Yahoo! Sports: One by one, they strutted onto the Staples Center floor Tuesday night, a parade of stars, all destined to be forever remembered for their roles in the Los Angeles Lakers’ famed family.
Khloe. Kim. Even Mama Kardashian.
Jerry West, James Worthy and Magic Johnson would eventually get a few minutes of court time, too. The Lakers lined up their legends on opening night, distributed their three-carat bling, and even the youngest among them seemed genuinely enthused. Bouncing on his toes, smile stretched across his face, Andrew Bynum(notes) beamed as he accepted his championship ring.
“Best gift I’ve ever gotten,” he said.
What goes unsaid: No one around here expects it to be his last. Bynum turned just 22 on Tuesday, and if that doesn’t worry the rest of the Western Conference, then this should: He celebrated his birthday with 26 points and 13 rebounds, treating the Los Angeles Clippers’ frontline like a piñata in the Lakers’ 99-92 victory.
Never has the Lakers’ young center looked this good this early.
“I’m healthy,” Bynum said. “It feels good to be able to say that.”