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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, SI.com 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 NBA.com.
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.”
Ouch. 

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.
Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:30 am
 

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

    UH, I think Bynum has shown who he is: an immature, self centered thug who thinks he's entitled. I bet LA plays without him next year. Then Bynam can go to the cellar dwellers and be the big scorer and star that he feels entitled to be.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 2:03 am
 

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

you must be a mav fan . can any one tell me y derk did not get a fine or suspension for the blatent elbo that he hit artest  in the back of head with under the basket in game 2. and you can go back and replay  the game and see it.derk has done the same cheap shot elbos all year and nothing has happend .i live in texas and watch all the mavs games.derk gets away with merder all the time.




Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:49 am
 

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

Kobe is right.  Bynum is the 3rd softest person in the league.. waaaaay behind Bosh & slightly behind P. Gasol.  I don't like the Lakers at all, but I respect Kobe.. and he's right.. Bynum is a chump & needs to learn his place.  1st thing he needs to do is worry about rebounding, not getting shots.  Maybe he could protect the paint from time to time?  He's worried about getting the ball & scoring, when clearly they needed defense against the Mavs.  Bynum isn't even a good shot selector... he's immature, like Lebron James immature, but at least until the last 2 mins Lebron normally takes good shots.  Can't say anything about Bynum except that he's a whiny piss poor big.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:48 am
 

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

You are a fool and no nothing about the game based on your remarks.  The people thay have a clue think different. You fools think anyone listens when you blab on like this. I dont like Kobe but he is a big time clutch guy, Go get a life you hater.......dont like people like you that hate for no reason.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:26 am
 

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

History says otherwise.  The Lakers have been a force in every decade for 60 plus years.



Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:24 am
 

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

Wow, I ve watched this kids entire career,and the arrogance  with which he communicates is astounding. This team goes nowhere without Bynum the last three years.Foe every time Kobe has won a game with a last second shot, ive seen him lose a game with a turn over or missed shot, scoring 30 doesnt impress me when your taking 35 shots a game. Hes a great player but doesnt belong anywhere near the greatest of all time discussions, hes not even the best LAKER of all time!! The one inescable truth about the lakers in the Kobe era is they are a reflection of who he is as a player and that is a great front runner. It was shaq that bailed them out against Portland in 99, Horry who did it against Sacremento 01, and fisher with the .04 against San Antonio, twice kobe has had an opportunity when the team stuggled to step up and say "dont worry I ,got this"08 aginst the celts and this year aginst the mavs, both times they lost by 40.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:15 am
 

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

Bottom line Kobe is a cocky, self-centered, egotistical, over confident ball hog. Seriously, the guy is unreal as far as talent goes and I can't deny how good "he" is. But to tell a teammate to "fall in line" is like saying, me no matter what. If I played on a team with him I would feel like it doesn't matter what I do. It's all about Kobe, so do it Kobe. It would be Kobe playing center, PG, SG, SF, and PF. I would even make him inbound the ball to himself. It's not about I or me, it's we. It takes a team to win. While one person can make a difference, they still don't make a team, only one part.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:12 am
 

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

Kobe is right. Bynum needs to get in line !



Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:57 am
 

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

well i know who im drafting #1 on fantasy basketball next year. i passed on kobe and lebron in all league this year and went with dirk and cp3 and both of them had a poor regualr season.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:50 am
 

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

What a great thing to tell the big man that holds your championship hopes in his hands. Kobe has been throwing his teammates under the bus for a while. If Kobe can't sacrifice for the better of his team then he will be "falling in line" at the movie theaters or at some club in May next year, rather than playing a playoff game.



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