Interesting article from ESPN on Andrew Bynum.

ESPN: Momentum. It’s something everyone likes to talk about: “They have the momentum now,” media types and fans often proclaim. And it’s certainly something the Los Angeles Lakers would like to think they have as they head to Houston for Game 6 on Thursday.

But Lakers co-captain Derek Fisher, a veteran of 163 playoff games and three championship teams, says game-to-game momentum doesn’t exist, just as the Lakers’ 118-78 blowout of the Rockets in Game 5 wasn’t the “statement game” all of Los Angeles had been waiting for.

“Every game is different,” Fisher said. “To say we recaptured the magic [in Game 5] means Thursday we’ll play the same way. That’s just not how this works. Thursday, we might shoot 39 percent, and you just got to play defense and rebound and hustle and take charges and figure out a way to win the game. It’s going to be different than it was [Tuesday].”

And that could include the play of their on-again, off-again man in the middle, Andrew Bynum, who started in place of the ailing Lamar Odom in Game 5 and came up with more points than fouls in the first few minutes of the game, unlike in the first few games of the series.

“I got into a little rhythm,” he said after a 90-minute practice Wednesday before boarding a flight to Houston.

Bynum, who finished with 16 points in 20 minutes of play, has been called everything from soft to lazy to, perhaps worst of all, nonchalant. He has been crucified for admitting that most of his problems have been mental, rather than physical, in returning after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. And he’s a key part of a Lakers mystery: Since his absence seemed to be a key reason L.A. lost to Boston in the NBA Finals last June, why hasn’t his return helped the team this season?

“You’ve got to remember he’s a 21-year-old kid coming off sitting out 32 games with injury,” Fisher said.

Continue reading ‘Bynum: Riddle in the middle’

  • xfellerx

    booger.

  • manupbeeattches

    Waste of good money!

  • barry

    shaq shoulda folded him in half and mailed him home when he had the chance.

  • Eidraq

    worthless

  • WAKE DEF HUCK UP LAKERS

    TOP 10 REASONS TO BE WORRIED:

    10: FISHER LOOKS AS SLOW AND AS OLD AS HE DID WHEN HE TOOK THE MORMONS MONEY

    9: WILL JOEY CRAWFORD, VIOLET PALMER OR STEVE JAVEY BE WORKING SUNDAYS GAME?

    8: SASHA VUJACIC IS A RETARD WITH A.D.D. AND IS PRONE TO SEIZURES AND SPASMS

    7: KOBE IS AS LIKELY TO SHOOT US OUT OF A GAME AS HE IS TO SHOOT US INTO A WIN

    6: MBENGA IS THE LAKERS TOUGHEST MOST AGGRESSIVE CENTER BUT HE HAS MORE SPLINTERS IN HIS A.S.S. THEN SASHA DOES

    5: PAU REALLY EARNS THE NAME GASOFT

    4: DONAGHY LIVES

    3: ALTHOUGH SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE HATING ON BYNUM FOR HIS PLAYBOY MANSION EXCURSION I WASNT, MAYBE ITS THE FACT THAT I HAVE BEEN TO 11 PLAYBOY MANSION PARTIES MYSELF OR THE FACT THAT SEEING HOW ANDREW BYNUM PLAYS LIKE A VIRGIN AND CANT MAN UP IN THE PLAYOFFS DO YOU REALLY THINK HE MANNED UP AND GOT SOME AT THE MANSION (NOTE: HAVING A BUNNY ON YOUR SHOULDERS IN FRONT OF A SPONSORS PHOTOGRAPHY BOARD DOES NOT COUNT AS GETTING SOME)

    2: KOBE HAS NEVER WON A CHAMPIONSHIP DURING THE ZONE DEFENSE ERA AND WE SAW HOW “GREAT” MICHAEL JORDAN WAS IN WASHINGTON UNDER ZONE DEFENSE RULES (KIND OF DEMINISHES THOSE 9 RINGS DOESNT IT PHIL BY TODAYS STANDARDS)

    1: PHIL JACKSON HAS NEVER WON A CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE ZONE DEFENSE ERA (SEE ABOVE)