Some opinion editor's column I was reading opined that if Bryant were healthy the Lakers could have made a run in the playoffs. I'm sorry, but no. No, they wouldn't have. Neither San Antonio nor my Thunder were quaking in their boots, Kobe or no Kobe.
Kobe's a great player, but he's all LA has. Therein lies the crux of the problem. He couldn't have willed the Lakers through the playoffs by himself. If that could be done, Cleveland would have rings by now. Without Bryant, the Lakers have less than nothing. Dwight Howard is going to get off his butt if someone isn't there chiding him every single minute? I doubt it.