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Andrew Bynum to have knee procedure

Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss Saturday's practice during All-Star weekend because of a previously scheduled appointment with his longtime knee specialist, David AltchekThe Times' Mike Bresnahan notes that Lakers center Andrew Bynum will miss Saturday's practice during All-Star weekend because of a previously scheduled appointment with his longtime knee specialist, David Altchek. Bresnahan says Bynum will receive a Synvisc injection in his right knee, part of what the Lakers called a routine procedure to lubricate joints in the knee.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin also says Bynum is just undergoing the procedure for maintenance purposes.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell also details Bynum's procedure.

Game stories

--The Times' Bresnahan focuses on the off night Kobe Bryant and Bynum experienced in the Lakers' 100-85 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains why the Lakers couldn't match the Thunder's speed.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry believes a changing of guard has taken place between the Lakers and Oklahoma City.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford says Oklahoma City controlled the tempo against the Lakers.

Notebooks

--The Daily News' Teaford explains what Lakers Coach Mike Brown admires about Oklahoma City General Manager Sam Presti.

Sidebars

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr profiles Bynum.

--The Oklahoman's John Rohde highlights Kobe Bryant's contention that the media needs to stop scrutinizing Russell Westbrook.

Columns

--The Times' Helene Elliott argues that the Lakers' inconsistency will persist if they don't make a roster move before the March 15 deadline.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel explains how the Thunder's victory over the Lakers validated their efforts in acquiring Kendrick Perkins.

Blogs

--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin believes a changing of the guard is taking place between the Lakers and Thunder.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky as well as Ramona Shelburne debate the Lakers' future.

--ESPN Los Angele's McMenamin breaks down the Lakers' loss to Oklahoma City.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore argues OKC undressed the Lakers' weaknesses.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett breaks down the good, bad and the ugly in the Lakers' loss to the Thunder.

Tweet of the Day: "I asked Dwight if true there was 0 percent chance he'd stay in Orlando: "If it's not about All-Star weekend I don't want to talk about it."" -- sam_amick (Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "These losses to better teams will continue unabated. we will not ever beat the Heat, the Bulls, or the Thunder, until we add a PG and another scoring threat. Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo, and Ramon Sessions are out there for the taking, and none of them will cost us any of our big 3 of Bryant (of course), Bynum, or Gasol. I don't know what Kupchak is waiting for....this team has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it will not get past the 1st round of the playoffs if they get there at all." -- Jeff Sadie

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Kobe Bryant deserves better communication from Jim Buss

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Andrew Bynum finishes off a dunk against the Thunder on Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Credit: Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Kobe Bryant deserves better communication from Jim Buss

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In the middle of the night, Kobe Bryant often sees something on film and texts Mike Brown a thought or a question.

The Lakers coach texts right back.

Moments after stewing about the Lakers trading Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks, Bryant visited Mitch Kupchak's office. The general manager maintains the meeting remained jovial and involved more than just why the Lakers traded their most valuable reserve.

Soon after the Lakers' 103-92 victory Monday over the Portland Trail Blazers, Bryant spoke at an informal meeting. Just like they do during practice and games, his teammates' ears perked up.

Unfortunately for Bryant, executive Jim Buss hasn't extended the same courtesy. He didn't heed any of Bryant's suggestions during this offseason's coaching search for Phil Jackson's replacement. Buss didn't even alert him ahead of time the Lakers would hire Brown. The same can be said about Odom's departure, the franchise's direction and pretty much any imaginable topic. The silence has remained so rampant, Bryant revealed in an interview with the New York Post's Peter Vescey in December that he couldn't recall the last time he spoke with Buss.

It shouldn't be that way. That's why Magic Johnson suggested in a conference call that Buss should personally meet with Bryant, who "just wants to be informed as a leader and future Hall of Famer and a guy who has brought five championships to the Lakers."

"He wants more communication, probably like he did when [former coach] Phil Jackson was there and he worked well with Mitch," Johnson said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. "I don't think Kobe feels he has that type of relationship or the communication has been there with Jim. What probably has to happen is they need to sit Kobe down and sit Jim down. Dr. [Jerry] Buss was the master at taking you to lunch or taking you to dinner and going over what he was thinking and what he wanted to do with the team. Jerry West was good at that as well. Kobe, Mitch and Jim just have to get on the same page and things will be OK."

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Pau Gasol fights frustrations during Lakers' win over Phoenix

Once he slipped a well-placed pass from Kobe Bryant out of his hands, Pau Gasol picked it up and smacked it against his palms.

A few moments after Steve Blake threw an unreachable lob over his head, Gasol slumped over on the bench on the next timeout.

When former teammate and Phoenix guard Shannon Brown snuck behind for a put-back dunk that cut the Lakers’ lead to five points with 4:28 remaining, Gasol stared off into the distance.

Plenty of images defined Gasol’s frustration on a night the Lakers exuded positive energy everywhere else in their 111-99 victory Friday over the Phoenix Suns. Bryant’s 36 points on 14-of-25 shooting came after a seven-game slump where he shot only 37% from the field. Andrew Bynum’s 17 points on a seven-of-13 clip showcased his continual growth in passing and re-posting out of double teams. The reserve unit’s combined 34 points suggested it finally escape remaining one of the NBA’s least effective benches.   

As far as Gasol, though, his 10 points on only four-of-13 shooting conveyed something to Bryant beyond the Lakers’ forward having a bad game. Bryant attributed Gasol’s effort to “an emotional couple of days for him” as reports circulated this week the Lakers may trade him before the March 15 deadline. An online report mentioned the Minnesota Timberwolves offered Derrick Williams and draft picks for Gasol. 

“Personally I don't understand that crap,” Bryant said. “But it is what it is. It's important for him to know we support him. I support him especially. I just want him to go out there and play hard and do what he does best for us.”

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Mike Brown maintains optimism about current roster

The Lakers have a little less than a month before the trade deadline to figure out what their final roster will look like.

But Thursday marked another day in which it appeared uncertain the Lakers could make any moves. Free-agent guard J.R. Smith talked with Coach Mike Brown on Tuesday about possibly joining the Lakers, but the New York Times' Howard Beck reports Smith has narrowed his choices between the Clippers and New York Knicks. Fox Sports' Chris Tomasson reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves have offered Derrick Williams and draft picks to the Lakers for Pau Gasol. But he still was at the Lakers' facility Thursday, practicing and later talking with reporters.

That prompted Brown to provide the never-ending coach-speak on why he remains detached from the team possibly making any roster moves.

"If I think about that, then I'm wasting my energy with the guys on the floor. I think this happens every year," Brown said. "Even when I was in Cleveland and our team was set and all that other stuff, come trade deadline it's the talk of each team. But as a coach, I think you're mistreating your team if you're worried about who you get and every move. I'm putting all my energy into making this team better X's and O's wise. I like the team I have."

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J.R. Smith talks with Lakers; free agent could fill multiple roles

J.R. Smith talks with Lakers; free agent could fill multiple roles

Coach Mike Brown spoke with free agent J.R. Smith, a forward-guard who could solve two problems at once for the Lakers.

Smith could help them at small forward and also provide backup support for Kobe Bryant at shooting guard.

Smith, 26, has played in China since the NBA season began. He signed with a Chinese pro team during the NBA lockout and was obligated to honor the contract until this month.

There are some problems for the Lakers as far as Smith. They can offer him only a comparatively small salary of less than $1 million, a prorated portion of the veterans' minimum, because they are over the salary cap and spent their entire mini-midlevel exception on Josh McRoberts. Smith made $6.8 million last season with Denver.

There are several other teams pursuing Smith. He listed them on his Twitter page: New York, Chicago, Indiana, Orlando and the Clippers.

Just the same, Smith seemed somewhat eager about the Lakers, writing on Twitter that he "Just had a great talk with Coach Brown!"

Smith averaged 12.3 points and 23.9 minutes last season for Denver. He shot a solid 39% from three-point range.

Brown has tried three players at small forward this season: Metta World Peace, Matt Barnes and Devin Ebanks. The Lakers also don't have a true backup for Bryant, using point guards Steve Blake or Andrew Goudelock to spell him at times.

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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

Metta World Peace at odds with Mike Brown

Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell talks to an unnamed Laker who mentions that several players want the front office to part ways with Metta World Peace
--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell talks to an unnamed Laker who mentions that several players want the front office to part ways with Metta World Peace. McDonnell also delves into World Peace's frustration regarding his role under Coach Mike Brown.

--The Times' Ben Bolch reports that the Lakers don't have serious interest in free-agent guard Gilbert Arenas.

--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr wonders if Arenas would solve the Lakers' problems.

--The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek and Sean Gordon profile UCLA-bound Nirra Fields. Lakers Coach Mike Brown and his wife, Carolyn, are Fields' legal guardians. 

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford reports that Arenas' workout for the Lakers over the weekend went well.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell hangs out with rookie guards Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris while they play NBA Jam.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound looks at the Lakers' identity.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano compares the Lakers' progress this season to playing whack-a-mole.

Tweet of the Day: "As Jeremy lin's manager , I think he should buy a sailboat. Everyday day I will tweet advice to my client Jeremy Lin" -- MettaWorldPeace (Lakers forward Metta World Peace)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "At first I was opposed bringing Arenas on board. But after this Grammy trip, I am convinced that they need to make some kind of move. PG is their weakest link and it definitely needs to be addressed. For some reason, I feel that the Lakers will not be making any kind of move. I have no faith in the front office when Jim Buss will not relinquish his control over management. Let Mitch do his job. And Brown needs to stop changing the roster so much that. This takes away the benches confidence when they don't know if they will ever get on the floor. It's time to stop experimenting and make up your mind." -- Matt Phu

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Metta World Peace shows his frustration after being called for a foul during the Lakers' game against the Charlotte Bobcats on Jan. 31. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

NBA suspends Lakers Coach Mike Brown for one game

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 Two days after Mike Brown bumped a referee, the NBA pushed back.
 
The league suspended the Lakers coach for one game without pay and fined him $25,000 on Monday for making contact with referee Zach Zarba in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 96-87 loss to Utah on Saturday.

Brown will serve the suspension on Monday when the Lakers play Philadelphia on a road visit to Wells Fargo Center, leaving assistant John Kuester to coach the team.
 
Brown made contact with Zarba after becoming upset with a no-call on Utah guard Earl Watson, who had knocked over the Lakers' Pau Gasol while making a steal that led to a dunk by Derrick Favors. Brown was assessed two technicals and ejected.

Favors' dunk was part of a 14-0 run that allowed the Jazz to pull away and handed the Lakers their eighth defeat in 11 road games.

Brown apologized to his players afterward but said he did not think his ejection cost his team the game.

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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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

Coach Mike Brown could face suspension in wake of ejection

Lakers2_350The Lakers will play Philadelphia on Monday.

Will Mike Brown coach them?

The Lakers coach could face a suspension after appearing to bump referee Zach Zarba early in the fourth quarter of a 96-87 loss to Utah on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.

Brown was upset after watching Utah guard Earl Watson mug Pau Gasol for a steal that led to a dunk by Derrick Favors with 8 minutes 35 seconds left in the game. The Lakers coach bounded onto the court and received two technical fouls, resulting in his first ejection of the season.

"I thought [Watson] ran through him to get the ball," Brown said later after watching a replay in the locker room.

The Jazz went on to score the next nine points to complete a 14-0 run. Gasol, who finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds, agreed with his coach's assessment that he was fouled on the play.

"There was definitely contact," Gasol said. "There was definitely a possibility for the ref to make the call. He didn't make it."

Brown said he apologized to his team but did not think his actions resulted in the defeat.

"I shouldn't have done what I did because it put our team in a deeper hole than it was in," Brown said. "It's not good to do that. It's not setting a good example or setting the right tone for our team."

Kobe Bryant, who scored 11 of his 26 points during a late comeback in which the Lakers trimmed their deficit to six points, pinned the defeat on a discrepancy in rebounding, not a loss of composure. Utah had 18 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Lakers overall, 50-42.

But the big story was Brown, who might be watching his team play Philadelphia on Monday from a fancy hotel room.

"I don't know," Brown said when asked if he bumped Zarba. "I'm just upset about the loss."

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--Ben Bolch in Salt Lake City

Photo: Lakers Coach Mike Brown is restrained by security after getting ejected for bumping referee Zach Zarba in the fourth quarter Saturday night in Utah. Credit: George Frey / EPA

Lakers enjoy plenty of rest against Bobcats

Some highlights of my breakdown of the Lakers' 106-73 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday:

  • The main thing in this win has to do with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum resting. That's because it's misleading to try to gauge anything else after a win against the worst team in the NBA. Considering how little Coach Mike Brown has rested Bryant, Gasol and Bynum, however, it's crucial that the Lakers found an opportunity to do so against Charlotte.
  • Andrew Goudelock's confidence continues to grow. Who knows whether he'll able to sustain the double-digit efforts that he's shown in the last four games? But with Steve Blake's continued absence and uncertainty about whether the Lakers can upgrade at point guard, team officials are relieved that someone can at least hold the fort temporarily.
  • It remains unclear if Brown will continue shuffling Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes at small forward. But it's very clear that Barnes brings more consistency.
  • Games like the one Tuesday night can be deceiving. The victory could serve as a nice psychological boost for the Lakers as they begin a six-game road trip Friday in Denver. Or it could give them a false sense of confidence.

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--Mark Medina

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