Hornets center Jason Smith dunks against Blake Griffin and the Clippers,… (Gerald Herbert / Associated…)
-- ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that the Hornets, Lakers and Rockets were still searching for a consensus on the last piece of the trade framework in the Chris Paul Deal to satisfy league salary-cap regulations. Part of the holdup apparently involves Jason Smith not accepting sign-and-trade terms that were presented when he was asked to be part of the deal.
-- The Times' John Corrigan details Magic Johnson's recent panel discussion about how urban entrepreneurs can expand their businesses, land government contracts and tap into overseas markets.
-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how Ramon Sessions changes the Lakers' offense.
-- The Times' Patt Morrison has an extensive Q&A with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about his latest book on African American inventors.
-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr notes how the Lakers are climbing up the Western Conference standings.
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky compares Lakers Executive Vice President Jim Buss to "The Blair Witch Project."
-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how the Lakers' offense has become more balanced.
-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes how the Lakers have a chance to get a higher seed.
-- Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap lists Sessions as the Lakers player of the week.
Tweet of the Day: "Awww... After 18-month engagement, Sasha Vujacic and Maria Sharapova are set to wed Nov. 10 in Istanbul." -- janiscarr (Orange County Register's Janis Carr)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "School's in Sessions! Sessionsanity! Sessions-mania!" -- matches
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