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Andrew Bynum: Lamar Odom trade 'definitely breaks our team up'

December 11, 2011 |  3:02 pm

Andrew Bynum said the Lakers' chemistry will "definitely" be adversely affected by the Lamar Odom trade.

"He was always somebody keeping the mood light," Bynum said of Odom at the team's practice facility Sunday. "Somebody you look to just to talk to... Having him gone is definitely going to affect chemistry a little bit."

The Lakers dealt Odom to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft. Odom averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds last season and was named the Sixth Man of the Year.

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"It definitely breaks our team up," Bynum said. "It's going to be a different rotation. It's kind of crazy. He's a friend of mine and definitely a great player and to have him go in this fashion, I don't know... It's a business and stuff happens."

Bynum's name also has been tossed around in trade rumors. Despite seeing his close friend leave and knowing that his own future with the team is uncertain, Bynum said his allegiance to the Lakers has not faltered.

"I'm always loyal to the Lakers," he said, "No question there."


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