got punk'd" -- no mo' platitudes

"The cameras for his new reality TV show must've been in N'awlins last night. He better be glad he made that shot or PJ would've had his head." -- EastCoastJessie

"I love how Kobe was signaling for the ball twice in that one play. LO saw his lane and took it. Decisively" -- PsychedLakerGirl

"I guess I'm in the minority on this, but I thought that play was kind of flukey. It looked to me as though Lamar wanted to pass the ball to Kobe, who was running the right wing. At the last second, Jarrett Jack appeared in the passing lane causing Lamar to kind of flip the ball towards the rim. When the ball didn't go in initially, Lamar was in perfect position to follow it in with the tip jam. Anyone that I've seen that deliberately tries to pass the ball to themselves always tries to throw the ball high enough so that it hits the board and clears the rim. Once the ball hits the rim, there's no telling where it might go. Still, the RESULTS were spectacular." -- bronxlakerfan

"Best description of jazz and that dunk: a series of miraculous recoveries." -- VMan

"I call this one my 'Wraparound-down-the-lane-up-and-over-and-Phil-can-you-hear-me-now-dunkajunk-allstar-special'" -- Corner J

"Naah it's not true PJ is never impressed with Lamar's play. PJ was one of the first to acknowledge that Lamar was the Laker in the best physical condition and ready to play at the start of the season. Phil is just not thrilled by risky fancy plays -- just get the job done (so good thing that worked out for Lamar or he'll definitely get an earful)! But LO and behold!!! I must've seen that video clip 20 times.... it was just too spectacular and totally Lamar at his playful talented best!" -- Seely_Iggy

"LAmarr does the semi, bunny hop in the pea patch, around the back, off the glass for a SLAM Dunk!!! Wow!!! Now, that's what I call paddin your stats!!! -- In honor of Chicky Baby!!!" -- jaime

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Caught in the Web: Lakers enjoy off day before Golden State

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan contrasts the opinions of Phil Jackson and Kurt Rambis on the Lakers.

-- The Times' Mark Heisler says players shouldn't complain so much about calls. But he believes the NBA's "Respect for the Game" crosses the line and soon could decide outcomes.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine looks at Charles Barkley's argument that Kobe Bryant is one of the five greatest players ever in the NBA.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on how the Lakers controlled tempo during their undefeated three-game trip.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk with ESPN.com's Bomani Jones about Pau Gasol, Bryant's "Call of Duty" commercial and whether the Lakers should add a big man.

-- The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons details how Warriors Coach Keith Smart plans to help his team get off to a better start against the Lakers.

--The Daily Breeze's Elliott Teaford provides a medical update on some of the Laker injuries.

-- The Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thompson II tells how Smart is prodding his players more.

-- Sports Illustrated's Ian Thomsen wonders in the video below whether the Warriors can sustain their early-season success.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap features Lamar Odom as the Lakers' player of the week.

-- Lakers Nation's Fernando Rea sizes up Shannon Brown's chances of winning the NBA award for most improved player.

-- Golden State of Mind's IQofaWarrior goes one on one with Warriors guard Monta Ellis.

-- And for good measure, the Miami Heat wants you to "Fan Up" in the video below

Tweet of the Day: "NOT THAT R-E-S-P-E-C-T T-H-E G-A-M-E GOES TOO FAR but next they'll be T'ing up P.A. guys who get too excited and fans who stand up too fast" -- MHeislerLATimes (L.A. Times NBA columnist Mark Heisler).

Reader Comment of the Day: Lakeraholics view LakerWorld as bigger than just the players on the court... it includes the coaches, the fan(atics), the bloggers, the cheerleaders, management and staff, ownership, and our history. - We're interested in ALL of that." -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Video Caption Contest: Ron Artest playing dodgeball

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

Those were the famous words uttered by one Patches O'Houlihan in the movie "Dodgeball."  And it's lucky for Ron Artest when he teamed up with Team Zankou Chicken recently for a little dodgeball action that his opponents weren't throwing wrenches. 

Laker fans need not worry. Artest isn't hurt, and he can say with a straight face that he's more comfortable in the triangle (Hat Tip to You Been Blinded, Ball Don't Lie and ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky).

I'm going to feature a video caption contest with a few options. First: the event itself. Say you're on a dodgeball team and you see Artest show up to play. What's the first thing you say to him? Say you're on the opposing team and you try to knock Artest out. What do you say to him as you hurl the rubber ball at him?

The other option: Which sport do you want Artest playing in your rec league? Would Artest score 300 on your bowling team, or would every turn result in a gutter ball? Would Artest hit a home run on your softball team, or would he perform worse than Manny Ramirez post-female-fertility-drug era? Would Artest bend it like Beckham on your soccer team, or would he fare worse then France did in this year's World Cup? The best answers will be featured in a post Wednesday.

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Video Caption Contest: Doc Rivers forcefully calls a timeout

The Celtics made the defensive stop they wanted, with Boston guard Rajon Rondo tipping Kobe Bryant's missed three-pointer to Ray Allen. It was just the kind of play that defined the Celtics' defensive presence and the Lakers' scoring drought in the fourth quarter, and it appeared Boston was well on its way to a Game 2 NBA Finals victory on Sunday at Staples Center.

That is until it became apparent that the Celtics might commit a turnover for failing to advance the ball past the timeline in eight seconds. That prompted Boston Coach Doc Rivers to call timeout, frantically waving down the officials as he stepped onto the court. It turned out to be a game-defining play in the Lakers' 103-94 Game 2 loss Sunday to Boston, as the Celtics responded to that timeout with a Kendrick Perkins layup extending Boston's lead to seven with 1:12 remaining.

"The guys got a kick out of that," Rivers said. "You know, it was funny, as big as that little moment was. I actually thought that the bigger moment was all the players were laughing at me and it allowed them to breathe a little bit, and I thought that helped us."

"He claimed that he's in shape, and when he ran out there we told him he looked like he wasn't in shape," Boston guard Ray Allen said. "You guys have got to give him a hard time about that. But he made it out there, so it definitely got us an extra possession."

The Lakers and their fans weren't amused. Rivers clearly stepped onto the court during the flow of play, causing Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and fans to wonder why Rivers wasn't given a technical foul.

"I don't know if you can do that or not," Jackson said. "I don't think that's legal to get on the floor. I think coaches have to stay on the sideline. They're not supposed to be on the floor. It's like he was shot out of a starter's block."

I would say it appeared Rivers looked as if he was trying to save a pedestrian from getting hit by a car. What's your comparison? The best comment will be featured in Tuesday's links post.

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Video Caption Contest: Kobe Bryant doesn't notice Chris Rock

Kobe Bryant has remained stoic this week, usually uttering nothing more than clipped answers to reporters' questions. He's remained so obsessed with winning another championship that he even proclaimed that a Finals rematch with the Boston Celtics meant very little to him.

And he remained so focused in the Lakers' 102-89 Game 1 NBA Finals victory Thursday over Boston that he didn't even notice comedian Chris Rock trying to talk to him during a timeout. (Credit to Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby for the link.)

"I didn't know anything about it until it was mentioned to me after the game," Bryant said. "I didn't even know."

Readers with the best comment describing this interaction (or lack thereof) will be featured in tomorrow morning's links post.

Video caption contest: Luke Walton in an NBA promo spoof

As soon as Lakers forward Luke Walton checked into the lineup this month for the first time in 22 games, the volume of comments during the Lakers' 100-81 loss April 4 to the San Antonio Spurs increased tremendously. Of course, this shouldn't be a surprise.

His injury history and statistically marginal impact surely fuels the ongoing criticism so much that it almost becomes a running joke among Lakers fans that any of the world's problems directly point to him. I've mentioned several times that though by no means Walton won't make or break the team; his presence is valued because of his understanding of the triangle offense. So perhaps with this video caption contest, I'm just opening up a hornets' nest. But on a non-game day following a loss, I figured it'd be good to give Lakers fans something that will make them laugh and temporarily divert their attention away from the playoffs.

Tip of the cap goes to Lakers-Fan.com for putting together this hilarious NBA promo spoof featuring Walton.

If you were to write the voice-over for this promo spoof, what would it entail? The best voice-over will be featured in tomorrow's morning links post.

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Video Caption Contest: Lakers' Kobe Bryant unfazed by Matt Barnes' ball movement

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The ball approached Kobe Bryant. Bryant stared right back at it. The ball went away.

That's the simple "See Spot Run" explanation when describing Bryant's outward indifference to Orlando's Matt Barnes pretending to throw an inbounds pass to his face in what eventually resulted in a Lakers' 96-94 loss Sunday to the Magic. But how is that utterly possible, given just normal human reflexes? It's long been established that Bryant is far from normal, but the latest example raised the ante just a little bit. 

As for Bryant's explanation? Well, it seems that whether it's regarding his poor shooting or Barnes' antics, Bryant can't resist saying something that won't require muting his audio or bracketing out his quotes.

"I knew he wasn't going to do [anything]," Bryant said. "What would I flinch for?"

That certainly wasn't the case in the video below. Though Bryant mostly maintained a stoic and curt tone with reporters after Monday's practice, he let out a laugh after acknowledging he saw the video featuring the inbounds play. Bryant also expressed some annoyance when a reporter wondered how it was possible he didn't flinch with the ball so close to his face. 

This leads us into another Video Caption Contest describing the footage at the top of the post. Feel free to share your ideas below, and it will be featured in tomorrow's links post as the Video Caption Contest Comment of the Day. As an added bonus, we'll still have the general Reader Comment of the Day, so any words of wisdom regarding anything else Lakers-related won't go unnoticed.  

--Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter. E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: In this television screen capture from Sunday’s game, Matt Barnes pretends to throw an inbounds pass at Kobe Bryant’s face. Credit: ABC/ESPN.

Video caption contest: Pau Gasol getting posterized and Kobe Bryant getting stuffed

The Lakers certainly didn't have the welcoming to Miami that Will Smith usually enjoys. They started off their three-game trip with a 114-111 overtime loss to the Heat, continued their lack of urgency and must find a way to correct it all  Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats.

To make matters worse, both Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant  were among the victims of NBA.com's "Block of the Night" and "Dunk of the Night" highlights.

Below, you can see Gasol getting posterized by Michael Beasley off a putback dunk. Perhaps the play will serve as a lesson that Gasol should be aware of opponents in a position to rebound and box them out.

And here you can see Udonis Haslem stuffing Bryant in the fourth quarter as he drove through traffic in the lane.

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