It is safe to say the Lakers go as Kobe Bryant goes.
But if L.A. wants to "go" anywhere this season, they will have to see Bryant on the court if they even want to sniff the postseason. And considering the West is loaded with power house teams such as the Spurs, Thunder, Warriros and possibly the Rockets, the Lakers will need Bryant to challenge in the West.
With Bryant coming off his Achilles injury and surgery, there's still no timetable set on when he can return to the court. Here is what Kobe himself had to say about his return.