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Kobe takes center stage once again

Regular season all about Bynum, but focus shifting back to Bryant in postseason

Updated: May 2, 2012, 8:23 AM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- The message is sent to Kobe Bryant every time he tucks the ball, surveys the defense and doesn't see a secondary man coming his way. The Denver Nuggets are worried more about Andrew Bynum hurting them inside than they are the man who has the most points among active players.

The attitude can be heard in George Karl's summary of the Los Angeles Lakers' season.

"Basically, it was Bynum's showcase season," Karl said, before moving on to the knee procedure that brought ...

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