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Andrew Bynum

Who wins this battle: Bryant or Kupchak?

Kupchak has the power

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

Look, Kobe Bryant and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak are far more similar than different, wired to win at all costs. Kupchak may do so in a far more behind-the-scenes manner. But both bleed purple and gold and victories.

So Kupchak, as usual, will win in this latest mini-personnel pull. Remember when Kobe demanded to be traded in 2007? That was how many NBA Finals appearances ago? The Lakers no longer are among the NBA's elite. But no matter what Kobe demands, expect Kupchak to make the best move to try to put the Lakers...