Fox Sports: The Los Angeles Lakers head into the 2008-09 season with far greater expectations than they did a year ago at this time.

Flashback to October of 2008 and all of the talk back then was about whether or not Kobe Bryant was going to get traded.

The midseason trade for Pau Gasol had a lot to do with their deep playoff run and the raised expectations for this season. But even before Mitch Kupchak fleeced Memphis, the Lakers had shown the potential to finish in the top half of the conference thanks to the development of young center Andrew Bynum.

Bynum’s statistics last season weren’t eye-popping — 13.1 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 2.1 bpg — but if you take into account that he wasn’t a starter for the first 10 games, then you can get an idea of Bynum’s value once he became a starter.

Despite having started only 25 games, Bynum still managed to finish with 18 double-doubles, only three fewer than Shaq had in 61 games.

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  • Patrick Bateman

    a full season with Bynum and Gasol with Odom coming off the bench should bring us more than just 57 wins. I predict 64 wins. Kobe has yet another MVP season, Bynum comes back to the form he left off in and Odom finally delivers consistently as 6th man. Watch out for the development in Ariza and Farmar. We should be fine, We should take the west this year.

    Only challenge in my eyes are the Hornets. CP3 is the real deal.

  • Freshh

    If somehow we can make it through the season without any major injuries
    to our main core.

    That 15th banner could be up

  • showtime2k9

    We’re just getting started

  • lakerferlife7

    rockets will be tuff….dnt see the hornets bein a problem

  • lakrfan4life

    the title just screams…DUH!!! no offense

  • kb24 4life

    i personally dont like the idea of lamar as the 6th man.. i want to see that 3 headed monster in LO/PG/AB.. but i have to admit that LO as the 4th option behind kobe,pau and drew will not get it done.. instead he will be the first option coming off the bench.. so idk.. it will be fun to see what the coaching staff does..


    lets get quintin ross and shaun livingston

  • yellowpurplefever

    I like our chances when Bynum is healthy. Lets MOVE LO to the bench (6th man) and see if he can sparks something or motivate somehow to be more Consistent. We can interchange Ariza and V-lady at SF depends on opposing teams. Yes, I have been tough on LO for 4 years cuz of inconsistencies. I just hope he comes to camp well prepare as he promised at the end of last season. GO LAKESHOW !!

  • kobegreatest

    anticipating for the season to start cant wait..KOBE MVP AGAIN CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS MVP>>KOBE THE GREATEST


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    Couldn’t agree with you anymore. And plus we have the greatest coach of all time, COACH PHIL JACKSON, so whatever players he has he can get the job done.

  • Billy Kupchak

    “Flashback to October of 2008 and all of the talk back then was about whether or not Kobe Bryant was going to get traded.”

    how can we flashback to october of 2008? did the ’08-’09 season start already? :D

  • king kas

    billy kupchak is halarious

  • king kas

    but he is right i was reading that same line tho how come we flash back to october 2008 while we are in september 2008


    His return WILL bring a Championship back to the REAL TITLE TOWN,LA!!!

  • yellowpurplefever

    DCLAKER,wish you were here in Title Town 2009 NBA champs