ESPN: Andrew Bynum has gotten big, cinematically big, to the point that when he approaches, you can’t help but do a slow pan from his toes to his head, like a dramatic movie shot. His chest and shoulders have filled out. He’s a skinny teenager no more.

The question is: Is Bynum big enough to handle the extraordinary burden placed on him, to be the man to bring the Lakers from 2008 runners-up to 2009 champions?

Bynum doesn’t sag under the expectations. He shrugs.

“I don’t think it’s putting a lot on my shoulders at all,” Bynum said. “We have a team, a caliber of team, that’s worthy and good enough to get back.”

Lakers fans already have done the math. Kobe Bryant & Co. plus Bynum in the first two months of the 2007-08 season equaled the top team in the Western Conference. Kobe & Co. plus Pau Gasol in the second half of the season equaled the Western Conference championship. Therefore, Kobe & Co. plus Gasol and Bynum should equal NBA champs, right?

The equation isn’t that simple. There are some additional facts and figures to throw in there.

For one thing, “We’ve seen Andrew play about 20 games in three seasons, and that’s about it,” coach Phil Jackson said.

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  • nickatnight

    Bynum looks great, Why can’t more guys who make all this moneys show up to camp like that? Remember a Guy named SHAQ? who never came to camp in shape but maybe one year in is whole career. GO LAKERS, Can’t wait for them to Shut the CELTICS and PAUL PIERCE UP!

  • lakerfan101

    danm, look at those muscles!

  • daboss1848

    Big boy could mean big problems – knees, ankles, feet . . .

    Hoping for a healthy season for our 88 million dollar (all based on potential) man.

  • Yash

    damn look at the bazookas. They bigger than the size of my head lol.

    Pau + Bynum = PAUNUM. sounds like pown em.

  • ak24

    CANT WAIT TO SEE HIM PlaY! THREE MOREEE EFFEN DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOOOT WOOT!!!!!! :]

  • yellowpurplefever

    Those Guns make Michael Thompson proud. Bring on Howard, Oden, Stoudi, Duncan, Yao, and Perkie. LETS RUMBLE !!!

  • Nabil

    PAUNUM? How about Bynau (as in “Bye-Now”).

  • kobe124

    DAMN! Big Black aint got nothing on Andrew now. Andrew got some 24’s not 22’s.

  • daboss1849

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    Who the hell is big black???

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