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If you've read Bynum's comments on Kobe, you'll probably want to read Bryant's response when he heard about it ...
Bryant barely batted an eyelash when I told him what Drew said about him after the game. In fact, he agreed with what Bynum said.
"For sure, because when you’re playing with me you obviously have to sacrifice something. Same thing with me and Shaq (Shaquille O’Neal). You kind of offset each other to a certain extent. So, I mean, that’s true. When he gets back and he’s healthy, he’ll come out here and he’ll be the focal point of their attack and he’ll be getting the ball more and you’ll see big games from him more consistently."
Bryant continued to compare Bynum to himself.
"Look at my career," he said. "Obviously when you sacrifice and you have another dominant teammate, you have the capability of winning more (but) individually, you sacrifice more."
A reporter suggested that Bynum stunted his own career through injuries and a lack of discipline, but Bryant defended him again.
"A lot of it is you have to have good fortune as well. He’s been injured a lot but the times when he wasn’t injured, he is a dominant, dominant player. Hopefully he’ll be able to show it."
Of course, Kobe being Kobe, he couldn't let Bynum get away totally unscathed.
"I don’t know what he’s doing with that perm, but I guess he’s a trend setter."
Here's more Kobe complimenting Drew:
"I hoped that he would be healthy, but you guys really have a gem here. He’s really a special player at both ends of the floor. So, when he gets back and he’s healthy, he’s really going to make a huge difference."
On how long it will take for Drew to assimilate:
"Pretty quickly. Pretty quickly. All you got to do is just throw him the ball. He knows how to make reads. He really grew when he was with us in terms of being able to make the skip pass to the open man in the corner and read the defense well and make guys better. He’ll make a difference right away."
On Bynum's work ethic:
"He worked extremely hard. He worked at his game. He worked to improve his game. Worked on his jump shot. When he first came into the league, he always had a good touch but didn’t really have the confidence to shoot it, but he developed himself into being a good midrange shooter."
On AB playing through so many injuries:
"It’s always tough. When you’re dealing with injuries, a lot of it is beyond your control. He just has to remain patient and get healthy ... I hope he can (return this season)."
And finally, the first thing Kobe told Drew on Sunday:
"What the hell are you doing with that hair?"