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No overseas for Bynum because L.A. needs to focus

Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 3:49 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Andrew Bynum isn't going overseas for two reasons, he says. 1) Because he thinks there won't be any missed games in the NBA and 2) because he thinks the Lakers don't need any distractions.

He's probably right. With the second thing, at least.

That's not at all a dig at Kobe Bryant who has reportedly exploring overseas options, but for Bynum, a distraction machine, peering across the pond wouldn't be a good thing for him. He's gets hurt all the time, and well, he gets hurt all the time. Already Bynum walks on thin ice with Laker fans because of some summer decisions last year like postponing knee surgery to go to the World Cup in South Africa which meant he wasn't ready for the start of the season. So a European vacation isn't something that's a great idea for Bynum.

"No, I'll stay here and stay in shape," Bynum told the Los Angeles Times. "[The lockout] seems bad, but I don't think anyone wants to lose games. Player salaries aren't the issue as much as people buying teams and arenas that have been devalued by the things that are part of everyone's life now. We might miss training camp, but I think the season will start on time.

"We got embarrassed and we all need to come back focused, ready to win," he said. "You lose 4-0, there's not much more to be said. I was the first one to admit we didn't work hard enough to win. Let's tell the truth. It was due to a myriad of reasons -- our collective drive and determination. It's about being accountable. Me included. Everyone included."

"Embarrassed" is a pretty good word for it. The Lakers not only got stomped by the Mavericks, but in their exit, started trying to behead Dallas players and Bynum committed the most egregious act. So if there's a team itching to get back on the floor this season and start searching for a little redemption, it has to be L.A.

There is some question and speculation as to if Bynum is going to make it through the season with the team though. All the Dwight Howard rumors have entangled Bynum as well as a Howard trade to the Lakers would most certainly send him to Orlando. Not something Bynum would be excited about though.

"I like L.A., and don't want to go anywhere else. It'd be good to stay in one place your whole career, and the Lakers are the most storied franchise in the league, everyone knows who the Lakers are, and I appreciate the Lakers' love," he said.

Yeah, and he certainly doesn't want the lasting image of him in the purple and gold to be an aerial clothesline of a player more than a foot shorter than him.


Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:57 am

No overseas for Bynum because L.A. needs to focus

DREW? Are you serious? You're referring to Andrew Bynum as "DREW"? Get out of here!

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:57 pm

No overseas for Bynum because L.A. needs to focus

I don’t think Howard will ever wear a Laker uniform. I think Buss Junior has made all his bets on Drew. That is his man. He think Drew is the future and when Kobe move on the team will be built around Drew.

I don’t want to see Howard in a Laker uniform.

I hope that with Drew’s assessment of the team this mean he is ready to finally step into a leadership role on the team. Certainly him stating he would stay in shape is a difference from the norm, as he was not in the best shape possible last season as he waited to get a operation he should have taken care of at the end of the prior season.
Perhaps he is growing up and possible seeing his legacy as a Laker and being one of the great Laker centers we have had. He certainly have the tools and talent.

He has to stay injury free for a couple of seasons, being in shape would certainly go a long way in helping in that regards. Come to camp in shape and prevent injuries.

Phil Jackson made I perfectly clear that Drew’s role on the teams was rebounds and put backs, not heavy scoring . Drew was the third option behind Kobe and Gasol. You are not gonna get many touches being the third option. When he got into foul trouble Phil always took him out, thus he would be on the bench for 5-10 minutes.

Under Brown he might have a different role and would be relied on to do a bit more scoring.



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:21 pm

No overseas for Bynum because L.A. needs to focus

that is soooooooo true he does not force the issue down on the block and is not demanding of the ball. At times he disappears from the game because he doesn't demand the ball. I know Kobe has something to do with that but it seems there is some trust issues there. GET A JUMP SHOT !!!!!!!

Since: May 28, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:01 pm

No overseas for Bynum because L.A. needs to focus

Well Bynum if you dont wanna get traded for Howard then you need to improve your post game. You have a team option coming up so if your not showing some potential as a Franchise player come the All-star break(If There Is One) I see you being traded to Orlando for Howard. I like Bynum but like Lebron I dont think he works hard at his craft. He's getting by right now on his size. He has to increase his offensive options to be effective in the post. Develop a certified hook shot and become a threat when they push you away from the basket and your value will sky rocket!

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