In trying to develop "franchise" centers like
"We had a stretch where we won championships with Pau anchoring the offense for us," said Bryant. "[With Bynum and Howard], everybody forgot how we won in the first place."
The Lakers guard spent an hour on Thursday night at
"Pau's in a tough spot because everybody wants to see more from him, but he's not getting the same opportunities as before. You can't have it both ways," said Bryant.
Bynum averaged a career-high 18.7 points a game in his final year with the Lakers. The next off-season, the team dealt him to the
In his single season with the Lakers, Howard averaged 17.1 points a game.
Now that Howard has signed with the
Of course, both are older now and recovering from injuries.
Bryant hopes to be back by opening night (Oct. 29) but isn't quite sure what will happen after tearing his left Achilles' tendon in April. Gasol had procedures done on his knees to help fight tendonosis.
Last season Gasol averaged a career-low 13.7 points a game. The Lakers won titles in 2009 and 2010 with the veteran forward/center as the team's primary big man.