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Bryant will be 34 years old by the start of next season, but his age and health should rank far down on the Lakers` list of concerns. The Lakers` talented big men, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, frustrated the team with their inconsistency and occasional indifference during the playoffs. Pau was horrible in the playoffs, scared to take shots, always passing out, and playing no aggressiveness in both offense and defense. Bynum lost his flow and confidence that he had against the Denver Nuggets. He barely posted up and grabbed rebounds and you can tell Serge Ibaka was dominating him in the paint. No one will be surprised if the Lakers explore trade offers for one or even both of them. Point guard could again become a position of need. The Lakers also were limited by their slow adjustment to coach Mike Brown. The stupidest decision was letting go Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher for Jordan Hill and Ramon Sessions. Odom is jobless; Fisher is a huge veteran presence on the opposite team that beat the Lakers. Sessions is too much of a beginner and letting Steve Blake take his job. Jordan Hill brings absolutely nothing to the team. Im not trying to bash the players, but the trades were definitely big losses for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dont you agree?
And yet Bryant is willing to gamble considerable stakes against any critic who suggests the Lakers` championship window has closed.
"Put your house on it," Bryant said. "I would put my house on it. I aint going nowhere. They can put their house on it, but I dont think they want to bet that because theyre not stupid. Theyre foolish, but they are not stupid."