, right, and Lamar Odom
, middle, anchored the 2008 Los Angeles Lakers for the bulk of the year, but it wasn't until the late-season acquisition of Spanish 7-footer Pau Gasol
, left, from the Memphis Grizzles that "Showtime" glory returned to L.A.
Bryant, Odom and Gasol stand for the national anthem prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden Arena February 29, 2008 in Portland, Oregon. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)