This is the first of two parts.

L.A. Times: The best of times were a memory and the worst of times had just begun in the spring of 2005 when the Lakers drafted 17-year-old Andrew Bynum out of high school in what seemed the maraschino cherry on the sundae of their dysfunction.

Dysfunction was a popular word around them after eight years of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, but those now seemed like the good old days.

O’Neal was gone. Jerry West was gone. Chick Hearn was gone.

Rudy Tomjanovich, hired to replace Phil Jackson, had come and gone, fleeing within months to be replaced by . . . Jackson, who had been gone but was back.

Owner Jerry Buss, who had let Jackson go and was obliged to rehire him, seemed out of touch, musing that his 34-48 team could be in the Western Conference finals in “a couple of years.”

In fact, Buss was more detached than ever, involving his son Jim in decisions, which, as far as Lakers fans were concerned, was like Jed Clampett turning the Beverly Hillbillies over to nephew Jethro.

The real heat was on General Manager Mitch Kupchak, whose challenge — build a dynasty from the ashes of the old one — was the NBA equivalent of “Mission: Impossible.”

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  • slyry

    first…

    BOO YEAH!!!

  • Ko8e_f@n

    ^dumb@ss post. :|

    Anyway, nice article :) The Lakers were really lucky to have drafted Bynum (even though it seemed like a real risky move at that time)

  • sammie

    Bynum was born to be a Laker, it was just meant to be. He is our next future Shaq

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Mamba2410

    He isn’t our future Shaq, he’s our future Bynum! :p

  • rjpnoi408

    watch out garnett cu’z you’ll be gettin an in your face dunk christmas gift from the “BYNUSAUR”!

  • kobean

    how tall is shaq and how tall is drew

  • http://www.jamieinsider.com Jamie Spears Insider

    I’ll be honest. I wasn’t happy when they originally selected Bynum. I was going for Sean May. Boy I was wrong O_O. May turned out to be a disaster.

    http://jamieinsider.celebuzz.com

  • Lakers24-7-365

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    lol bynasaur. cool name

  • http://www.myspace.com/fabezee fabz24lakers

    good article…can’t wait for part 2… :-)

  • Michael_23

    I think Andrew developed into the player he is today because:

    1. Management of Mitch Kupchak and owners Jerry and Jim
    2. Kareem’s assistant coaching to Bynum’s growth
    3. Kobe Braynt’s determination (…and youTube video)

    I think all these 3 are priceless and he was in another team, I can guarantee you he would be making a max contract this year.

    He also hired a trainer but that can costs money. But all these put together create Bynamite and there is a slim possibility that I believe he can be better than Shaq. The only thing he’s not developed for yet is to create his own shot. We’re seen few of those last season. (Remember when Kwame tried to create his own shot, we were so nervous) He’s points come from putbacks and lob alley-opp passes. I think we only barely scratched the surface of what Bynum can do. I look forward to this season. Hopefully Bynum and Pau wont be argueing about ball touches in the low-post. Phil Jackson has already pointed out that Bynum’s plays will come from defensive end and lob passes and putbacks.

  • Michael_23

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    Opps I meant to say he would NOT be making a max contract this year if he was being coached by another team. (Bring back the edit feature!)

  • slyry

    twelfth..

    BOO YEAH!

  • joseph

    overrated and over hype….

    Only 20 good games being 3yrs in the league… he should give kobe some thanks for firing some fire under his Azz..

  • DCLAKER

    I kinda glad now that Joseph is on here talkin’ trash ’cause I’ve noticed one thing about’em….every time there’s a thread on Bynum,he ALWAYS has something negative to saY.WHY? Because he sees THE BEGINNING OF THE END for LOST-ON…it’s OVER..the finale..DONE..SCREWED..WASHED UP,STICK A FORK IN’EM..NO CHANCE IN HELl,you get the picture.

    LAKEZILLA.com,Joseph…c’ya CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!

  • xtro

    watch bynum dunk on kg on x-mas day!