NBA.com: Let's turn to some things going on around the league: Can the Lakers win it all without Andrew Bynum?
Kareem: I think the Lakers have a chance to win it all without Andrew but it's not something they want to think about. They would love to have him on the team, so they can go with their best team. But no one knows what's going to happen in terms of his injury.
NBA.com: How is Bynum progressing?
Kareem: Andrew seems to be in good spirits. He absolutely wants to get out there and play again. I think he has accepted what's happened to him and is patiently waiting for his opportunity to get back out there to do his thing.
NBA.com: What is the major difference in this season's Lakers team and last year's?
Kareem: I think this year's team is certainly more experienced with what they went through in the playoffs last year and it really should be the foundation for them to have a more profound understanding of what it takes to win everything. I expect them to do well in the playoffs.
NBA.com: Shaq is quoted as saying he and Kobe are the best big-man, little-man combo in NBA history. What do you think?
Kareem: He's entitled to think what he thinks. It doesn't really faze me what his thoughts are on that. He has his idea of what his place is in the game. I'm not going to dispute it.
NBA.com: Who is the most overlooked big man in the game today?
Kareem: The big man that I think has been the best of this generation is Tim Duncan. He gets the job done, night in and night out. He's versatile, totally able to do the things his team needs him to do to win. Tim is the leader for the Spurs. He's consistent. He does a number of different things, offensively and defensively. He's a good rebounder. He's also consistent offensively to be a go-to guy -- nothing is lacking in his game. He's very well rounded and very, very consistent.