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Bynum: Dwight Will Have To Adjust Playing With Kobe

Dwight Howard has replaced Andrew Bynum as center of the Los Angeles Lakers following their offseason trade.

The Lakers beat the 76ers by a 111-98 final in the first game between the two teams this season.

"I think Dwight's a great player, but he's going to have to get accustomed to playing with Kobe, obviously, and not touching the ball every single play," Bynum said Sunday.

Bynum said Bryant helped "tremendously" during the early part of his career, but he wanted more touches in the post than what Bryant was able to share.

"Later I thought I was able to get the ball more and do more things with the ball, so I could definitely see how at the end it could stunt growth," Bynum said.

"Oh, for sure," Bryant said. "Because when you're playing with me, you obviously have to sacrifice something. It's the same thing with me and Shaq [O'Neal]. You kind of offset each other.

"When [Bynum] gets back and he's healthy, he'll come out here and he'll be the focal point of their attack. He'll be getting the ball more and you'll see big games from him more consistently."

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

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