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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.
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Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:03 pm
 

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

Unfortunately Bynum and Gasol haven't figured out that offense is only half the game.  They are the softest, laziest pair of talented big men in NBA history.  When was the last time you saw either of them sprint back on defense?  They both loaf around like they are out for a Sunday jog.  The Lakers interior defense is pathetic.  How many wide open uncontested layups did JJ Barea have?  With no Laker big man in sight?  The guy is barely 5'9" and he dominated the paint.  Both Bynum and Gasol are all talent, no heart. 



Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:01 pm
 

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

Kobe Bryant is a great team leader in what? Crying because his team lost. What did he do that so great in losing to Dallas? Not a damn thing. Its a team effort. if he is so great, he should play by himself. He needs to wake up and see that basketball is a team effort. To me, he should fall in line. I have plenty of towels for him to cry on. He will never be a Michael Jordon. If I was a team owner, he be would be the last player I would ever pick. He should be a bench warmer or a towel person. Put him on the bench a few games or send him to school to learn what team playing is all about. So Kobe, sit down at home and watch the rest of the playoffs and think about how it takes to be a team player to get ahead and not a selfish person who thinks he can do it all by himself.



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:56 pm
 

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

The problem is Kobe is taking too many shots and bad ones at that.  He has become the problem.  When the leader becomes the problem, there is no quick solution.  You don't fire the superstar or ask him to change at this point in his career.  They won't win again until Kobe gets his act together FIRST.  He needs to look in the mirror.  These playoffs also proved that Gasol needs to take a back seat to Bynum.  Too passive.  Bynum needs more touches. 




Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:45 pm
 

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

HEY RAT-RAPISTS, NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY RAT.
You obviously care otherwise, you wouldn't have commented.



Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:32 pm
 

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

Kobe Bryant is a great leader.............................

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Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 9:54 pm
 

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

The playoffs were over so they couldn't suspend him this season..  I do agree that  5 games was not enough -he should have had to sit out the entire next season -maybe take anger management classes.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 9:01 pm
 

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

Who cares about him getting suspended for the 1st 5 games of the season. It should have been when it really counted... In the damn PLAY-OFFS. What a big joke that little suspension is.


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