Bynum has made Kobe a championship believer

How big of a loss is Andrew Bynum's injury? When he was in the lineup, he had Kobe thinking championship, writes J.A. Adande.

Originally Published: January 15, 2008
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant's 48 points in the Lakers' 123-121 overtime victory against the SuperSonics weren't the most remarkable part of his evening. We've seen him go for 40-plus before -- 86 times prior to Monday night, to be precise.

The newsworthy part came afterward, in an on-court interview with KCAL TV, in which he talked about injured center Andrew Bynum. Bryant called Bynum a "terrific, terrific player," then dropped this quote: "We're a championship-caliber team when he's in the lineup."

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