Memphis center Marc Gasol, left, defends against Lakers center Andrew… (Mark Humphrey / Associated…)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who plans to exercise the $16.1-million option they have for the last year of Andrew Bynum's contract.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky details Bynum's progression/struggle with playing through double teams.
--Sheridan Hoops' Chris Sheridan ranks the Lakers at No. 6 in his latest power rankings.
--The Palm Beach Post's Ethan J. Skolnick argues Derek Fisher wouldn't be a good fit with the Miami Heat.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down the gray areas of clutch performances.
--Silver Screen and Roll's C.A. Clark breaks down the difference between Kobe Bryant's bad performances and detrimental performances.
Tweet of the Day: "Rockets' buyout of Fisher paid him for rest of this season, but he opted out of all $3.4 million next yr, person with knowledge of deal said" -- Jonathan_Feigen (Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Whatever you think of Fisher's skills at 37, he did not deserve to be blindsided by the Lakers. He'd earned the right to be told what's up. That was a classless move by our FO. Jerry West and Dr. Buss would NEVER have done it like that! Shaq got more courtesy then that and he made a mockery in the media calling Buss out, screaming pay me every time he had a decent game. I lost a whole lotta respect for the future of our organization behind the way Fisher was done." -- Daryl Peek