The continuing suspense over Andrew Bynum's return masks what appears to me to be obvious; that is, that he should not return, he should sit out the playoffs and recuperate completely from his injury. His future as an impact player is undisputed. I shudder at the thought that he might reinjure his knee because of a rush back to action.
The Lakers can go far, and could conceivably win the championship with the present lineup. Even if they don't, they have come a lot further than anyone could have expected before the season began.