A day after having his fitness questioned by coach, the 20-year-old center equals his career high with 20 points in win over Warriors.
L.A. Times: Andrew Bynum had already ditched the stomach flu. He hoped to leave behind a few nondescript games as well.
All he did Sunday was match his career high with 20 points in the Lakers’ 123-113 victory over Golden State.
It was safe to say he was feeling better, mentally and physically, after a herky-jerky sequence in which he averaged 6.7 points over a three-game span, sat out another game because he was ill and, on top of it, heard from Coach Phil Jackson, who on Saturday criticized the 20-year-old center’s fitness.
“I just had to give him a little bit of a jolt the other day because he wasn’t at practice on time to work with Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar]when he’s supposed to work with Kareem,” Jackson said.
Jackson was otherwise complimentary Sunday while providing the latest in-depth analysis of Bynum’s on-court development.
“One of the things about Andrew is that he’s completing at the offense end,” Jackson said. “He’s dunking, and we want him to keep working on his shot so we have a target to go in to. He’s a good passer in there and he sees the court and he’s willing to pass the ball, but he’s also got to be willing to score out of that position.
“That’s a great penetration position. To work on his offensive moves is going to be really important for him to be a threat. He’s got a real good touch, he’s got nice hands. Those things should start to come together.”