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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: 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.




Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:30 am
 

Why hasn't the NBA fined or suspended Lamar Odom?

Now that Andrew Bynum has been fined and suspended by the NBA, shouldn't Lamar Odom be the next in line??
What did to Dirk wasn't just a love tap!!  Kobe should hold him accountable as well...



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:30 am
 

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

Ben "The Jackal" Golliver



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:29 am
 

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

People, do yourself a favor. Don't fall for the media Jackals. Learn the facts, not what the Jackals write.....



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:26 am
 

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

I watched the exit video. Not suprising I refer to the media as "Jackals". They take slightest comment and blow them out of proportion by adding their cute little lies, I mean lines (are do I?) and twisting what was meant into what they want you to hear. Listening to the questions to all the players from the Jackals you could just hear them fishing for any dirt. I know this I would not speak to the "jacka.s" if I were in any pro sport.

I find the writers for ESPN and CBS lacking in any respect what so ever. To bad this is not on paper. It would make a nice bedding for my cat to pee on.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:12 am
 

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

bynum what a joke i love it laker fans hope you enjoyed your run cause its over lol and i for one love it



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:41 pm
 

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

I think if Bynum displayed more consistent desire, Kobe would be happy to put him at the front of the line.



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:35 pm
 

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

I agree with Kobe and disagree. 

Bynum hasnt earned the right to try to score more than Kobe , Gasol or Odom. Those guys have been scoring for years. you just can't come in there and want the ball over them. He hasn't prooved he can do it during the season or when it matters. 

Bynum will have to proove that he can take some of that scoring and can score next preseason which means...... Bynum will have to work his butt off this off season , shooting 300 jump shots a day,  jump shot after jump shot or come up with some type of sky hook. 

In the early Laker years, we had Magic, Worthy and Kareem. All who could score. If Bynum can score 15-20 a night that would be a great sight to see.

On the other hand. You look at the Heat with LJ, Wade and Bosh and those three guys can score. Even in Boston, Garnet, Ray Allen and Pierce can score. Lakers need that third scorer. Maybe Kobe should give Bynum that opportunity to try to score.

But again. Bynum has to practice this off season to get to that point to where his team mates trust him to score. 

 



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:33 pm
 

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

he should have had to sit out the entire next season 

Dude, Artest got 50 games for going into the seats after a fan, which is about the worst thing you can do in basketball short of fixing games. You might have a case that Bynum deserved more than 5 games for a cheap shot foul, but the whole season? Get real.


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