O.C. Register: It feels like eternity from here, but at this time last year there was a lot of talk about trading most of the Chicago Bulls’ young and skilled roster for one Kobe Bryant.

Neither side really wanted to do it, so nothing happened … unfortunately for Chicago. But with Bryant sitting out the Lakers’ exhibition game Thursday night, it’s a good time to offer up this bit of conjecture …

Which is more valuable – most of the Lakers’ young and skilled roster or one Kobe Bryant?

Let’s put the other high-level Lakers – Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom – to the side for now. Would the Lakers have a better chance for success this season if they went in without Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Trevor Ariza, Vladimir Radmanovic, Luke Walton, Chris Mihm, Josh Powell, DJ Mbenga, Sun Yue and Coby Karl (yes, without all of them)… or without Bryant?

Given how potent a front four of Bryant, Gasol, Bynum and Odom would still be, you’d probably have to prefer the reigning NBA MVP. Too bad you’d need to get some scrub – hey, Smush Parker was just cut by Denver on Thursday! – to fill out your starting lineup, but you could still be pretty good, barring injuries.

That’s a testament to how Bryant no longer has to do it all, because having three elite players behind you is serious support. Consider that back in the 2004-05 season, the top four of the Lakers’ roster was Bryant, Odom, an unproven Caron Butler entering his third NBA season and … Vlade Divac? Chucky Atkins? Mihm? Jumaine Jones?

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  • Nabil

    Nice article. If Mr. Ding just went one year further in talking about our best four back then, you would have had to say Kobe, Lamar,…? Nice to know Smush has been cut! Can you believe that guy was our STARTER?!? It was basically Kobe and Lamar (when he decided to show up) out there. If Lamar didn’t show up, Kobe would have to drop 55 in about 20 minutes to bring the Lakers back against the Raptors. Well, as fun as that scrub team was for watching Kobe go off, it’s great to say that’s a distant memory to us now. :)

  • LakersFirst

    It was also one year ago when Kobe wanted to be traded. Let’s not forget that.

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    There is something missing in that title it should of been
    “Just One Year Ago Kobe Bryant Wanted Out of LA, and was all most a Bull”.
    That God he was not a Bull!!!!!

  • west213

    lol kobe goes like “Chicago?!!” in d pic