Odds, ends and passings

-The Los Angeles Times' Barry Stavro marks the passing of Fred Schaus, the Lakers' first coach of the Los Angeles era.

-Lakers Blog's Mark Medina breaks down some numbers with 54 games in the books.

-ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin has a rundown for every Laker's plans during the All-Star break. Some interesting tidbits, including D.J. Mbenga: Belgium TV correspondent. And I love the description of Ron Ron's evolving itinerary:

    Ron Artest said on Wednesday he had a trip planned to go to Dallas, but was considering canceling it to take care of some errands for his kids. When he was asked later in the conversation how he would feel about missing a basketball game with close to 100,000 people in the stands, he said he had no idea there were going to be that many fans there and said the trip was back on.

-Speaking of ASW, ProBasketballTalk.com's Kurt Helin reports Kobe Bryant's spot in the starting lineup for the West will be taken by local hero Dirk Nowitzki. We also have Lakers and Clippers ASW trivia, courtesy of ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi.

-And finally, I don't care how many Lakers fans hate Steve Nash for the 2006 and 2007 ayoff plseries or his ownership of two MVP awards before Kobe nabbed even won... this is just plain funny. I mean, really funny. (Tip of the cap to Ball Don't Lie.)