When Andrew Bynums performance was criticized after the Lakers 99 to 84 loss to the Nuggets, Bryant was sure to defend his teammate.
Bynum has come quite a long way this season with fans and although he has many new supporters, his biggest is Kobe. During Bryants post game interview he defended Bynums playing and praised his performance, passion and aggressiveness. He was adamant the blame was not on Bynum for the teams loss. Bryant also publicly acknowledge Bynums hard work.