"If and when Andrew's back, which we totally anticipate, we'll be a different type of team entirely," Jackson said. "We showed that we could win out here in the West, but we weren't ready for the bruisers of the East for that bruising in-your-face kind of style that was played by Detroit and Boston. They've been successful the last two times against the Lakers [in the Finals], those two teams. We have to be able to match that type of play.
"[Bynum's] size and length and weight carries a real sense of intimidation and that kind of energy that you like to have on the court."
Meanwhile, Jackson and Kupchak said they were intrigued by the possibility of a frontcourt with Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
"It could be the longest and the biggest frontcourt in the NBA in many, many years," Kupchak said.
Just the same, Odom, 28, is somewhat of a bargaining chip going into the last year of a contract that will pay him $14.1 next season. He shrugged off the possibility of a trade, saying rumors had been "going on ever since I've been here."
"I came over in a pretty big trade," he said. "Since then, we've missed the playoffs, lost twice in the first round and then we lost in the championship. People want results.
"This is where I want to end my career, as a Laker. L.A. is my second home. I've been here since I was 19. I want to remain here."
It figures to be a quiet off-season in at least one matter.
Kobe Bryant said his days of being a general manager were left behind last summer. In fact, Bryant's exit meeting on Thursday with Kupchak and Jackson was without incident.
"He was kind of chipper," Kupchak said. "It was certainly different than last year's exit meeting."