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Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

Posted on: May 11, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: May 11, 2011 4:21 pm
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says center Andrew Bynum will have to "fall in line" on offense next season. Posted by Ben Golliver. kobe-bynum

What a week for Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum. First, he unleashes the dirtiest play in recent memory to get himself ejected from his team's last game of the season, a disappointing loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Then, he apologizes for the hit but gets slapped with a five-game suspension that will cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

During his exit interview, reported that Bynum tried to look forward to next year with optimism, predicting that he will be a bigger part of the team's offense next season.
"Offensively for me, this series and throughout the playoffs I was just being more aggressive, just give us a solid option. I did a decent job at that, had a decent playoffs this year, but it wasn't enough. I just [want to] come back expecting that next year I'll be a bigger part of the team and I'll work to be a bigger part of the team."

"In order for this team, if it was to be the same, [playing a greater offensive role] would have to be the case," he reiterated.
On Wednesday, Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant, the team's leading scorer, poo-pooed that idea according to
But Bryant made it clear that the food chain for the Lakers won’t be changing anytime soon, at least not on his watch.

“Well, it’s tough to do on this team,” he said of moving Bynum up on the list of offensive priorities. “Ultimately, he’ll have to fall in line. Because I’m gonna shoot the ball. We all know that. Pau is going to get his touches. He’s no. 2. And then [Andrew] will have to fall in line.”

For the record, Bryant was No. 2 in the entire league in field goal attempts last season, averaging 20.1 shots per game. Pau Gasol shot 13.7, Lamar Odom shot 10.9, Ron Artest shot 8.0, Shannon Bryown shot 7.8 and then, finally, Bynum shot 7.6. There's no way Bynum, who looked like the second best center in the NBA for major stretches during the playoffs, should have five teammates taking more shots than him. I understand the "get in line" sentiment but that's a ridiculously long line. I'd be frustrated too.

Clearly, the No. 1 thing holding back Bynum is his persistent injury problems. It's hard to design an offensive system around a player who regularly misses games and has dealt with knee surgeries. It's much easier to say "play defense and rebound the scraps" than it is to create two highly-functional offensive worlds: one for when Bynum is playing and one for when he is out with injury.

This is clearly an issue to keep an eye on, assuming that Bynum isn't traded this offseason. The longer he stays healthy, the less patient he's going to be.  The situation has implosion or explosion written all over it.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:37 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

It's much easier to say "play defense and rebound the scraps" than it is to create two highly-functional offensive worlds: one for when Bynum is playing and one for when he is out with injury.
Don't they still have a playbook sitting around, or in a trophy case somewhere, from the Shaquille days?

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:35 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

The league stepped in and handed Bynum a fitting suspension for a very cheap hit. Kobe steps up as the leader and tells him to wait in line. Way to step in, but it could have been handled differently. After Kobe, i feel Bynum, Pau or Odom should be the No. 2 option depending who has the hot hand. With Jackson stepping down, their first priority should be  figuring out who is going to run the circus they call the Lakers. Jackson commanded respect because of who he was. If they think just anybody can come in and pickup where Jackson left off, they are sadly mistaken. They will have a bitter taste next year because of ther way this year ended. The Lakers have lots of talent, but if you have the inmates run the asylum, they will go nowhere.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 9:15 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

Kobe should just stick to ball hoggin and butt ballin them durty durty skankuh skankies

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:59 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

Hey Greenuns7,

Your "manlove" for Kobe is admirable but he would be far less prolific had he had
to do his time for RAPE!!!
I know you'd like to share the cell with

Celtics still #1. 

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:54 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

I've said it many times...Kobe needs to stop shooting so much and get Bynum more involved. Kobe has no right pointing fingers because this one is on him and Phil Jackson.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:08 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

Well, Ive followed closely all the teams that you so eloquently refrenced in your pointless attack but just to humor your idiocy, Im a kings fan because I enjoyed the team that they put together in the late 90s early 2000s, reminded me of the show time lakers you know when they were ACTULALLY good c i dont just blindly swear allegiance to a team because they play in a part of the country I happen to live in.Im a Yankees fan and have been all my life even through the lean years of the 80s when they couldnt win so pls spare me your bandwagon comment that your 4th grade intellect is trying to cook up right now, and Im  a raiders fan because they were until 2003 the winningest franchise IN ALL OF SPORTS HISTORY(winning percentage) look it up, but I understand why they trouble u, Ive been to 10 raiders /chargers games over the years and there are always more raiders fans than chargers fans...IN SANDIEGO, But to speak to the point of the blog, I dont like the triangle offense, I liked the lakers better when Van excel, eddie jones , divac, continued the tradition Magic started in the 80s. once Phil came In I was done, but its ok, you dont have to cry, tell you what , you can still like those 40 point a** whoppins  your hero so proudly takes, who knows maybe next year youll get to see him try and teach management another lesson about upsetting him, and shut it down in the play offs  ( again, please see 2007)show them whos in charge around here!!Kobe is a talent, clearly in the top 25 of all time, doesnt change the fact hes a punk.

Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 5:08 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

LOL socalceltsfan.  Jordan has 6 rings. And by the way, KOBE might go down as one of the greatest NBA players in history,but not as good as Jordan. Get your facts straight.And by the way, what happen to the BOSTON CELTICS? What did you say? I think they fell over the line by running up and down the court to many times. But I got to say that Boston is the greatest team in NBA history. But for sure the NY Knicks will the team to beat next year when they get Dwight Howard.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:36 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

Socal Raider, you are a confused little puppy arent you?  not only are you a KINGS fan hahahahahahahahahahahaha...hahahaha

ha. You have the audacity to be a Raiders fan haahahahahahahaha, then throw in being a yankees fan too?  you are LITERALLY a combination of the worst sports fans in america rolled into one.  Keep your oppinions to yourself until you figure out where u live or who you support k?  moron.

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:28 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

No ones hating, It's just that we know all Lakers Fans would repeat the same comments. What we did in the past is what counts. Yeah for the History of the NBA it does, but for what happens now is where it starts for someone else.  You can talk all you want about who's great and who's not, but all good things come to an end.  Go Heat!

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 4:11 am

Kobe Bryant: Andrew Bynum needs to 'fall in line'

Kobe WAS great. Not now. He needs to work Bynum into the offense more and more, kinda like Kareem did with Magic in kareem's final years. I'm not hating on Kobe, but if you still think Kobe is great, rewatch the last 4 games betweens the Mavs and let me know how many games the Lakers won? This is the worst type of Kobe Bryant. One that feels he needs to prove he's alpha dog and jacking up 34 shots a game and making 8, playing 1 on 5. You remember, Kobe ball after Shaq left. Kobe's great, but his best years are past him. Even if the Lakers trade Bynum for Dwight Howard. You think Howard's going to defer to Kobe game after game. If the new coach doesn't reign Kobe in, the Lakers will be a team like the Suns in years past: 1st rd win, hard fought 2nd rd win (maybe), but that's where the season ends.

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