Ira Winderman

Sun Sentinel

Neither. The answer is: The Buss family. Always.

Recall Kobe wanted Andrew Bynum gone. Not only didn't that happen, but the Lakers went on to win a pair of championships.

Mitch Kupchak could not possibly have wanted to cast aside Lamar Odom for absolutely nothing in return. But that's a deal that did happen.

The Lakers are in a dark place right now. Kupchak is finding his hands tied; Mike Brown hardly is coming off as a definitive leader.

Into the void, as always, steps Kobe. It's as if we're back in the Rudy T era.

In the end, the Busses, well, drive this bus. Perhaps off a cliff this time, but they nonetheless aren't about to cede control. To Mitch. Or to Kobe.

iwinderman@tribune.com

Get Gasol's head in game

David Georgette

Orlando Sentinel

Kobe Bryant says the Lakers should make a decision on the future of Pau Gasol — trade him or keep him. Why would the Lakers even want to trade Gasol? He won an NBA title for L.A. in 2010 when he stepped up against the Celtics, just two years after Kevin Garnett and the Celtics bulldozed Gasol. And just one year after the Lakers took care of Dwight Howard and the Magic in the Finals.

When Gasol's head is in the game, he is among the best big guys in the league. Who's better? Howard? Are the Magic going to deal Howard straight up for Gasol? That doesn't make sense. So Mitch Kupchak should help Gasol get his head in the game by telling the big guy he's the guy for the Lakers — at least for this season.

dgeorgette@tribune.com