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Kobe Bryant provides jaw-dropping dunks (Web links)

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Kobe Bryant's dominance in the Lakers' 99-83 victory Tuesday over the Phoenix Suns.

--The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro details Phoenix's unraveling in the fourth quarter. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding marvels at Bryant's 48-point effort. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford admires Bryant's ability to play through his injuries. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Bresnahan reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum doesn't plan to play in the 2012 London Olympics so he can rest his knees. 

--The Times' Ben Bolch highlights the emotions former Laker Shannon Brown felt on matching up against in his former team in the Lakers.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr relives some of Bryant's greatest performances. 

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Brown's time with the Lakers. 

Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers admires how Suns Coach Alvin Gentry has displayed class as a longtime NBA coach. 

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande believes Bryant's 48-point performance was bred out of hatred for the Phoenix Suns, specifically Steve Nash. 

--The Orange County Register's Ding argues Bryant's performance should inspire others. 

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell admires Bryant's ability to play through his injuries. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains how Lakers Coach Mike Brown remains more consumed with defense than Bryant's scoring. 

--Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski explores how Bryant and Mike Brown have communicated together late at night to improve his game. 

Blogs

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

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe breaks down Andrew Bynum's problems with making post passes. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues Laker fans should simply appreciate Bryant's dominance while it lasts. 

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

Tweet of the Day: "Since #NBARank is getting attention again, I'll explain what I said before: We were asked to rank every player in the league w/ a 1-10 mark ... Kobe ending up No. 7 only meant he ended up with a few more 8s & 9s instead of 10s compared to the six players in front of him" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Thank's for motivating Kobe. No changing of the guard yet." -- Peter Erb

--Mark Medina

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Lakers' 97-90 victory over Golden State Warriors looked ugly

Kobe Bryant

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' ugly execution in their 97-90 victory Friday over the Golden State Warriors.

--Oakland Tribune's Marcus Thompson II explains how the Warriors couldn't stop Kobe Bryant. 

--Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits Bryant's 39-point performance for overcoming the Warriors' rally. 

Notebooks

--Orange County Register's Janis Carr and Daily News' Teaford explain why Lakers Coach Mike Brown isn't concerned about Bryant's wrist injections. 

--The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons details Dorell Wright's poor shooting performance. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch talks to 710 ESPN radio analyst and former Laker Mychal Thompson about his son, Klay, scoring a career-high 14 points against the Lakers.

--NBA.com's Fran Blinebury reflects on the Lakers' 33-game winning streak through their 1971-72 championship season. 

--Fox Sports lists Metta World Peace on its list of 10 most disappointing players to start the season. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin focuses on Kobe Bryant's belief that Andrew Bynum has surpassed Pau Gasol in the pecking order. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' victory over Golden State.

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

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly from the Lakers' win. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark credits the Lakers' work ethic despite their many struggles. 

Tweet of the Day: Kwame Brown on ex-teammate Andrew Bynum: "I taught him everything he knows. I told him if you can score on me, you can score on anyone.' -- Mike_Bresnahan (L.A. Times' Lakers beat writer)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "There is a psychological "pecking order" on the offense... but there shouldn't be. It should be about ball movement, creating space and as Jeff Kerns notes "let the open man score."" -- Jon Michael Philip

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tries to split the defense of Golden State's Chris Wright, left, and Klay Thompson on a drive in the fourth quarter Friday night at Staples Center. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times 

Kobe Bryant receives right wrist pre-game injections [Web links]

Kobe BryantGame stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers struggled at the Rose Garden in their 107-96 loss Thursday to the Portland Trail Blazers.

--The Columbian's Matt Calkins says the Trail Blazers played like the best team in the Western Conference.

--The Oregonian's Joe Freeman focuses on Gerald Wallace's solid performance against the Lakers.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford blames the Lakers' loss on their inability to defend Wallace.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan explains how Devin Ebanks is handling his reduced playing time at small forward.

--The Daily News' Teaford provides an update on Andrew Bynum's conditioning.

Columns

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explores Bynum's struggle in fighting through double teams.  Ding also reports that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant receives pre-game injections to reduce the pain surrounding the torn ligament on his right wrist.

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins looks at how Bynum is handling the pressure of an increased role.

--ESPN.com's Rick Reilly grills Bryant on shooting too much.

Sidebars

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande gets the Lakers to open up about fielding plenty of white players.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin also details Bryant's pre-game wrist injections.

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer admires and is frustrated by how Bryant handles his injuries.

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

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues Lamar Odom would've come in handy in defending Wallace.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the Lakers' third-quarter collapse against Portland.

Tweet of the Day: "Lakers are 4-4 for the first time since November 2005." -- ESPNChrisPalmer (ESPN The Magazine's Chris Palmer)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The Lakers are known as Kobe, Bynum and Gasol. Those 3 have been stellar. All they need is a good effort from the rest of the team. The Lakers got out fast and looked very good. Typically they've gotten blown out of the Rose Garden early in the game. I once saw them down by about 25 points before halftime. That was about 5 years ago." -- John Rowe

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant exits the court after the Lakers lost to the Trail Blazers, 107-96, on Thursday night in Portland. Credit: Don Ryan / Associated Press

The Lakers' struggle at Portland's Rose Garden

Pau Gasol/Portland

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers struggle when they play the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. 

--The Columbian's Matt Calkins extrapolates on the Lakers-Blazers matchup. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Kobe Bryant's high remarks on Andrew Bynum's play. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe breaks down whether the Trail Blazers are contenders. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky provides an open debate on what qualities Laker fans have. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky analyzes some numbers regarding Bryant's play. 

--Fox Sports' Joe McDonnell believes Bryant's willing to share the spotlight. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explores the dynamic between Bryant and Bynum. 

--The Oregonian's Jason Quick talks with Portland players who feel the Trail Blazers still remain under the radar despite starting off with a Western Conference-leading 4-1 record. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details Bynum's readiness for Portland. 

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman wonders if Bynum's strong play will entice the Orlando Magic. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides a few fast-break thoughts. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R. break down various points from the Lakers-Rockets game. 

Tweet of the Day: "I don't consider the @Lakers a sleeper pick. The Clippers, Spurs & Lakers all have a chance to beat OKC to win the West." --- MagicJohnson (Lakers legend Magic Johnson)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I couldn't help but smile when The Beast got upset at the end of the half when Kobe wouldn't pass him the ball. The Beast wants it, he's really a superstar Center in the making. He's not being babied anymore so it's all a matter of staying healthy now. Of course he was going again Patrick Patterson and Jordan Hill, but the agressiveness and smarts the Beast plays with is very encouraging. " -- Gilberto Rocky Portillo

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Pau Gasol grabs a rebound against the Trailblazers on April 11, 2010. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum dominate in Lakers' win over Rockets

Mike Brown/Kobe Bryant

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explores how Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum became a tough 1-2 combo during the Lakers' 108-99 victory Tuesday over Houston.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen notes how the Lakers took control in the fourth quarter against the Rockets. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on Bryant's aggressiveness. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits Bryant for playing through his wrist injury. 

Columns

--The Times' T.J. Simers argues Brown is being a pushover for deferring to Bryant.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande argues Bryant's still shooting too much. 

--Fox Sports' Joe McDonnell argues the Lakers have their own Big Three. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan details how Metta World Peace has led the bench reserves.

--The Daily News' Teaford looks at how Brown's coaching staff spends one-on-one time with players watching film. 

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch notices Steve Blake is closing out the fourth quarter more than Derek Fisher.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus examines how Brown defers to Bryant. 

Blogs

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer makes fun of Bynum's driving. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Houston. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explores the dynamic in the Brown-Bryant relationship. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell keeps a running diary of the Lakers-Rockets game. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore loves Bynum's potential, assuming he stays healthy. 

Tweet of the Day: "The only reasonable reaction to the release of the All-Star ballot today is to laugh and then ignore it." -- ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "DonĀ“t like the turn that Coach brown has made in the way he see Kobe's game. By telling 'Kobe needs some freedom 'cause he's the star', more freedom than Morris, DFish or...Pau???, you're sending a clear message: things are going to remain the same, we're 4 guys on a system and Kobe doin' his own stuff." -- Felix Antonio Gutierrez Santolino

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers Coach Mike Brown greets Kobe Bryant as he heads to the bench in the first half Tuesday night at Staples Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

Mike Brown, Andrew Bynum take blame for Lakers' 99-90 loss to Denver Nuggets

Andrew Bynum

Game stories

--The Times' Ben Bolch focuses on Kobe Bryant's poor shooting effort in the Lakers' 99-90 loss Sunday to the Denver Nuggets. 

--The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman outlines how the Nuggets guarded Kobe Bryant. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why Lakers Coach Mike Brown and center Andrew Bynum took the blame for the Lakers' loss to Denver. Still, Brown made it clear he wished the Lakers utilized the post more and that his players, including Bryant, didn't take so many jump shots. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford faults the Lakers for not using enough of their inside game. 

Notebooks

--The Times' Ben Bolch explains how Luke Walton still provides informal advice to some of the players he coached during the lockout as a temporary assistant for the University of Memphis Tigers. 

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Bryant becoming the youngest NBA player and sixth overall to score at least 28,000 points. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' 99-90 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark blames the loss on Bryant. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly in the Lakers' loss to Denver. 

Tweet of the Day: "Think Kobe was happy w/his 6-for-28 shooting night? He's currently breaking down the game film w/coaching staff on team plane." -- LakersReporter (Lakers.com's Mike Trudell)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Lakers would have won that game had kobe not shot the lakers out of it especially late in the game" -- Lorenzo Engracia

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum pulls down a rebound between Denver big men Nene, left, and Timofey Mozgov in the first quarter Sunday. Credit: Chris Schneider / Associated Press

Andrew Bynum enters season expecting a large role

Andrew Bynum

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers plan to enhance Andrew Bynum's role this season.

-- The Daily News' Phil Collin focuses on Bynum's itchiness to play. 

-- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman notes how Nuggets Coach George Karl hopes his team builds a rhythm when it plays three games in consecutive nights, including a back-to-back set against the Lakers. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky provides a detailed practice report. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky highlights Mike Brown's defensive philosophy. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how Josh McRoberts spent his initial time with the Lakers carpooling with Troy Murphy and Andrew Goudelock in a Prius. 

-- Fox Sports' Chris Tomasson argues the 2012 London Olympic basketball team featuring Kobe Bryant could be superior to the 1992 Dream Team. 

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with Lakers' radio announcer John Ireland about what it's like covering the team.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap believes that Bynum's return makes it easier to actually assess the Lakers.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett provides statistical analysis explaining how Pau Gasol looks comfortable in Mike Brown's offense. 

Tweet of the Day: "I not only love this years system but I love last years system also. I am blessed to being playing ball period!!!!! .... If I have to keep score, get the towels and clean the floor for my team I will!! ... If I have to shine shoes at the entrance and then sub in the game I will do that" -- MettaWorldPeace (Lakers forward Metta World Peace)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The D is really clicking right now! The best through 4 games... who would have ever said that before the season started. With Bynum coming back its only going to get better, perhaps a rough patch here or there, but they need to keep it up." -- Chris F Almazan

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, left, walks with teammate Pau Gasol during a game against San Antonio in April. Bynum expects to play an even larger role in the team's offensive strategy this season. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times 

Lakers' 99-82 victory over New York Knicks sparks optimism

Kobe Bryant

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan notes how healthy Kobe Bryant looked in the Lakers' 99-82 victory Thursday over the New York Knicks.

--The New York Times' Howard Beck explains how the Knicks had no answer for Bryant. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding notes how the Lakers have renewed optimism about the season. 

--The New York Daily News' Frank Isola credits Bryant for playing well despite the injuries. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford credits the Lakers' team effort in their win over New York.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on how Metta World Peace is still getting used to his name change.

--The Daily News' Teaford highlights Bryant's contention on how the Orthokine procedure significantly helped his right knee.

Sidebars

--The Times' Ben Bolch credits the Lakers' reserve unit.

Columns

--The Times' Bill Plaschke is warming up to Lakers Coach Mike Brown.

--The Times' T.J. Simers demands an explanation from Lakers center Andrew Bynum for receiving two citations.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne credits Bryant's resolve during the Lakers' adverse times in the past three weeks. 

--The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker notices the Lakers showing signs of life. 

Blogs

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over New York. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Mike Brown's belief that young teams have an early advantage during this lockout-shortened season. 

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore argues the Lakers are moving in the right direction. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano provides the good, the bad and the ugly from the Lakers win over New York. 

Tweet of the Day: "Mike Hopkins, an asst coach at Cuse & friend of Mike Brown's, likes to say, "Nothing great was ever accomplished w/o enthusiasm." Fitting." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "We sure could have used the "3 ball" last year! anyhow, if L.A. continues to make shots from "3 point-land," it'll really open things up for kobe, pau and 'drew. nice defensive work last night!" -- Steven Paul Martinez

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, front, saves a ball from going out of bounds in front of New York's Bill Walker during the second quarter of the Lakers' 99-82 victory Thursday at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / Dec. 29, 2011)

Lakers enjoy the day off (Web links)

Metta World Peace

-- The Times' Ben Bolch focuses on Metta World Peace's leadership role off the bench and how the Lakers handled their day off Wednesday.

--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande notices the ironing board Lakers Coach Mike Brown keeps in the Lakers' locker room. 

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes this isn't the first time Andrew Bynum has received a traffic ticket. He also often squeals out of the Lakers' practice facility in one of his Ferraris. 

--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains how Lakers guard Derek Fisher faces physical and team challenges this season. 

-- Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles notes how Lakers Coach Mike Brown wants the players to make progress pretty soon on grasping his system. 

--Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock argues it's too early to judge the Lakers until Andrew Bynum returns to the lineup. 

--NBA.com's panel of writers debates the Lakers slow start. 

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford noted that the Lakers stepped in the right direction with their win against Utah. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell details how Josh McRoberts and Troy Murphy have contributed to the Lakers thus far. 

--SIlver Screen and Roll's Saurav A. Das provides a few quick-hit thoughts regarding the Lakers' 1-2 start. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard notices the Lakers are pinning lots of responsiblity on Kobe Bryant. 

Tweet of the Day: "Since Durant and Westbrook now hate each other, the Lakers should dangle Walton, Morris, Caracter, and a pick. AK #EveryLakerFan" -- ESPNLandOLakers (ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Not sure if our "D" was that good or the Jazz "O" was that bad? Gonna go with a combo of both. Nice to get the first one out of the way!" -- Rodney Starr

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers forward Metta World Peace confers with Coach Mike Brown during the Lakers' victory over Utah on Tuesday. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

Lakers' 100-91 loss to Sacramento Kings prompts concerns

Sportswriters and commentators look at the Lakers' 100-91 loss to the Sacramento Kings
Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details the Lakers' fourth-quarter flameout in their 100-91 loss Monday to the Sacramento Kings. Bresnahan also notes that forward Josh McRoberts has a sprained left thumb but says he wants to play Tuesday against Utah. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding focuses on the Lakers' poor defense. 

--The Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones highlights the Kings' ability to withstand the Lakers' late-game rally. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes that the Lakers have lost two consecutive games for the first time since the 2002-03 season.

Notebooks

--The Times' Bresnahan highlights Coach Mike Brown's comments that rebounding will determine how long Devin Ebanks keeps his starting job.

--The Sacramento Bee's Jones says Kings Coach Paul Westphal plans to limit minutes. 

--The Daily News' Teaford explains that the Lakers are playing in a more rugged style. 

Sidebars

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports that the Lakers visited a cryotherapy clinic Monday before their game against Sacramento. 

Blogs

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

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

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark explains why he thinks the Lakers aren't a championship team.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano focuses on a few points concerning the Lakers' loss.  

--Sactown Royalty's Tom Ziller notes that Marcus Thornton beat Kobe Bryant at his own game. 

Tweet of the Day: "Sacramento just moved closer to a new arena. Drive to keep the Kings has been fueled by emotion, and beating Lakers is an emotional boost." -- SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "We have guys like Troy Murphy, Josh McRoberts, Luke Walton, Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, and Jason Kapono all playing roles for this years squad. No NBA team can win when you have this many bench fillers on your team. That's half of the team right there. And I'm not including Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, Ron Artest, and Derek Fisher; who are either too young, too old, or too nutty. I'm putting an asterisk on this season.

Mitch needs to find a way to get some players. Dwight and DWill would be nice, but right now we need 2-3 more guys who can compete and defend against 1st string NBA players." --Gilberto Rocky Portillo

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant tries to drive past Kings guard Marcus Thornton on Monday night in Sacramento. Credit: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

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