He needs Bynum and Gasol, and he needs World Peace. They won a championship together just two years ago, so the talent is certainly there.
What's been missing has been chemistry and desire, the intangibles that often mean the difference between advancing in the playoffs and going home. To his credit, Bryant has taken it upon himself to instill both in his teammates, but it's a work in progress.
The swagger is still missing. And soon the Lakers may be, too.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
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