Bynum’s starting spot isn’t set in stone

In my honest opinion, Bynum has more potential in his pinky finger then Kwame will ever have. Sound-off in the comments and tell us what you think!

L.A. Times: Andrew Bynum is playing well enough to nail down a starting spot, but will that be the case when Kwame Brown comes back?

Bynum has averaged 14.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and three blocked shots during the last six games, a pretty good run, although Coach Phil Jackson wasnoncommittal, then tilted toward Brown, then was noncommittal again when asked who would start when both centers were healthy.

“I have no comment on that because I haven’t really seen Kwame play,” Jackson said. “I would imagine Kwame would go back to being a starter. I’m not going to make a comment on that yet.”

Brown has missed 16 games because of a sprained left knee and ankle, although he could return next week.

He is not with the team for a four-game trip that ends Sunday in New York. He is averaging 4.3 points and five rebounds this season.

Bynum had 17 points and 11 rebounds in 42 minutes in the Lakers’ 94-90 loss Thursday to Cleveland.

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  • ab4sure

    Kwame has No potential, but he should Start. He is a good low post defender. Bynum can’t play 40 min. a game like he has been doing. Plus having Bynum gives us some pop off the bench which we could have used last nite. BTW the poll question should have cut out the word “potential”. If you cut that word out most would answer yes for Kwame starting I believe.

  • LakersFirst

    Everybody knows Bynum is a better player and has WAY more potential than Kwame (there is no need to question this). However, Bynum did provide and does add more explosiveness to our bench (Imagine the other team’s center, they have to fight it out with Kwame, who is a good defender, and then Big Bad Bynum comes in ready to abuse you). Kwame isn’t very effective coming off the bench. He plays better as a starter, so Kwame might be the starter.

    Moving Bynum back to the bench would also be a good test for Bynum. Will he pout and fade away because he’s coming off the bench. Or, will he still be consistent and give us that double double. If Bynum is the real deal, he’ll play good both as a starter and as a bench player.

  • Shakobe22

    the lakers have been playing their best as of late…Kwame has not been playing as of late…hmmmm now i wonder why the lakers are playing good…

  • ek

    Yeah…Your so called future all-star missed two easy free throws in crunch time, those baskets could have tied the game last night. He basically CHOKED hard core! To me a real deal player is someone who doesn’t talk sh*t about Shaq not able to make free throws when he himself can’t make them when they really count. He should move back to the backup position because he got schooled by big Z & A. Varejao last night.

  • ab4sure

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    Other than the free throws he had a good game. Remember he is just 20 and he outplayed Z. His Line was 17/11/2 not bad don’t you think??? Believe me if the Cavs could ship Z & A for Bynum they would do it in a heartbeat and if you would trade Bynum for those two you would have choked hard core and would be fired as GM on the spot.

  • Flush Odumb

    Kwame is another piece of crapola that needs to be flushed at the end of the year.

  • ab4sure

    This word “potential” is not relevant to who starts are not. Besides back-ups can play more minutes than starters in a game. It can be said that Ariza has more potential than Walton or even farmar might have more potential than Fish so even though Bynum has much more potential than Kwame what may be best for the team is for Kwame to start and Bynum to come off the bench. By game’s end Bynum probably will still have played more minutes.

  • shortdiezel

    IS THIS A JOKE?

    BYNUM IS PUTTING UP RIDICULOUS NUMBERS.. AND DOING THE INTANGIBLES THAT DON’T SHOW UP IN THE STATS..

    YOU NEED TO REWARD PROGRESS AND HARD WORK.. IF HE TAKES BYNUM OUT OF THE STARTING LINE UP THAT IS LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE..

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

    :(

  • ab4sure

    The most important thing is not who starts the game but who finishes.

  • mplakers

    there is a youtube video of bynum arguing with phil about being taken out of a game from last season…this year i saw him shoot dirty looks or have words with phil at times when he is pulled from a game or benched for a long time.

    i think shortdiezel is right. bynum, being as young as he is, will take it as an insult and pout and may drop a little bit.

    right now he looks like the type that needs coddling. keep him as a starter to keep his confidence up. he can always return to the bench if he starts slacking…but then we’d have to put it another slacker…f-ing kwame…hahahaha

  • mplakers

    correction-”we’d have to put in” another slacker.

    “if it ain’t broke why fix it?” keep him as a starter