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Rasheed Wallace reportedly to sign with Lakers

Rasheed WallaceAn assortment of news, notes and quotes from around the web.

--NECN.com's A. Sherrod Blakely reports Rasheed Wallace will sign with the Lakers. 

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore and the Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlight Dwight Howard's decision to remain quiet on his playing future. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe highlights Andrew Bynum's admission that the Lakers' fourth-quarter execution remains horrible. 

--ESPN.com's Zach McCann focuses on Chris Paul's comments on the possibility he once had to play with Kobe Bryant. 

--ESPN.com's Shelley Smith details Kobe Bryant's 14th All-Star appearance. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore remains skeptical Wallace will help the Lakers. 

Tweet of the Day: "Asked if he ever imagined seeing 4 L.A. players on All-Star team, Kobe said "Yeah, they were just in Lakers uniforms." -- janiscarr (Orange County Register's Janis Carr)

" Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers will not add any players if it costs them a bundle. The Lakers are now the Clippers and Little Jimmy Buss is channeling the old Donald Sterling." -- Ronald Hangling

--Mark Medina

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

Photo: When last seen in the NBA, Rasheed Wallace was helping the Celtics battle Pau Gasol and the Lakers.  Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / June 10, 2010

Kobe Bryant's criticism toward front office sparks varying reactions

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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

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

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.

Lakers face hurdles in signing J.R. Smith

The Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers are pursuing free agent J.R. Smith
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers are pursuing free agent J.R. Smith, but that they can offer him only about $450,000, the prorated portion of the veterans' minimum. Smith made $6.8 million last season with Denver. Bresnahan mentions that New York, Chicago, Indiana, Orlando and the Clippers are also pursuing Smith.

--The Times' Baxter Holmes mentions that Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro had a recent conversation with Smith.

--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler ranks the Lakers at No. 9 in his power rankings. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky says he doesn't understand why Devin Ebanks hasn't cracked the rotation. 

--The Times' Chris Erskine compares Lakers fans with Clippers fans.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notices that the Lakers had more fun playing Atlanta after seeing Jeremy Lin's heroics. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how Steve Blake's return helps the Lakers. 

--Fox Sports' Chris Tomasson reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves have offered Derrick Williams and draft picks to the Lakers for Pau Gasol. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with NBA-TV's Rick Kamla about the best players to interview. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap argues that the Lakers are a deeply flawed team. 

Tweet of the Day: "The NBA should use the couch Jeremy Lin slept on as some sort of obstacle in the All-Star skills competition." -- ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Amazing, how a relative nothing like Smith, who went away to play in China like unwanted baseball players go to Japan, has become the object of the Lakers' search for the holy grail. And that they still may not be able to secure him! Sure, he can help out in several ways. But it sounds like they're banking on JR Smith to be the missing piece that will save the season for them. The state of the Lakers as a contender has become pathetic." -- Craig Hill

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: J.R. Smith, then with the Denver Nuggets, battles for a loose ball with Lakers Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant in 2010. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times 

Gilbert Arenas reportedly works out for Lakers

Kobe Bryant--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak attended a private workout for free agent guard Gilbert Arenas while the Lakers were in Toronto.  Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowksi and Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick confirmed the news.

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers played so poorly in their 94-92 win Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Lakers' nearly blowing an 18-point lead against Toronto.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits Kobe Bryant for his game-winning shot against Toronto.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan looks at the Lakers' struggles defending point guards.

--The Orange County Register's Ding presents a photo slideshow of his six-game trip.

--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Metta World Peace still has the green light to shoot.

Sidebars

--The Edmonton Journal's Bruce Arthur notices Bryant makes this game-winning shot thing sort of a routine.

--The National Post's Eric Koreen highlights Toronto's late-game unraveling.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Holly MacKenzie details the Lakers' "average" 3-3 trip.

Columns

--The Toronto Star's Cathal Kelly describes Bryant's mannerisms as rude and condescending.

Blogs

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott argues Bryant kills crunch time.

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

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Raptors game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues Bryant's game winner against Toronto rectified his poor play earlier in the game.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Zephid breaks down the good, bad and the ugly in the Lakers' win over Toronto.

Tweet of the Day: "Fans got Kobe & Bynum right 4 All Star. Asked Phil why coaches got it wrong not adding @paugasol. He said they must like small ball." -- JeanieBuss (Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "In terms of the Lakers down the stretch, I want Kobe take game-winning shots in the final minute or final seconds, but he starts going into Mamba mode in the last five minutes of a game, which is way too early. He wants the ball on every possession down the stretch in the final five and that's hurting the Lakers. It's completely predictable by now. When they trailed by four, Pau finally had enough and drove the lane and dished to Bynum for a dunk. Why not do more of that? Kobe bailed the Lakers out, but he also put them in the hole." -- Fred Robledo

--Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant elevates for what proved to be the game-winning shot over Raptors forward James Johnson with 4.2 seconds left in the game Sunday at Toronto. Credit: Nathan Denette / Associated Press / February 12, 2012

Fallout from the Lakers' loss to the Utah Jazz

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Caught in the Web: What they're saying about the Lakers' 96-87 loss to the Jazz in Utah on Saturday night:

Game stories

-- The Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch on how the Lakers fell apart after Coach Mike Brown's ejection.

-- ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin focuses on Brown's ejection and the loss.

-- Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones, via the L.A. Daily News, brings up the Lakers' lack of energy.

-- O.C. Register's Kevin Ding on how the Lakers were steaming after the defeat.

Blogs and notebooks

-- The Times' Bolch looks at Josh McRoberts' decreased playing time.

-- Land O' Lakers blogger Brian Kamenetzky's Rapid Reaction to the defeat.

-- Jones of the Tribune on how the Lakers' reserves were dominated by the Jazz.

-- The Register's Ding talks to Matt Barnes, who was rather upset with the officials.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's SoCalGal with reaction to the defeat.

-- Forum Blue and Gold with the good, the bad and the ugly from the loss.

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Lakers falter at the finish in loss to Jazz

Mike Brown could face suspension in wake of ejection

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Jazz forward Josh Howard battle for a loose ball in the second half Saturday night in Salt Lake City. Credit: Colin E. Braley / Associated Press

Lakers' bumpy ride in the Rockies still adds up to a win

Lakers4_340Caught in the web: What our colleagues are saying about the Lakers' 93-89 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night in Denver:

--The Times' Ben Bolch writes about how the Lakers won with a flurry of big fourth-quarter plays.

-- ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin recaps 10 things about the grind-it-out win.

-- The OC Register's Kevin Ding on how the Lakers started their road trip with a bang.

-- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman on how two quality teams tried to find a way to win when not playing well.

-- Land O' Lakers bloggers Andy and Brian Kamenetzky discuss topics of interest in the Lakers' best road win of the season.

-- The Denver Post's Lindsay H. Jones, via the LA Daily News, on Coach Mike Brown staying with Metta World Peace as the starting small forward.

--The Times' Bolch reports that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak is staying positive about the team's road prospects.

-- The Post's Nuggets Ink blogger Christopher Dempsey takes a look at an NBA Ironman, former L.A. Verbum Dei star Andre Miller.

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Silver Screen and Roll

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum looks for a landing spot after dunking against the Nuggets Friday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

Lakers reportedly interested in Ramon Sessions

The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers struggle against the Charlotte Bobcats--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Lakers remain interested in acquiring Cleveland point guard Ramon Sessions.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers struggle against the Charlotte Bobcats.

--The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reports that Gerald Henderson, D.J. White and newcomer Reggie Williams will play Tuesday against the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues that Metta World Peace's move to the starting lineup is a good idea.

--Fox Sports lists Lakers forward Josh McRoberts as one of the 10 best NBA enforcers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues that the Lakers shouldn't pursue free-agent guard Gilbert Arenas.

--Hoops Hype's Roland Lazenby wonders if Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will stay.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe remains concerned about Kobe Bryant's minutes.

--The Daily News' Elliot Teaford focuses on the Lakers' struggles against Charlotte.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks to trainer Gary Vitti about various team injuries.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound wonders why the Lakers have struggled with rebounding.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wonders why the Lakers aren't lowering Bryant's minutes.

--Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian says Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are key to solving the Lakers' consistency issues.

--Laker Nation's David Brickley, Jason Riley and Kevin Figgers debate numerous Laker topics.

Radio interview

I talk all things Lakers with ESPN Radio 1430's Guy Haberman in the audio file below.

Mark Medina on ESPN Radio

Tweet of the Day: "The @blakegriffin dunk tonight over Perkins made me realize that he's one of the best in-game dunkers in @NBA history." -- MagicJohnson (Lakers legend Magic Johnson) 

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I can see Sessions. But I was under the impression that the Lamar exemption was to be used in trades for major new talent. If Ramon Sessions is the difference between a ring or the lottery this season, sure, trade exemption well spent. I think people in the Arenas camp weren't so much in love with Arenas as they were with the 'can get for vet minimum' factor. If we are blowing the trade exemption on stuff like Sessions, I would propose that we are better off saving the money, or blowing it on somebody who we can trade for a draft pick.

I appreciate hearing about stuff like how Sessions or other players would contribute, but please. At least acknowledge that the two aren't entirely comparable. I don't say this as someone who wants us to get Arenas, at least at the expense of somebody else. I say this as someone who thinks the two aren't mutually exlusive, and frankly they might both be a bad idea, but.... I mean, you ignore the fact that we could get Arenas AND Sessions with practically the same expense." -- Phred Phredphredington

-- Mark Medina

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

Photo: Gerald Henderson and the Charlotte Bobcats have given Kobe Bryant and the Lakers fits, not to mention a losing record, recently. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Gilbert Arenas yet to work out with Lakers

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--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports the Lakers' struggles have prompted them to consider signing free-agent guard Gilbert Arenas. But the Lakers have yet to have him work out and interview him. 

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Lakers barely came out with a 106-101 victory Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the Lakers' aggressiveness against Minnesota. 

--The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Ray Richardson points to Minnesota lacking depth at center. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits Kobe Bryant for securing the Lakers' win over Minnesota. 

--The Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda credits the Timberwolves' late-game rally, but notes how Bryant helped to stop them.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains why Minnesota Coach Rick Adelman doesn't fret about the Lakers passing him up as a candidate to replace Phil Jackson.

--The Orange County Register's Ding observes how Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has fit in well in the NBA. 

--The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Richardson explains how Michael Beasley is adjusting to his new role.

--The Daily News' Teaford mentions that Lakers forward Metta World Peace will remain a starter because the Lakers beat Minnesota. Too bad he had little to do with it. 

Columns

--The Pioneer Press' Tom Powers believes the Timberwolves' youth will help them in the long run. 

--The Star Tribune's Jim Souhan argues that Bryant's performance further illustrates the Timberwolves lacking a strong shooting guard. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Minnesota. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on the Lakers' Big Three having a big night. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Timberwolves game. 

--Basketball Prospectus' Bradford Doolittle believes the Timberwolves are mirroring the Oklahoma City Thunder's development.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano and Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound credit the Lakers'  Big Three with the win.

Tweet of the Day:

"Day off finally. This season is awesome. So many games. 7089" -- MettaWorldPeace (Lakers forward Metta World Peace)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:

"This game proved and solidified the fact that Kobe can be Kobe and if Gasol and Bynum hustle they can get theirs as well. Kobe did what he always does -- take advantage of what he can, when he can. However, for Kobe to out rebound his 7 footers is not good at all."

"It serves to reason they save their energy on the offensive side of the ball. In addition, this formula will not work against better teams, unless our BIGs hustle at both ends." -- Kenneth McDowell

--Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who finished with 35 points and 14 rebounds Sunday, drives past Timberwolves guard Wesley Johnson in the second half in Minneapolis. Credit: Jim Mone / Associated Press

Lakers leaning against Gilbert Arenas signing

Kobe Bryant--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports the Lakers have had internal discussions about pursuing free-agent guard Gilert Arenas. But the team hasn't invited him for a workout and is leaning against signing him.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford talked to a source who indicated Arenas is interested in playing for the Lakers.  

Game stories

--The Times' Bresnahan documents the Lakers' road struggles, including a 100-89 loss Saturday to the Milwaukee Bucks.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Lakers' inconsistent effort. 

--The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner credits the Bucks' balanced effort against the Lakers. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Baxter Holmes explores the relationship between Pau and Marc Gasol. 

Notebooks

--The Register's Ding notes that Lakers forward Pau Gasol took the blame for the loss. 

--The Daily News' Teaford explains why Lakers Coach Mike Brown might consider giving Metta World Peace a starting role. 

Columns

--ESPN Los Angele's Dave McMenamin documents the Lakers' road struggles and also concludes his column with this smart observation: "OK, there's one more thing that's consistent about this Lakers team other than its road struggles: [Lakers Coach Mike] Brown is sticking to his plan to rely on defense to win, no matter what evidence has started to pop up that putting together a Plan B might be in order."

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell talks to Rudy Tomjanovich about the struggles he faced coaching the Lakers in the 2004-05 season. 

--The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Todd Rosiak details the Lakers' struggles this season. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Milwaukee. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Bucks game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's theshmoes argues the Lakers are running out of excuses. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano faults the Lakers' defense. 

Tweet of the Day: "Too grown to still be playing mind games.. When r they going to just let me play ?? I thought the NBA was about showing your everything" -- RebuildCaracter (Lakers forward Derrick Caracter)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "What a mess. This is essentially the same team as last year, minus Odom and Phil. Those who suggest Phil Jackson was an overrated coach are being proven wrong on a nightly basis by Mike Brown. All signs from the front office point to Jim Buss running the team, and the resulting operations are incredibly sloppy. Look at the way they handled the Mike Brown hiring; not letting their star player know and letting Brian Shaw (the guy they should've hired) find out through the media." -- Dave Abbitt

-- Mark Medina

Email the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant watches the final moments of the Lakers' 100-89 loss to the Bucks from the bench Saturday night in Milwaukee. Credit: Jim Prisching / Associated Press

Lakers-Clippers generate buzz (Web links)

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Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Pau Gasol's increased aggressiveness against in the Lakers' 96-91 win Wednesday over the Clippers. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding credits the Lakers for showing grit against the Clippers. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on the testiness surrounding the Lakers-Clippers game. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan notes how rookie guard Andrew Goudelock took advantage of his increased minutes. 

--The Times' Broderick Turner focuses on Chris Paul's return to the lineup after nursing a hamstring injury.

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights the Forbes ranking the Lakers as the NBA's most valuable franchise. 

 Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch focuses on Metta World Peace's late-game contributions and energy. 

Columns

--The Times' Bill Dwyre loves the intensity in the recent Lakers-Clippers games. 

-The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore credits Lakers Coach Mike Brown for having a defensive philosophy.  

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Gasol needs to remain aggressive. 

--Fox Sports West's Michael Martinez believes the chippiness between the Lakers and Clippers is just starting. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues Gasol's production will mostly hinge on his own aggressiveness. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne believes the Lakers and Clippers have a rivalry. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski argues Gasol's head rub on Chris Paul sent a clear message. 

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