--The Times' Mike Bresnahan focuses on the Lakers' plan to get more serious about the preseason now that they're back in L.A. Bresnahan also reports that Lakers forward Luke Walton will have his strained right hamstring re-evaluated sometime this week.
--Award-winning NBA photographer Andy Bernstein goes behind the scenes during the Lakers' trip to Barcelona.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr rates the best forwards in Lakers history.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer explains why he's looking forward to the Vlade Divac-Drazen Petrovic documentary.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky provides an in-depth analysis on the NBA's general manager preseason survey.
--NBA.com's Sekou Smith has a survey asking readers whether they agree with Kobe Bryant's or Phil Jackson's take on FC Barcelona. Bryant believes the defending Euro League champs could compete in the NBA, while Jackson doesn't think they would stand a chance.
Tweet of the Day:"Yay!!!! Going back to LA to meet my baby! He's almost home from Barcelona!" -- KhloeKardashian (Khloe Kardashian, reality TV star and wife of Lakers forward Lamar Odom)
Reader Comment of the Day: "Kevin Durant was invited to a party thrown by LeBron James Thursday night in Kansas City, but chose not to go. 'I don't go out to parties the day before a game,' Durant said. 'I really don't go out too much during the season.' The teams will play tonight in K.C., and once again, Durant has said and done the right thing. I LOVE this kid! He sounds more and more like Kobe Bryant with every passing day. Of course I'll hate him the moment his Thunder and Kobe's Lakers oppose each other..." -- Jefe101
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Photo: Lamar Odom shoots against Minnesota during their Oct. 4 game in London. Credit: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images