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Andrew Bynum enters season expecting a large role

December 31, 2011 | 11:00 am

Andrew Bynum

-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains how the Lakers plan to enhance Andrew Bynum's role this season.

-- The Daily News' Phil Collin focuses on Bynum's itchiness to play. 

-- The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman notes how Nuggets Coach George Karl hopes his team builds a rhythm when it plays three games in consecutive nights, including a back-to-back set against the Lakers. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky provides a detailed practice report. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky highlights Mike Brown's defensive philosophy. 

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details how Josh McRoberts spent his initial time with the Lakers carpooling with Troy Murphy and Andrew Goudelock in a Prius. 

-- Fox Sports' Chris Tomasson argues the 2012 London Olympic basketball team featuring Kobe Bryant could be superior to the 1992 Dream Team. 

--'s Mike Trudell talks with Lakers' radio announcer John Ireland about what it's like covering the team.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's wondahbap believes that Bynum's return makes it easier to actually assess the Lakers.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Phillip Barnett provides statistical analysis explaining how Pau Gasol looks comfortable in Mike Brown's offense. 

Tweet of the Day: "I not only love this years system but I love last years system also. I am blessed to being playing ball period!!!!! .... If I have to keep score, get the towels and clean the floor for my team I will!! ... If I have to shine shoes at the entrance and then sub in the game I will do that" -- MettaWorldPeace (Lakers forward Metta World Peace)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "The D is really clicking right now! The best through 4 games... who would have ever said that before the season started. With Bynum coming back its only going to get better, perhaps a rough patch here or there, but they need to keep it up." -- Chris F Almazan

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers center Andrew Bynum, left, walks with teammate Pau Gasol during a game against San Antonio in April. Bynum expects to play an even larger role in the team's offensive strategy this season. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times