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Lakers' off-season littered with questions (Web links)

June 25, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss
Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

--The Times' T.J. Simers argues that Kobe Bryant provides more problems than solutions for the Lakers' long-term future. Simers also talks to Jim Buss, who says he doesn't expect the Lakers to make any major moves.

--The Times' Bill Plaschke takes issue with some of Buss' comments to Simers.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who says the Lakers have to have a contingency plan in case Ramon Sessions isn't available as a free agent.

--The Times' Broderick Turner provides a mock draft.'s Fran Blinebury ranks the top free agents.

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom explains the lessons the Lakers could take from Miami's 2012 NBA title.

--Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico reports that the Lakers are looking to trade for a first-round pick in this year's draft.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, along with Arash Markazi, debate the following topic: "If you could only keep Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol, but not both, which seven-footer would still be on the Lakers next season?"

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe argues that the Lakers' point guard -- Sessons or anyone else -- needs to be given more freedom to run pick-and-roll.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin outlines what may be in store for the Lakers involving Sessions.

--ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says he believes that Gasol won't be traded.'s Marc Stein reports that Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams either wants to re-sign with the team or join the Dallas Mavericks.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford looks at what the future might hold for Sessions.'s Mike Trudell goes behind the scenes with video coordinator Tom Bialaszewski and coaching assistant Kyle Triggs.

--Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore and Ben Rosales debate how the Lakers should determine which former players have their jersey numbers retired.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano wonders if Metta World Peace's role will change next season.

Tweet of the Day: "Metta World Peace just walked to his ringside seat. He still says he wants to be a boxer when he retires from the NBA." -- ArashMarkazi (ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The diffence is that kobe was 18 when he joined the NBA while all the other HOFs you compared him to ...were already 21 or so when they started ... kobe will be in his 17th season while the others were barley around there 14th season...the truth is when it comes to longevity Nobody compares to kobe..hes been playing at a high level longer than anybody" -- Danny Duran

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