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Lakers absorbing Kobe Bryant's absence well (Web links)

April 16, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Lakers power forward Pau Gasol shares a laugh with injured guard Kobe Bryant during a timeout against the Nuggets on Friday night at Staples Center.
Lakers power forward Pau Gasol shares a laugh with injured guard Kobe Bryant… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Game stories

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights the Lakers' dominance over Dallas.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding's explains how the Lakers are adjusting to Kobe Bryant's absence.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford mentions how there is no timetable for Bryant's return.


--The Times' Bresnahan says the Lakers' front office made a wise choice in not using the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace.

--The Daily News' Teaford credits Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes' elevated play.


--I highlight Andrew Bynum fighting through an upper respiratory infection

--The Times' Ben Bolch talks to the Mavericks, who aren't worried about losing all four of their regular-season games to the Lakers.

Columns's J.A. Adande argues that Bynum is better than Dwight Howard.

--ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan believes the Mavericks would have no chance against the Lakers in the playoffs.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reports Barnes' comments that he's more focused on winning a title than worrying about what will happen once he becomes an unrestricted free agent this off-season.

--The Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko also predicts Dallas would have trouble against the Lakers in the playoffs.

--Fox Sports' Billy Witz argues Bryant needs to realize the Lakers play more as a team without him.


--ESPN Dallas' Caplan mentions how Dallas didn't wallow in self-pity over the Lakers' loss.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers' win over Dallas.'s Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Mavericks game.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Ben R explains how the Lakers have played well without Bryant.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano loved the Lakers-Mavs game.

Tweet of the Day: "How do you know this is the biggest Kings playoff hockey game in over a decade? Kobe's here with his daughters." — Mike Bresnahan (L.A. Times' Lakers beat writer)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "My sources tell me that there are behind closed doors talks underway in which Kobe will be a player coach for the playoffs.  Jerry Buss has offered Kobe an unspecified amount to be "player coach" as soon as the playoffs begin." -- California 11

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