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Lakers facing uncertainty this offseason (Web links)

May 24, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Lakers teammates Pau Gasol, left, and Andrew Bynum walk off the court following the Lakers' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on Saturday. Gasol hasn't received any assurances from the team that he'll be back next season.
Lakers teammates Pau Gasol, left, and Andrew Bynum walk off the court following… (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images…)

According to the pundits, it appears the Lakers need to make some changes in personnel. Here's a look at what has been written about the near future.

--The Times' Mike Bresnahan highlights Mitch Kupchak's comments that he will look to make changes on the roster.'s J.A. Adande believes the Lakers need to make fundamental changes.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick argues the Lakers need to trade Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard.

--CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports the Magic want to interview Mitch Kupchak for its open GM job.

--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore argues the Lakers shouldn't keep Bynum.

--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding and Janis Carr focus on Pau Gasol's uncertainty on whether he will stay with the Lakers.'s Scott Howard-Cooper highlights Kupchak's admission that he's open to making trades.

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky provide lots of coverage from the Lakers' exit interviews.

--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe argues the Lakers can only become championship contenders if they have some luck and take major risks.

--Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell mentions how the Lakers are taking a wait-and-see approach regarding the offseason.

---ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details Andrew Bynum's planned procedure this offseason in Germany.

--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus explains how the Lakers are facing serious luxury tax issues.

--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears highlights Gasol's admission that he may have played his last game as a Laker.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford focuses on Gasol remaining in limbo about his future.'s Mike Trudell highlights the various exit interviews.

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound ponders which Lakers earned their paychecks.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Philip Barnett remains intrigued with Metta World Peace's increased maturity and confidence.

Tweet of the Day: "Can we dispense w/tales of Laker luxury tax woes w/new Time Warner deal about to bump local TV revenue $100 mill to $150 mill--annually?" --- MarkHeisler (NBA columnist Mark Heisler)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "At the professional level where everyone is talented, success is 80% mental. Bynum does not have the mental ability to be a consistently great player and he has no motivation to get better if the Lakers keep him and continue to coddle him. Time to let him be some other team's frustration.

"He had some good games, but with his size and natural ability, it's impossible for him not to do well at times. But he won't be great until he grows up and there is absolutely no evidence that he is capable of growth. We could wait for him to mature and maybe he will by the time he's 40 and his skills are gone. Please let him go and build the team around Kobe and other players who have the mental toughness and focus to bring the Lakers back. Bynum only brings them down." -- rhetor1


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