Lakers guard Ramon Sessions drives against the Jazz on Sunday at Staples… (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles…)
--The Times' Mike Bresnahan talks to Ramon Sessions' agent, who indicates uncertainty as to whether the new Lakers guard will take advantage of his ability to opt out of his $4.6-million contract for next season.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke argues that Oklahoma City is better equipped to beat the Lakers in the playoffs now that the Thunder have Derek Fisher.
--Ball Don't Lie's Dan Devine has an awesome photo caption contest featuring former Laker Luke Walton.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding says that Sessions played so well Wednesday against Dallas that Lakers Coach Mike Brown didn't hold practice on Thursday.
--Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin says he wonders if Sessions' presence makes the Lakers the second-best team in the West.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi highlights Kobe Bryant's comments on 710 ESPN's "Mason & Ireland" show that he thinks executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss has done a good job with the Lakers.
--ESPN.com's Beckley Mason explains how Fisher knows how to work the referees.
--CBS Sports' Matt Moore breaks down the best and worst of the Lakers' offense.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell highlights Sessions' first week with the Lakers.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound breaks down Andrew Bynum's solid play this season.
Tweet of the Day: "The 1 thing that seems to be drama-free in LA is Ramon Sessions. No questions with that dude. Just brings efficiency+forks it out to e'rbody" -- lazenby (Lakers author Roland Lazenby)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Look, guys, you don't put your best horses out to pasture. Sure, he's lost a couple of steps---but he can get more done in three steps than most guards can in nine. And when you look in the sports dictionary under "clutch shots," why, there's D-Fish's picture right there! No, your impatient, narcissistic, youth-must-be-served-at-all-costs attitude just doesn't cut it when it's crunch time." -- Swatkinslaw