The LA Lakers have opened the NBA Playoffs winning three of their first four games against the Denver Nuggets, but the relationship between Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum is quickly becoming a concern.
This team plays to win championships, and Kobe is the team leader, but Bynum has increasingly become an important part of the team's success. With the late season antics of the young center, Bryant has become more of a one-man force in the playoffs by taking more shots than usual, and with the veteran All-Star only hitting around 40% from the field, is his behaviour on the court going to hurt this team as the playoffs progress?
Kobe has carried this team on his shoulders for several years, but now he has enough talent in the front-court to ease some of that pressure, but his trust in the youngster is the real issue. Bynum made some critical mistakes late in the year, including throwing up a three-point shot in a close game, but for this team to succeed, these two must work together.
The LA Lakers could use a win in their next game against Denver; that would give this squad some rest and more time to work together in practise, something that was lacking during the hectic regular season. With the continued good play of the bench, if these two All-Stars can come together, it could mean another championship banner for this storied NBA franchise.