Andrew Bynum noncommittal about long-term extension [Web links]
--The Times’ Mike Bresnahan notes a changing of the guard took place with the Thunder eliminating the Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals. Bresnahan also mentions Andrew Bynum said he has “no idea” if he will sign a long-term extension.
--The Orange County Register’s Kevin Ding believes the Lakers’ current roster could be done for good.
--The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry details Russell Westbrook’s emotions as the Thunder took the series.
--The Daily News’ Elliott Teaford believed the Game 5 outcome was fairly predictable.
--The Times’ Bresnahan reports the Lakers will exercise Bynum’s $16.1-million team option before the June 30 deadline.
--The Oklahoman’s Ryan Aber and John Rohde highlights Metta World Peace’s interactions with James Harden.
--The Daily News’ Teaford explains why Steve Blake has closed games more than Ramon Sessions has.
--The Times’ Ben Bolch highlights Sessions’ disappearing act against the Thunder.
--ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin explains why Bynum remains noncommittal about signing a long-term extension
--The Times’ Bill Plaschke outlines the difficulty the Lakers will have making major changes with the salary cap restrictions.
--ESPN.com’s J.A. Adande believes the Thunder simply had too much depth.
--The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson credits the Thunder’s frontline.
--The Orange County Register’s Ding believes it’s going to be difficult for the Lakers to rebuild.
--Fox Sports’ Jen Floyd Engel mentions Kobe Bryant’s refusal to step aside.
--ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin argues the Lakers need to rebuild from scratch.
--Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears highlights Bryant’s skepticism that anyone would bet their house he won’t win a sixth NBA title.
--The Oklahoman’s Barry Tramel explains how the Thunder has taken the Oklahoma City and state by storm.
--The Orange County Register’s Mark Whicker highlights the Lakers’ inconsistency in the playoffs.
--Ball Don’t Lie’s Eric Freeman highlights Russell Westbrook’s difficult And-1 shot in the Thunders’ Game 5 win over the Lakers.
--Pro Basketball Talk’s Kurt Helin argues the Lakers need to trade one of their big men.
--ESPN Los Angeles’ Andy Kamenetzky breaks down the Lakers’ loss to Oklahoma City.
--Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe believes it will be difficult for the Lakers to build a championship contending team.
--NBA.com’s Sekou Smith argues the Lakers have no one to blame but themselves for playoff collapse.
--Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell provides a running diary of the Lakers-Thunder game.
--Silver Screen and Roll’s DexterFishmore wonders where the Lakers go from here.
--Forum Blue and Gold’s R.R. Magellan breaks down the good, the bad and the ugly in the Lakers’ loss to the Thunder.
--The Daily Thunder’s Royce Young remains impressed with OKC’s postseason play.
Tweet of the Day: “Already seeing insane “rumors” of players LAL is “possibly” interested in. Team has $80M+ of salary on books for next season. Reality!” -- ZachLowe_SI (Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: “This team wasn’t supposed to be together to begin with. They did the best they could with what they had, baggage and all. They can’t win it every year. The nucleus of this team won 2 titles and 3 Finals. LA tried to radically overhaul their team. They weren’t allowed to do so. In a strike-shortened season with a new coach (and a petulant heir apparent), getting beaten by a younger, hungrier team with a clear, cohesive identity was predictable. Kudos to OKC for showing the mettle of a contender and finishing strong. Time to reassess and reload . . . or rebuild. This team’s shelf life has expired. So don’t despair, and don’t feed haters. Or for that matter, neurotic trolls who don’t even realize their teams will be joining LA in the also-ran queue."-- lakepeace
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