Tag:Andrew Bynum
Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:49 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:50 pm

Lakers loss leads to ominous stat

Lakers lose fourth in a row, which leads to push-come-to-shove streaks, one of which must end. Posted by Matt Moore

One loss is a laugh-off. Two is an annoyance. Three is concerning. Four? Four losses in a row? That's ominous.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost 109-99 to the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, pardon me, the 5-12-entering Houston Rockets for their fourth consecutive loss. why are four losses, even ones as apoplectic as these, significant whatsoever for a championship-proven team in December?

Because of this, courtesy of Andrew Siciliano of FSN :

So that's pretty ominous. The Lakers aren't struggling because Kobe Bryant's out injured or because Pau Gasol is out injured (though Pau is struggling because of the lack of center depth with Theo Ratliff out and Andrew Bynum Andrew Bynuming). They're struggling because they're having significant lapses at the defensive end (Shane Battier scored 11 straight on them in the final minutes for crying out loud), and on offense, too often a no-longer-29-year-old Kobe Bryant is constantly putting up bad shots. On key possessions Bryant opted for the 40-foot-three-pointer shots instead of using all his knowledge and craft to create easier opportunities, extend the game or work for a quality shot.

The other trend that the 4-game streak omen is up against? Phil Jackson has never failed to complete a 3-peat. Given the fact that LA has five months to get it right, Andrew Bynum returns in a few weeks, and this team could not care less about the regular season and they're still only losing these games by a handful of buckets, we should probably bet on the latter trend holding up.

But it still should be noted that the Lakers right now? They're not very good at all.

Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:51 pm

Bynum's MRI clean, still on for December

Lakers center expected back as soon as December 10th from continuing knee issue.
Posted by Matt Moore

No, no, silly rabbit. The promising young center who perpetually is sidelined by concerning test results is Greg Oden! Andrew Bynum is the one who comes back with a clean bill of health, then gets nicked up and is expected out three weeks and misses an entire paleolithic era.

Anyway, Bynum's MRI came back this afternoon, and good news: it's negative. Which is the bizarre way of the medical field of telling you something good. Great news! It's negative! Nowhere else does this phenomenon occur. Not like my boss is going to come to me and say "Hey, we checked out a review of all your comments and scored them, great news: it's negative!"

Sorry, got off-track. From ESPN :

Lakers spokesman John Black said the exam -- the first on Bynum's knee since before training camp and scheduled in order to compare how the knee looked then versus now -- showed nothing "abnormal" or "unexpected."

That's good. The last time I had an MRI on my knee they found an entire race of beings living inside who considered me an evil wizard and wouldn't stop with the incessant puns and that was really abnormal.

Phil Jackson finally came up with a possible return date for Bynum, saying he could be available for the December 10th game against the Bulls in Chicago. Which means Bynum will actually be available for the February 27th game against the Thunder. If he feels right.
Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:54 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:51 pm

Andrew Bynum has 'no idea' when he'll return

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has "no idea" when he will return to the court after having surgery on his knee. Posted by Ben Golliver andrew-bynum-knee

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has yet to take the court for the defending champions this season, as he continues to work his back from summer knee surgery.  Bynum's rehabilitation has been filled with twists and turns. He has been criticized for waiting until after soccer's World Cup to undergo the surgery. He's also dealt with whispers about how hard he's working to get back, but that seems par for the course in the NBA whenever fans and media grow impatient with a player's extended rehabilitation.  Lakers.com has posted a transcript of a brief interview with Bynum, however, that might raise the eyebrows and heart rates of Lakers fans just a touch.  In the interview, conducted Wednesday evening, Bynum says he has "no idea" when he will be back on the court, that he's really only doing "straight line" running during his workouts, that he has yet to move laterally in game-like situations, and that he's not sure he will be practicing with his teammates by Thanksgiving. Bynum concludes by saying that his slow progress shouldn't be a major cause for concern.
I’m not real concerned with it, just trying to get healthy and get back. My big thing is to be in the best shape that I can be when I get out there so nothing else happens. I don’t want to have a set back or regress.
A go-to comment for NBA coaches and general mangers when a player is in a situation like this is: "as long as he's back for the playoffs, we'll be OK." Most of the time, that's just lip service, and the team simply doesn't want to add additional pressure to a player that's going through a painful physical process of rehabilitation. Given how well the Lakers have started the season, and how well Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom have held down the post in Bynum's absence, there is no good reason to rush Bynum back. The Lakers, unlike so many other teams, honestly don't need their injured big man until the playoffs. Sure, everyone involved would like Bynum healthy, and he would be an asset, but the risk/reward balance of rushing him back when the Lakers are playing so well without him is totally out of wack.  While the Theo Ratliff knee surgery leaves the Lakers temporarily short-handed in front, that will be a blip in the radar come the post-season. Managing Bynum's health is all about the long-term play. Forget Thanksgiving. If he's not back by Valentine's Day, then it's time to get concerned. 
Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:19 pm

Lakers could be moving rookies to D-League

Posted by Royce Young

It's not easy to make an impact as a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team is stacked with a ton of veteran talent to start with, plus the Lakers are typically picking in the late first round anyway.

But rookies Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks have kind of found their way on to the floor and have added some value to the Lakers. However, that time may be short lived.

With Andrew Bynum returning in about three weeks, room in the rotation won't be there and both Caracter and Ebanks might find themselves inactive and sitting in suits on a nightly basis. So instead of just leaving them be, Phil Jackson told the O.C. Register that he'd like to see both sent down to the D-League to get some more experience.

Caracter has actually been playing a decent amount appearing six of the Lakers seven games, including a season-high 16 minutes in a blowout win over the Grizzlies last week. It's not a ton, but Caracter is getting 6.5 minutes a game and it's not just scrap minutes. He's been filling in at power forward in the meat of the game.

Ebanks has seen less time appearing in just three games. But he's shown flashes of talent and as a 6'9 swingman with handling abilities, he's someone worth being patient with.

But when Bynum returns, that playing time won't be there. So the Lakers are taking a wise step and instead of getting nothing out of the two young talents, they're going to try and develop them. That's not something you see a lot of from the Lakers who don't really focus a ton on internal development, but with an eye toward to the future, they're going to take some time with Ebanks and Caracter.
Posted on: November 4, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 1:49 pm

Bynum will start when he gets back

Posted by Matt Moore

Andrew Bynum should be back soon. No, really. Quit looking at us like that. He's seriously on track this time. It's different this time! Honest!

Anyway, the question is, with Lamar Odom playing lights out, and the Lakers, you know, destroying everything in their path, Will Bynum start when he returns? Well, it would interrupt chemistry, and Odom's definitely earned the minutes, and you don't fix it if it's not broken, so naturally yes! He will start when he gets back. From ESPNLA :
"We like what we see from these five guys [in the starting lineup]; however, there are extenuating circumstances with Drew," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "He has a knee that [puts him] in a situation [where] he's got to get himself prepped before a ballgame. He wears a brace because of it and, as a consequence, once he's warmed up you hate to have a guy sit down for 15 minutes and cool off and have to start all over again."
So thanks for everything, Lamar, but we kind of need Bynum to keep that knee warmed up for the ten to fifteen minutes he's available.

I'm kidding, of course, it's a reasonable approach, and besides, Odom's never chafed at coming off the bench. This team is deep enough, they could have a gigantic asteroid smash through their chemistry and still beat most opponents by 15. That's how good this Lakers team is. And when Bynum gets back, they'll be even better.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:19 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 7:23 pm

The Laker Manifesto

This is the way your season ends. This is the way your season ends. This is the way your season ends. Not with a burn, but in gold. Posted by Matt Moore

You see that?

That's theirs. It was theirs last year. It's theirs this year -- tomorrow night, actually . And unless Boston figures a way to play better and stay healthy, or the Triad is actually as good as advertised , then it'll be theirs again this year. They are that good. They are that strong, that experienced, that focused and that deep. But most of all? They're that good.

And here's how it will happen.

This locker room, from all indications, is not unlike your typical successful business office. It's not a monkey bars meet-up like Oklahoma City, nor is it some sort of Reservoir Dogs luncheon like what I experienced in the Heat locker room. It's just like a succesful office. Guys hang around the water cooler, yucking it up about Monday Night Football or the obnoxious dude down the hall. There's a comfortable familiarity, everyone knows each other and Christmas parties are a blast. Everyone gets along, outside of the Slovenian dude who keeps blasting Drake at high volume on Fridays and can't figure out how to work the printer. Someone brings doughnuts, the kitchen's usually pretty clean, everyone pulls their weight, and the chatter about Glee is both in-depth and hilarious.

And everyone's afraid for their jobs except the two guys with corner offices.

There's a level of excellence demanded of this team, and it starts and stops with Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant. That mindset -- the professional, hyper-achieving without sacrificing the mind concept -- is what permeates. It makes the team disciplined and proficient, and it makes most of its players terrified of the day when they slip up in front of the bosses. You will not fail, because Bryant and Jackson will not allow you to fail.

The Triangle really isn't the right fit for most of this team. That's not only pretty certain, it's painfully obvious. Shannon Brown, when released from the shackles, looks like a dynamic, powerful, well-intentioned guard. Within its confines, he's like an ADD kid trying to sit through The English Patient . Lamar Odom? Everything he does is largely outside of the triangular box, filling in the gaps and playing loose within the margins. The only players that really benefit from the system are Kobe, Pau Gasol and Derek Fisher. Phil Jackson does too, of course. Because Jackson doesn't have to spend the time running out variation upon variation. It exists upon itself and all he has to do is teach it right. This isn't because he's lazy, far from it. It allows him to work on what is most important. Getting their minds and souls in the best place to compete. Sometimes that means kicking the dog down the stairs and to New Jersey to play backup point guard. And sometimes that means questioning the player in the press in order to get him to have the best run of his career, like Ron Artest. It's a balance that allows for focus.

Are there questions? Sure.

Starting and ending with Bryant's knee. It's not 100%, not close to it. But the man won a title with nine fingers and 1.5 knees. So I wouldn't let your breath out when he has the ball, kiddos. If there's one thing Bryant's shown, it's that he adapts. Constantly. Growing a post-game, grinding out the mid-range jumper, bombing from downtown. He'll do what the team needs, what he needs. There's no quit in Mamba, but there is a gigantic set of fangs.

Also, this team coasts. For days and weeks. Long stretches when they simply could not care less. Lazy passes, weak defense, a lack of hustle that would put Jerome James to shame. They know they don't have to care, and they don't. To the point where it's entirely possible they won't have the top seed in the West, depending on whether the team stays healthy. But they'll be there, and that's all they need.

The team relies on an absurd level of talent. While people scoff, cough and vomit towards the Triad in Miami, the Lakers employ two Hall-of-Famers, three quality starters (at least for the two weeks Fisher is awesome per year), a talented, if oft-injured, legitimate center in a league that doesn't feature many. Matt Barnes and Steve Blake, starters on other teams, are the seventh and eighth men on this one. It's a team loaded for any opportunity and its personnel fits its needs. Blake can spot up and run the offense (to the degree the Triangle needs running from the point). Barnes plays defense and will basically be a poor man's Odom. And the starting unit is so loaded, it doesn't matter.

Gasol may shoulder more of the load this year, and that's fine, since many considered him the best big in the league last year. That fadeaway touch jumper from the mid-block? You can't stop it. Usually, the only thing keeping Gasol from posting huge numbers is his comrade in arms taking jumpers.

And Kobe will shoot. That's who he is and his ego won't let him do anything else. He'll fire until there are no more bullets left. Then he'll throw the gun. No other player so often garners condemnation for his shot selection, then completely backs it up by nailing the game winner. He'll put his team in a position to lose by firing off-balance J after off-balance J, then hit the running game winner and come off smelling like roses. He played horribly in Game 7 of the Finals and still came off the hero. Because for all the misses, he's still the guy you want shooting and still the guy that can drop 50 if things go his way.

Fisher is a massive liability at both ends of the floor ... until he's not. Bynum is a half-player that cannot be relied on to make the tough play ... until he does. And no player better symbolizes the kind of transformation wearing the yellow and purple can have on you more than Ron Artest. From Crazy Pills to mental health spokesman, gunner without a conscience to brilliant complementary player, from loose cannon to lovable winner. This is what L.A. can do for you, what Staples Center and Lawrence Tanter can do for you, what the gold of a championship team can do for you.

And it will do it again.

Get excited about Miami's superstar power. Get riled up about Boston's defense, or the seemingly endless wave of up-and-comers. But know this.

Tomorrow night, the reigning champions will receive their rings, the second of three they intend to get. They have the pieces, they have the board, they have the plan, they have the manifesto, they have the leaders.

Now all they need is the game.

Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:57 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:54 pm

Shootaround 10.19.10: Magic's Godfather offer

Posted by Ben Golliver
Posted on: October 12, 2010 4:38 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 4:44 pm

So that's how Andrew Bynum keeps hurting his knee

Posted by Royce Young

In a video posted on the car website Jalopnik , Andrew Bynum shows off his favorite car, a BMW M6. It's a car that goes up to 200 miles per hour, has custom wheels, a G-power twin-turbo setup (no idea what that means) that's good for 820 horsepower. So it's a nice car.

But it's also small. In fact, very small for a 7-foot, 275-pound man like Bynum. And in order to even get in the car, Bynum has to use a little trick. (It's at the 5-minute mark if you want to fastforward.)

You can see how Bynum has to grab his foot and crank his right leg awkwardly to get in the tiny car. And of course the one he's grabbing is the one he has tape all over because he had offseason surgery on it. If you recall, Bynum said he probably won't be ready until December because his knee isn't healing as fast as was expected. AND THIS MUST BE WHY.

(Now I'm not actually serious about this being a reason Bynum's knee is hurt. I feel the need to add this in, just in case.)

But like most professional athletes with lots of money, Bynum likes his toys. This BMW is just one of a couple cars he has including a Challenger in purple and gold, a Bumblebee Camaro, a custom F-150 a modified Nissan GT-R. I assume those cars fit a large human slightly better than this car.
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