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Caught in the Web: Lakers training camp starts in three days

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding explains how Lakers forward Pau Gasol has made a positive impact on the international scene. Ding also highlights Ron Artest's suggestion that San Diego should trade the Chargers to L.A. for the Clippers.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk with Artest. Among the main highlights: Artest has given himself the nickname "Jockstrap Ron." Listen to find out why.

-- The Washington Post's Michael Lee reports that former Laker Adam Morrison has accepted the Wizards' training-camp invitation on a make-good contract.

-- Sign on San Diego's Mark Zeigler explains why Artest is upset that Pluto is no longer a planet.

-- Lakers.com lists the top moment of 2009-10. Feel free to guess what it is.

-- Hooped Up showcases Rick Fox's performance on "Dancing With the Stars" in the video below.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark is excited about the season starting.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at the NBA's past super teams.

-- Lakers of Fire's Garrett Wilson profiles Derrick Caracter.

Tweet of the Day: "On my way to workout with @RobKardashian. Training camp starts on Saturday. No breaks! Life is good." -- RealLamarOdom (Lakers forward Lamar Odom)

Reader Comment of the Day: "On the one hand as some have pointed out, Bynum being out in the preseason will give some of the young guns more playing time and a chance to prove they belong on the team. On the other hand, we know that basketball shape is acquired playing basketball. Also, the new additions need to play with 'the starters' to develop a sense of chemistry and basketball rapport that only comes with playing with each other. Phil mentioned it, teamwork! You can not develop teamwork with the rest of your teammates if you are not on the court. Phil looks for certain lineups that give him a particular advantage during a game. It will be hard to figure out how Drew will fit with Blake, Barnes, and even Caracter playing together unless.... yup, they play together. Let's also not forget that they will be learning the triangle offense in the process, and Bynum needs to be a part of that puzzle. It will happen, but you want that to happen sooner rather than later." -- Laker J

-- Mark Medina

twitter.com/latmedina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and the team begin training camp in four days. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Caught in the Web: Check out Kobe Bryant's new Nike shoe

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-- Nikeblog.com gives you a sneak peek at Kobe Bryant's new shoes.

-- True Hoop's Henry Abbott credits Lamar Odom's work ethic in the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

-- NBA.com's Fran Blinebury lists Shaquille O'Neal, Rick Fox and Wilt Chamberlain as part of the NBA's Benedict Arnolds.

-- AOL Fanhouse's Sam Amick talks to Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks, who reveals, among other things, that he's friends with Odom.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding shares a column he wrote last season about Odom handling his new celebrity.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin argues Matt Barnes is trying to portray himself as a family man by posting pictures of his kids on Twitter the day before his court date for getting arrested last week on suspicion of domestic violence.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky features a round table of writers, including yours truly, and their take on which Western Conference team has the best chance to beat the Lakers in a seven-game series.

-- ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan believes Bryant will play in the 2012 Olympics, but doesn't believe Odom will make the cut.

-- Lots of NBA rookies tell Sports Illustrated how they'd love to match up with Bryant, even if it means getting embarrassed.

-- Lakers.com lists Bryant's fourth-quarter performance in Game 6 of the 2010 Western Conference Finals as the fourth best moment of last season.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano loved Odom's jack-of-all trades role with Team USA.

Tweet of the Day: "Jus met Kobe @shannonbrown and @steveblake. Shannon is mad funny behind the scenes lol Blake was laid back cool dude. And Kobe was Kobe! Lol ... This dude DC acts so much older than his age. He is only 22 and acts like he is 43 wit two kids, a wife , and a bad back lol -- DevinEbanks3 (Lakers forward Devin Ebanks)

Reader Comment of the Day: "PJ should leave everything like last year...No need to jinx the 3Peat...Same facial features...only thing acceptable should be a new hat with XII on it..." -- LEWSTRS

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant just came out with a new pair of kicks from Nike. Credit: Mike Blake/Reuters

Caught in the Web: Matt Barnes asks for love from Laker fans

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-- The Times' DeAntae Prince details Magic Johnson's prediction that the Lakers will three-peat.

-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr argues that Theo Ratliff will provide the Lakers with a defensive presence.

-- The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Christian Boone looks at how former Laker forward Josh Powell will fit into the Hawks' lineup.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains how Matt Barnes has patched things up with the Lakers.

-- Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins explains in the video below how much Barnes will help the Lakers.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby looks at Kobe Bryant and Barnes and the ready-made "boyfriend-and-girlfriend" heckle.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin believes Derrick Caracter has a good chance to crack a spot on the Lakers' roster.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus analyzes the Lakers' roster.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell talks with NBA.com's John Schuhmann about USA Basketball, including Lamar Odom.

-- The China Daily's Chen Xiangfeng says Bryant is struggling with accepting that he should do nothing this off-season so he can recover from injuries and fatigue.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark has a report card on Jordan Farmar.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Jeff misses Rick Fox.

Tweet of the Day: "Quick question?? All those LAKER fans that hated me you rolln or yall still cool on me.... Hahahaa We family now rite???????????????????????" -- matt_Barnes22 (Lakers forward Matt Barnes)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I disagree with what Magic Johnson said that the heat will win titles in 2 to 3 years.my personal take of this matter is as long as kobe is healthy and still playing probably 4-5 years more i think with the current lakers line-up as long as their all healthy the lakers will win it all" -- Adrian Palomar

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at [email protected]

Photo: Former Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes agreed to a two-year deal with the Lakers, turning down a more lucrative offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Credit: Elsa / Getty Images

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