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Pau Gasol takes Clippers 'very seriously' (Web links)

 

The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner explain why Lakers forward Pau Gasol takes the Clippers "very seriously"

 

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner explain why Lakers forward Pau Gasol takes the Clippers "very seriously."

--The Times' Turner reports it's possible Clippers guard Chris Paul will play Wednesday against the Lakers.

--The Times' Melissa Rohlin reports Blake Griffin's contention that he doesn't flop.

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott looks at the rare times the Lakers have functioned well on offense.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr focuses on Gasol's unhappiness with his role.

--Fox Sports ranks the Lakers at No. 15.

--The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth breaks down the differences between rooting for the Lakers and for the Clippers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues that Dwight Howard wouldn't fit in well with the Clippers.

--Fox Sports West's Michael Martinez notes that the Clippers don't view their match-up with the Lakers as a rivalry.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why Lakers Coach Mike Brown is "still searching" with his team.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky dissects how Gasol can balance scoring and facilitating.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe argues that the Lakers' main problem on offense has to deal with their lack of shooters.

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller wonders if the Lakers could win the title without acquiring Howard.

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 15, saying it's partly because they are squandering Gasol's skills.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith argues that the Lakers should keep the current roster intact and wait to sign Kevin Garnett via free agency this summer.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell compares and contrasts the low-post touches that Gasol and Andrew Bynum receive.

--The Orange County Register's Dan Woike notices that the Clippers are refusing to engage in any trash talk with the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman wonders why the Lakers remain horrible from three-point range.

--Clips Nation's Steve Perrin argues that the Clippers shouldn't have a hard time defending the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "Pau Gasol said today that the Clippers needed to be taken "very seriously." A year ago, people would have laughed at him. Not any more." -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times Lakers beat writer Mike Bresnahan) 

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The team has an identity and its a winning one: 3 Finals, 2 Rings, 4 Playoffs. Its Brown and his coaching staff who don't know what they are. They're not teaching old dogs new tricks, they're telling the bulldogs they're now suppose to be greyhounds. Good luck with that." -- Pi Ang

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-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Pau Gasol battles the Clippers' Blake Griffin on Jan. 14. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lakers have plenty of issues to deal with on offense

 

The TImes' Ben Bolch explains why Lakers forward Pau Gasol wants to work more in the post

 

--The Times' Ben Bolch explains why Lakers forward Pau Gasol wants to work more in the post. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes Derek Fisher's hope that the Lakers maintain a determined attitude through their three-game losing streak. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky explains why it's unlikely the Lakers will make any minor changes to their roster. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe says he loves it when Gasol runs the fast break. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes that the Lakers took the day off on Monday. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell analyzes the Lakers through 18 games. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap credits Kobe Bryant as the player of the week.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' offense. 

--Lakers Nation's Nadya Avakian argues that the Lakers lack an offensive identity.

Tweet of the Day: "Just saying: Pau spent a lot of time outside the paint yesterday during a 2Q stint with both Bynum and Kobe on the bench." -- ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "This is the dilemma ... having a nice guy like Pau avoids friction with the alpha male ... but nice guys rarely demand the ball in the post aggresively ... I don't think Kobe will refuse those who demand the ball as long they make the play ... on the other hand having team mate like westbrook in OKC could create potential frictions ..." -- Binsar Sitorus

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Pau Gasol is fouled by Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen while receiving a pass during a game at Staples Center last month. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lakers' three-game losing streak sparks concerns

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan outlines the Lakers' offensive struggles in their 98-96 loss Sunday to the Indiana Pacers.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes the Lakers' confidence shook after losing to Indiana. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers couldn't win despite having a balanced offense. 

--The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells credits Roy Hibbert for playing through a broken nose in the Pacers' win over the Lakers. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan and myself highlight Metta World Peace's improved performance and Brian Shaw's stint as an associate coach for the Indiana Pacers.

--The Daily News' Teaford focuses on Shaw's return to Staples Center. 

--The Indianapolis Star's Wells explains why Lakers forward Josh McRoberts felt "insulted" the Pacers didn't try to re-sign him. 

Sidebars

--The Orange County Register's Carr lists 10 things the Lakers can fix right now. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights the Lakres' frustrations over their three-game losing streak. 

Columns

--Fox Sports' Joe McDonnell wonders when the Lakers will show up. 

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer muses on Roy Hibbert eating at Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles after playing against the Lakers with a broken nose. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Indiana. 

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark faults the Lakers' late-game execution. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly in the Lakers' loss to Indiana. 

Tweet of the Day: "Lakers have veterans who know how to play+are capable of adjusting with Brown. Just going to take time, something in short supply right now" -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Pau as facilitator was nice but we need him back offensively. He helped us to two titles, he can do it again, but he needs to go back to what he was before. I want THAT Pau back so much - otherwise, a trade is likely in his future, as much as it hurts me to say that." -- Sameera Ahmad

--Mark Medina

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Brian Shaw moving on from Lakers' snub

Brian Shaw

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks with Pacers associate coach Brian Shaw, who explains how he's moved on from being passed up to replace former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson.

--The Times' Ben Bolch details the Lakers' practice on Saturday, which involved comprehensive film study.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr highlights how the Lakers plan to improve their sluggish offense.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky break down the Lakers' roster holes in their latest podcast.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe pegs Lakers forward Metta World Peace as a disappointment so far this season.

--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan ranks the Lakers at No. 12 in his latest power rankings.

--The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells also talked to Shaw about playing his old team and his messy departure from the Lakers.

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski talks to league sources who believe the Orlando Magic are too good to want to trade Dwight Howard.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound breaks down the Lakers' poor shooting numbers.

Tweet of the Day: "'If we execute the same way, especially our starters, those shots are going to go down eventually, so I’ll live with it," Mike Brown said." -- janiscarr (Orange County Register's Janis Carr) 

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: " I do not like it when the Lakers Organization treats its members in a disrespectful fashion. That's not the way it's supposed to be done." -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw won three championships as a Lakers player and earned another two as a member of Jackson's coaching staff from 2005 through last season. Credit: Michael Conroy / Associated Press

Deron Williams' short list includes the Lakers

Kobe Bryant/Dwight Howard

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reports New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams wants to stay with the New Jersey Nets should they secure Dwight Howard. If not, Williams has a short list of desirable destinations, including the Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' horrific offense in their 92-80 loss Friday to the Orlando Magic. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes the Lakers appear tired. 

--The Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robinson details the Magic's dominance. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on the Lakers' offensive struggles. 

Notebooks

--The Daily News' Teaford reports Kobe Bryant doesn't take cortisone shots before every game. Instead, he takes a numbing agent that dulls the pain in his right wrist similar to what Novocain does on dentist visits. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on Metta World Peace's lack of productivity. 

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick talks to Lakers assistant Chuck Person about the transition from the Phil Jackson to Mike Brown era, among other topics. 

--ESPN.com's Zach McCann highlights Dwight Howard's effort.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz talks to Magic General Manager Otis Smith, who contends the trade talk surrounding Howard has affected Jameer Nelson's play. 

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues Howard stated his case in Friday's game against the Lakers on why the purple and gold need to acquire him. 

--The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi calls out Shaquille O'Neal for arguing Bynum is better than Howard. 

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues it shouldn't be a surprise the Lakers are struggling offensively. It's one of the reasons why he thought Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw would make the best candidate to replace Phil Jackson. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers can't depend on Bryant to bail them out on offense. 

--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Palmer advocates for the Lakers to secure Howard. 

--Fox Sports Florida's Tim Povtak argues Howard may have hurt his own trade cause by playing well. 

Blogs

--True Hoop's Henry Abbott argues Bryant's heavy minutes hurts the Lakers' title chances. 

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

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman argues Williams' wish list means very little. 

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues the Lakers are a broken model. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the good and the bad in the Lakers' loss to Orlando. 

Tweet of the Day: "Longtime NBA scout watching Lakers: "This reminds me of the post-triangle hangover when Rudy T. took over from Phil. It takes a while."" -- WojYahooNBA (Yahoo! Sports' NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:

What an outrageous disaster we are.. No inside game, no shooting accuracy, no offence, no hungry.. nothing!, You wanted to see Bynum against Howard? well it happened and andrew was crushed, no more speculations Howard is the best center by far.

This Florida trip has showed us what is gonna happen on the road or against elite teams.. we re gonna be outscored, and with humiliation. Kobe is running out of fuel, and with only 17 games played, the bench is nothing but a bunch of crap. One question.. wasn t Mike Brown a defensive specialist?? Where is our defense?" -- Leonardo Bovone

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls down a rebound in front of Magic center Dwight Howard in the second half Friday night in Orlando. Credit: Brian Blanco / EPA

Lakers haven't talked to Magic "in a while" about Dwight Howard

67503784 --The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report that the Lakers and Orlando haven't had trade talks in "a while." Still, Kobe Bryant has had at least one in-depth conversation with Dwight Howard about coming to the Lakers, but he doesn't think he would be the Lakers' top option.

 Game stories

--The Times' Bresnahan details the Lakers' poor execution in their 98-87 loss Thursday to the Miami Heat.  

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers couldn't match Miami's energy.  

--The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman credits LeBron James for scoring 31 points despite having flu-like symptoms.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why the Lakers had no answer for James.

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman credits the Heat for having a balanced effort.

Notebooks

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Anthony Chiang highlights that Lakers Coach Mike Brown contends coaching James ultimately helped land him the Lakers' head coaching job.

--The Orange County Register's Ding explains that Brown played the starters in the fourth quarter to build up their tenacity.

--The Daily News' Teaford looks at the big beast Andrew Bynum faces Friday when he matches up with Howard.  

Sidebars

--ESPN.com's Tom Haberstoh hands out grades to the Heat's roster.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin highlights Bryant's comments that the Lakers' offense remains a work in progress.  

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 6 in his latest power rankings.  

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Brown always felt like he was walking on egg shells when he coached James in Cleveland.

Columns

--The TImes' Bill Plaschke argues the Lakers don't have a championship-contending roster.

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde believes James wanted to send Bryant a message with his performance.

--ESPN Los Angeles' McMenamin examines the Lakers' poor road record.

--The Miami Herald's Linda Robertson argues James dazzled while Bryant fizzled.

--Fox Sports Florida's Chris Tomasson argues Bryant played as if he had an illness.Tomasson also believes Bynum has a lot to prove when he matches up with Howard.

--Yahoo! Sports' Wojnarowski argues Brown's taking a huge risk playing Bryant heavy minutes. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' loss to Miami.

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues the Lakers lack depth.

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues the Heat would've blown the Lakers out if Dwyane Wade played.

Tweet of the Day: " I played like $h!t 2nite, it won't happen again!" -- Matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "It's bad enough to not be able to compete with talent but the Lakers got outhustled and outplayed badly. They frankly didn't seem to show up against the Heat once again. And this is without Wade. Trouble is the Lakers need players - and they gave up a valuable one in Lamar Odom. Bummer revelation in Lakers Land." -- Leon Fisher

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum tries to power his way past Magic center Dwight Howard during their NBA Finals matchup. Credit: Los Angeles Times / June 1, 2009.

LeBron James possibly out sick for Lakers game

Kobe Bryant/LeBron James

--ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst reports LeBron James was sent home after morning shootaround because of an illness. Windhorst also argues James and Kobe Bryant aren't' rivals.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believes a Kobe-LeBron Finals matchup is on the horizon.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Andrew Bynum's contention that the Lakers must win at least one game in their two-game trip against Miami and Orlando.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr compares the Lakers' Big Three to the rest of the league.

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Anthony Chiang mentions James' status remains a game-time decision. Dwyane Wade will not play against the Lakers because of a sprained left ankle.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues Kobe Bryant's teammates must learn to match his aggressiveness.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer muses on Dwyane Wade's $230,000 car.

--The Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman focuses on Eddy Curry's debut with Miami.

--ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh details how James and Bryant produce in the post.

--ESPN.com debates whether Bryant or James is the better player.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky asks readers whether they're more interesting the Lakers-Heat game or the Lakers-Magic game.

--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler believes Dwight Howard and Deron Williams could go to the Dallas Mavericks.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe provides a detailed rundown on Bryant's game.

--NBA.com's Charley Rosen previews the Lakers-Heat matchup.

--The Orlando Sentinel's Brian Schmitz believes Shaquille O'Neal said Bynum is the NBA's best center simply to agitate Dwight Howard.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell provides a run-down of Derek FIsher's clutchness.

--Fox Sports West's Kiki Vandeweghe previews the Lakers' two-game trip.

--The Hoop Doctors' Brad Washington compared Bryant's performance in 2012 to Michael Jordan's 1995-96 season.

--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman compares and contrasts Bryant's and James' scoring.

Tweet of the Day: "The Lakers are 3-7 in their last 10 games in Miami and just 1-6 in their last 7." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: It's a new coaching staff, and new system. I think in the current situation, and the ordeals that the Lakers face this season, they've done alright so far. don't count the Lakers out this season... at least not yet." -- Michael K. Yang

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Miami forward LeBron James might not play in tonight's game agaisnt the Lakers. He was sent home after morning shoot-around because of flu-like symptoms. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lamar Odom still questions Lakers' trade

Lamar Odom

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan has breakfast in Dallas with former Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who still questions why the Lakers tried to trade him to the New Orleans Hornets.

--The Times' Ben Bolch explains the Lakers' unsuccesful attempts to reach out to Odom. 

--ESPN.com's Ric Bucher argues in the video below that Kobe Bryant's recent scoring outburst was partly an exhibition to prove to Dwight Howard that he still has plenty left in his tank. 

--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan details how Lamar Odom has dealt with personal trials far more serious than trades. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr details how Pau Gasol and Luke Walton look forward to seeing Odom again. 

--The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin argues the Lakers don't have a shot at getting true revenge against the Mavericks. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky highlights Mike Brown's hope that the NBA reviews Blake Griffin's push on Darius Morris. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on the Lakers drawing motivation from being eliminated by the Mavericks in the 2011 playoffs. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap highlights Bryant as the Lakers' player of the week. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano reflects on Bryant's performances in the past week. 

Tweet of the Day: "Got to get some rest :) long day tomorrow! I'm excited for the Mavs/Laker game... Night night world! Muah!" -- KhloeKardashian

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "If Lamar wasn't a Maverick now, I'd root for us to simply throw napalm on their entire team and be done with it. I miss Lamar." -- Jon K.

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Mavericks forward Lamar Odom drives against Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka during a preseason game last month.Credit: LM Otero / Associated Press

Lakers, Clippers could have a rivalry brewing

Lakers/Clippers

Game stories

--The Times' Broderick Turner details how the Clippers grabbed Los Angeles' attention over the Lakers for one night in their 102-94 victory Saturday.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford noticed the Clippers took over Staples Center Saturday against the Clippers. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch highlights Kobe Bryant's high scoring effort.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details the chippiness at the Lakers-Clippers game. 

--Fox Sports West remains impressed with how Bryant has played through injuries. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bolch and the Orange County Register's Ding explain how Steve Blake's absence severely hurts the bench.

--The Times' Turner explains why Mo Williams sat out of the Lakers' game.

--The Daily News' Teaford and Bonsignore looks at how Darius Morris will fit in as the Lakers' reserve point guard. 

Columns

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins argues the Clippers are more than just "lob city."

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues a true Lakers-Clippers rivalry is brewing. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues fair-weather fans should become Clipper fans. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers-Clippers game. 

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

--Clips Nation's Steve Perrin breaks down the Lakers-Clippers game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark believes the Lakers felt overwhelmed with the Chris Paul and the restful Clippers. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's R.R. Magellan breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly from the Lakers-Clippers game. 

Tweet of the Day: "Tex and Phil are gone, but Kobe has Fish. Fish is ground control to Major Tom. He trusts Fish." -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "If there is one person who should be complaining about fatigue, its Kobe.But he is not, instead you can still see in him the determination to win.This is not the case with Bynum and Gasol who are just strolling around and allowed the Clippers to out-rebound them....the 2 big men of the Lakers are quite slow compared to their counterparts..they should learn to be more aggressive even without the ball." -- Le Jan Esponilla Leybie

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant works against the tight defense of Clippers forward Caron Butler during their game Saturday night at Staples Center. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images / January 14, 2012. 

Mike Brown compares Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

 

The Times' Ben Bolch notes Mike Brown's belief that Kobe Bryant is more "serious-minded" than LeBron James

--The Times' Ben Bolch notes Mike Brown's belief that Kobe Bryant is more "serious-minded" than LeBron James.

--The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Schmitt Boyer talks to Brown about how he's adjusting to the Lakers. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr says she believes that Andrew Bynum has a strong chance to make the All-Star team.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer says he loves the story lines surrounding Bryant and James. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky explains why Steve Blake's rib injury severely hurts the Lakers at point guard.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford argues that the Lakers' next three games against Cleveland, the Clippers and Dallas could be emotional. Brown used to coach the Cavs, the Lakers nearly landed Clippers guard Chris Paul and former Laker Lamar Odom was traded to the Mavericks.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell does some number-crunching regarding Bryant's scoring.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues that the Lakers need Dwight Howard's teammates more than they need Howard.

Tweet of the Day: "The Lakers have just 5 home games in the next 32 days." -- ESPNChrisPalmer (Chris Palmer, ESPN The Magazine NBA writer)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers need to get themselves a pointguard someone who's going to put the bigs in a better position to score. Kobe contolling the ball takes the effectiveness away from Pau and Bynum. It's great Kobe is scoring lots of points but Kobe is not playing team ball. He's more concern about trying to catch Shaq." -- Ronald A. Mitchell 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Mike Brown and Kobe Bryant. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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