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Kobe Bryant undergoes innovative procedure on left ankle

Kobe Bryant

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had an innovative procedure in Germany this offseason to treat his troublesome left ankle.

--The Times' T.J. Simers talks to Lakers executive Jim Buss, who contends they can still win an NBA championship.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding argues the Lakers have lots to prove in the 2011-12 season.

--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer provides an in-depth preview on Lakers' season. 

--ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg believes Bulls guard Derrick Rose is hardly motivated by money. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky and ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell preview the Lakers-Bulls Christmas Day game. 

--The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson notes that Rose remains motivated from remaining 0-3 at Staples Center. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi notes Bryant's refusal to talk about his injured right wrist after Saturday's practice. 

--Sports Illustrated's Britt Robson ranks the Lakers at No. 7 in his league power rankings. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Stephen A. Smith believes Bryant is keeping his thoughts on the current Lakers close to the vest. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at how the Lakers are handling the numerous roster changes. Teaford also provides a positional breakdown of the team's roster.'s Mike Trudell sizes up the team's forwards and centers

--ESPN Chicago's Michael Wilbon argues Richard Hamilton's arrival with the Bulls make them an instant contender. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano previews the Lakers-Bulls game. 

Tweet of the Day: "Lakers fans are quite mentally fragile these days. And newfound Clippers fans are snickering. Never seen 2 preseason games change so much." -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Kobe will be fine, the lakers need to solve rotation issues on D, its "layup city" for every team in the league against us. We always seem to make other players look better than they are..." -- Damon Smith

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant played through pain last season, including a playoff battle against eventual champion Dallas, and he'll open this season with an injured right wrist. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant always fights through injuries

66930595-1--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Lakers guard Kobe Bryant feels he's well enough to play in Sunday's season opener against the Chicago Bulls.

--The Times' Ben Bolch details how NBA teams have handled a frenetic free-agency period.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr outlines how Bryant has overcome numerous injuries in his career. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding mentions that Bryant's injury won't require surgery. 

--Lakers Nation's Mark Heisler predicts the Lakers will likely keep the team intact until just before the trade deadline. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders how Bryant's wrist injury will affect him. 

--Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins predicts the Lakers will finish first in the Pacific Division. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin relives the uncertainty that the NBA would actually start on Christmas Day. 

--CBS Sports' Matt Moore outlines the positives and negatives between playing Bryant and resting him.'s Mike Trudell focuses on Bryant's plans to play through the pain. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes Bryant's calm demeanor about his wrist injury.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark calls Jerry Buss the best sports owner. 

Tweet of the Day: "If we reduce Bynum's suspension by one game, does that make up for the whole Chris Paul thing?" -- ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "So Mike Brown's offense consists of Center in post with the other 4 guys outside ready to shoot 3s? And they say the triangle is boring." -- Pi Ang

-- Mark Medina

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Clippers catching Magic Johnson's attention (Web links)

Magic Johnson

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and myself highlight Magic Johnson's impressions of the Clippers and why the Lakers need consistently strong performances from Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.

--The Times' Ben Bolch dives into how NBA teams and players have handled a frenetic free agency period and training camp overlapping.

--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Clippers guard Randy Foye isn't worried about his future. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr and Kevin Ding focuses on Kobe Bryant relishing Mike Brown's criticism. 

--Fox Sports ranks the Lakers as the sixth-best team in the NBA. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues the Lakers should pursue Gilbert Arenas. 

--Sheridan Hoops' Mark Heisler muses over the Clippers' stealing attention away from the Lakers. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe says Chris Paul has already arrived with the Clippers. 

--Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum ranks Derek Fisher in ninth place among aging veterans. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne explores Bryant's leadership qualities. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains why Bryant feels fine with Brown criticizing him.'s Mike Trudell explains how Bryant and Brown bond over hard work. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R. breaks down the Lakers' offense. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano previews the Lakers-Clippers matchup. 

Tweet of the Day: "Let's remember Kobe has around clock training staff that he swears by. Might be only person not concerned" -- DuranLA (710 ESPN's Beto Duran)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "With the Lakers potential of a slow start to the season....I guess we could see more of 'Kobe taking over' with 'more' minutes than he should be playing for such an ardous season. It will be hard for Coach Brown to stick to his game and season plan if the Lakers are falling behind in the standings." -- John Fatland

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Magic Johnson, clockwise from left, says the Lakers will need Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to play their best for the team to be successful. Credits: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times; Paul Buck / EPA; Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lakers fail to upstage Clippers (Web links)

Kobe Bryant

Game stories:

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan details how the Clippers proved superior in their 114-95 preseason victory Monday over the Lakers.


--The Times' Ben Bolch looks at the competition for starting small forward between Matt Barnes and Devin Ebanks.

--The Times' Broderick Turner talks to Clippers guard Mo Williams, who says his pride was hurt after they acquired Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers struggled defending Chris Paul. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at the possible lineup combinations for the Lakers. 


--The Times' Bolch explains what the Lakers lacked in defense.

--The Times' Rick Rojas and Richard Winton talk to legal experts who predict Vanessa Bryant will acquire quite a windfall from the divorce settlement with husband Kobe.


--The Times' T.J. Simers wonders where the Clippers will hang their championship banner in Staples Center.

--The Times' Bill Dwyre argues that the Clippers are stealing "Showtime" from the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Kevin Arnovitz says Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro must take advantage of his talented roster. 

--The Daily News' Jon Gold contends that L.A. fans aren't jumping on the Clippers' bandwagon yet. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Pedro Moura remains impressed with the Clippers' youth. 


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

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin lists 10 things to take away from the Lakers' preseason loss to the Clippers.

Tweet of the Day: "I don't think Phil ever had a winning preseason w/ either Bulls or Lakers. No need 2 worry. Just so happy to see #Lakers again!" -- JeanieBuss (Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "It seems as if the book on how to beat the Lakers appears to be the same. Get a quick guard to break down the defense, let it collapse, pass around the perimeter for an open three or another drive from another athletic guard/small forward. Rinse, repeat." — Ed Kim

— Mark Medina

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Photo: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan fouls Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during the first quarter of the Clippers' 114-95 exhibition victory Monday at Staples Center. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / December 19, 2011.

Kobe Bryant wants to be Laker for life (Web links)

Kobe Bryant--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears talks to Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who maintains he wants to be a Laker for life. 

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Troy Murphy and Jason Kapono can help the Lakers' outside shooting.

--The Times' Ben Bolch dives into Metta World Peace's complex personality.

--The Times' Broderick Turner highlights the warm fan reception Clippers guard Chris Paul has already received.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how Kobe Bryant has helped foster team chemistry.

--Fox Sports' Randy Hill predicts the Miami Heat will win the 2012 NBA championship. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky analyzes what the Lakers' frontcourt must do to compensate for Lamar Odom's departure.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin says the Lakers need a stronger bench this season. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne says it will take time for the Clippers to develop chemistry.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford breaks down positional matchups between the Lakers and Clippers.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark sizes up the Lakers' frontcourt. 

Tweet of the Day: "It's been 7 months and 16 days (or 230 days total) since the Lakers last played at Staples Center. It's been 251 days for the Clips." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I will point out this... The Lakers are spending less money for McRoberts, Murphy, and Kapono COMBINED than they were spending on Odom. I wonder if the Odom dump off wasn't purely a financial move." -- John Robert Perry

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told Yahoo! Sports that he wants to remain a Laker for life. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Lakers making roster changes

Devin Ebanks

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explores the possibility that Devin Ebanks might start at small forward.

--The Times' T.J. Simers talks exclusively with Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who acknowledges there were personal issues among players on the team last season.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr on Andrew Bynum's acknowledgement that he has to prove he can stay healthy. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky analyzes what Troy Murphy can provide for the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why Bynum doesn't feel fazed by the trade talk. 

--Hoops World's Eric Pincus provides a comprehensive season preview on the Lakers. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes the Lakers bolstered their frontcourt by signing Josh McRoberts and Murphy. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz wonders if Kobe Bryant's divorce will affect his play. 

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark wonders which Lakers besides Bryant can create their own shot. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard analyzes a few Lakers-related topics. 

Tweet of the Day: "L.A. will like that Murphy can defend 4's and 5's, as well as spread the floor for Bynum/Gasol w/a career 3-point % of .389." -- LakersReporter ('s Mike Trudell)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Great to have Kobe as a mentor as we can see from Trevor Ariza!! As for Kobe and the Divorce, it will only make him stronger! The man has ice in his veins and with Kobe, challenge him with his age and the Lakers being 2nd to the Clips. watch out NBA!! We're in for a great ride. And maybe with some defense we'll be able to stop somebody!!!! " -- Bev Quiring

--Mark Medina

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Photo: The Lakers are hoping Devin Ebanks, left, makes a big jump in his second season. "He's got a nice stroke from the perimeter," Coach Mike Brown says. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Time

Phil Jackson on Lamar Odom trade: 'I feel for all the fans'

ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin talks to Phil Jackson about the former Lakers coach's prediction that the NBA owning the New Orleans Hornets would complicate trades involving Chris Paul

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin talks to Phil Jackson about the former Lakers coach's prediction that the NBA owning the New Orleans Hornets would complicate trades involving Chris Paul. Jackson also offered this on the Lakers trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks: "I feel for all the fans."

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers remain in talks in possibly acquiring Hornets guard Chris Paul, although nothing appears imminent.

--Fox Sports Sam Amico explains why he thinks the NBA remains in chaos.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore criticizes NBA Commissioner David Stern for nixing the Paul trade.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding lauds Pau Gasol's "mental toughness" for handling the ongoing trade speculation with professionalism.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky sizes up what Josh McRoberts can offer the Lakers.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi questions whether the Lakers' front office can pull the right moves to bolster the team.

--A majority of writers says they believe that the Lakers' Mike Brown will be the coach under the most pressure this season.

--Sports Illustrated's Michael Rosenberg calls Stern's role in the Paul trade talks a "total farce."'s Marc Sterin and Chris Broussard report that the Lakers remain in the hunt for Paul.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how Gasol handles the uncertainty about his future.'s Mike Trudell presents portions of Mitch Kupchak's recent conversation with reporters.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark argues that Odom's ending with the Lakers represents a Shakesperian tragedy

Tweet of the Day: "So far the Lakers have traded Phil Jackson, Lamar Odom & Shannon Brown for Mike Brown, Josh McRoberts & Jason Kapono. Not exactly sure that was the "change" Lakers fans were thinking after getting swept out of the 2nd round last season." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: " Why don't Mitch and Jimmy trade their big houses for one bedroom apartments. Then they can feel like us fans who think the move was crazy." -- Josh Kress

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Coach Phil Jackson leaves the court after the Lakers' Game 4 loss in Dallas in the NBA playoffs. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Lamar Odom trade: Reasons are implausible (Web links)

Lamar Odom

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why Kobe Bryant remains upset with the Lakers trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. Bresnahan reports Bryant met with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak for 15 minutes after talking with reporters, but seemed better when he left.

--The Times' Ben Bolch looks at how Odom's absence will put further strain on Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.'s J.A. Adande argues the Clippers can steal the Lakers' spotlight if they acquire Chris Paul.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding provides a list of varying explanations on why the Lakers traded Odom. I don't buy any of them.'s John Hollinger wonders what the Lakers' next move will entail.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe remains confident Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak knows what he's doing.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky highlights Bryant's anger about the trade and openly wonders what the thinking is from the Lakers' front office.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky tells Andrew Bynum the terms of Odom's trade, prompting the Lakers center to say that the deal is "crazy."

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell focuses on Bryant's anger.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne notices the Lakers' transition period hardly will be comfortable.

--The Daily News' Elliot Teaford highlights the general unhappiness from Odom's former teammates about the trade. Teaford also reflects on covering Odom.'s Mike Trudell has a series of one-on-one interviews with several players. provides an extensive photo gallery of media day.

--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark remains cautiously optimistic about how the Lakers' front office is constructing the team.

--Forum Blue and Gold's J.M. Poulard explains how the Lakers have always managed running a great organization.

Tweet of the Day:"I am curious as to how I am the cause for any trade? LOL Some people just say anything behind their computer screens." -- KhloeKardashian (reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, Odom's wife)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:"It is just mind boggling to believe that Mitch would trade Odom to the defending Champs with out a serious plan behind this all!! It is hard for me to believe or swallow the fact that this move was just a salary dump!! We are living Kobes last few years in the NBA and I highly doubt Mitch would destroy the chance at getting Kobe a few more rings" -- Omar Estrada

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lamar Odom was disturbed that he was part of the voided Chris Paul trade and did not practice the first two days of Lakers training camp. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.

Will Chris Paul go to the Lakers? (Web links)

Chris Paul

--The Times' Bill Plaschke criticizes David Stern's decision to nix a trade that would've sent Chris Paul to the Lakers. Plaschke argues, however, that the Lakers shouldn't have offered Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to get Paul.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports the Lakers were one of three teams that were told they're allowed to negotiate a deal for Magic center Dwight Howard.

--The Times' Ben Bolch notes how Andrew Bynum showed up to training camp in good shape. To no one's surprise, Metta World Peace has not.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore credits Lakers Coach Mike Brown for maintaining a calming presence. 

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notices Brown remaining upbeat amid the chaos. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding details how the Lakers deal with the fallout surrounding the nixed trade. 

--The New York Times' Mark Heisler notices Brown handling the drama in a straight forward fashion. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues the Lakers will suffer irreparable damage from the nixed Paul trade. 

--Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix argues Stern needs to reverse course on the trade. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin notes Kobe Bryant keeping an even-keel attitude about the drama surrounding the Lakers. 

--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller argues Lamar Odom needs to stop feeling sorry for himself. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne provides a detailed run-down of the first day of Lakers' training camp. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes the Lakers are still pursuing Paul. 

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz details the zoo surrounding Lakers' training camp. 

--Forum Blue and Gold's R.R. Magellan breaks down what Jason Kapono's presence with the Lakers mean. 

Tweet of the Day:"Kobe Bryant to longtime Lakers beat writer, now Clips beat writer @BA_Turner: "Tell @BlakeGriffin not to f--- himself up in the preseason."" -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "I can understand where he's coming from considering he was traded and now the deal is killed. Perhaps he does not know how to take it. Then again it's hard to justify his action of not showing up. Sometimes things happen unexpectedly and one has to step back for a moment to find clarity. Without a doubt, i am sure his family is and will always standby him throughout these difficult moments." -- Basirou Toure  

--Mark Medina

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Photo: New Orleans point guard Chris Paul speaks with the media following a workout session on Thursday. The Clippers are supposedly one of several teams interested in acquiring Paul. Credit: Gerald Herbert / Associated Press / December 1, 2011

Chris Paul ruling: David Stern says Paul more valuable to Hornets

Chris Paul

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner report several nuggets regarding the NBA's decision to block a trade that would've sent Chris Paul to the Lakers. Pau Gasol, who would have been traded to Houston, felt "devastated" about the initial trade. Odom, who would've gone to New Orleans, said he's unsure if he will report Friday to Lakers' training camp. Shannon Brown also plans to sign with the Phoenix Suns. 

--NBA Commissioner David Stern told Bloomberg why he nixed the Paul deal. "The decision was taken that Chris Paul in New Orleans was more valuable than the trade that was being discussed."'s J.A. Adande wonders about the implications behind the NBA's decision to block the Paul trade. 

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger argues the NBA acted like a second-rate bush league by blocking the Paul trade. 

--The Times' John DeShazier argues the nixed Paul trade hurt the Hornets. 

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding reports the NBA told the Lakers nothing about the proposed Paul deal.

--The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen argues Stern damaged the NBA's credibility. Feigen also explains how this hurts the Rockets' rebuilding effort's Scott Howard-Cooper looks at all the story lines surrounding training camp. 

--Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman criticizes the NBA for not observing its own rules. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky wonders about the ramifications behind the NBA blocking the Paul trade. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky lists a few unanswered questions about the blocked trade. 

--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel believes the Hornets got shafted. 

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe believes the NBA could've prevented this mess by instituting a hard cap, franchise player tag, draft pick compensation or unlimited maximum salaries. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin mentions how former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once feared the NBA could reject a Paul trade.  

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