ON LAKERS center Andrew Bynum (right), who through Sunday had averaged 13.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks since returning to the starting lineup on Jan. 4:
"Anytime you have a Hall of Fame guy like Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] working with you, it's going to accelerate your learning curve. Bynum's skills are so good that it's going to be up to him to determine how good he becomes. If he doesn't get hurt, he could play in this league for 20 years. He's not showing a whole lot from the foul line or in the pick-and-pop, and he needs to learn that extended jump hook that no one can block. But he already has a righthanded hook shot over the left shoulder, he's got a drop step, and he can finish anywhere around the basket. The sky's the limit."