Preceding their 2007-2008 championship run, the face of Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant, was exploring trade options, while the city of Los Angeles was in a chaotic uproar over the possibility of losing their star.
As we all know, Kobe decided to stay in Los Angeles and all seemed well at Staples Center until Bryant began calling out young center Andrew Bynum during the pre-season, famously being caught on a videophone saying "Ship his ass out of here."
Bryant admitted to solving previous issues with Bynum, saying that he was ready for another championship run, only to lose the center before the playoffs.
This season, however, Bynum is back—healthy or not—and the Lakers' offense has once again returned to top form.
With Bynum back at the center position and Pau Gasol playing his natural power-forward position, the Celtics will have more size to counter on defense than when they fell to the Celtics in 2008.