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Magic: Lakers must rise around Kobe

Updated: December 20, 2011, 8:42 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Magic Johnson said in order for the Los Angeles Lakers to be a championship team this season, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum must have the best seasons of their careers.

And Johnson tasked Kobe Bryant with making sure that happened.

"What Kobe has to do now is really look to get Gasol and Bynum going and then pick and choose when he should dominate," Johnson said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. "Because he's going to need help, especially more this season than any other ...

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