Lakers Examiner: It was just last week that people were asking whether the Los Angeles Lakers were better off without Andrew Bynum.
It allowed Lamar Odom to flourish in the starting role, while providing more space down low for Pau Gasol to operate.
In Bynum’s absence, Pau picked up back-to-back Western Conference Player of the Week honors and Odom was putting up silly numbers in the rebound column.
Not to mention the Lakers were playing their best basketball of the season.
That all came to a screeching halt this weekend, however, as the Lakers dropped two games in a row to Western Conference foes, the Denver Nuggets and the Steve Nash-less Phoenix Suns.
It was more evident than ever that the Lakers missed their big man as they watched Shaquille O’Neal drop 33 points in 35 minutes.