Fisher likes the development he sees in Andrew Bynum!
TheSun: If we are to believe Derek Fisher, Lakers center Andrew Bynum is only now scratching the surface of what he can become.
Fisher sees a more mature Bynum, in this his fifth year, a more patient Bynum – and a better Bynum.
After Thursday night’s 24-point, eight-rebound effort in a 98-92 exhibition win over the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas, Bynum is averaging more than 22 points per game on nearly 60 percent shooting in the preseason.
But Bynum hasn’t reached his potential?
“I don’t think so,” Fisher said. “I don’t think that, because of injuries and just his growth in this league, we’ve seen him reach his full potential.
“One thing that is apparent is that when he is healthy, he’s willing to do the work that’s necessary to be as good as he can be. When the work ethic is there, the timing, the training, they have a much better chance of making it to that full level.”
At the tail end of Friday’s practice, as other Lakers were working on their shooting, Bynum brought it back to basics.
Bynum toiled on footwork drills and entry passes, focusing more on the intricacies of the game that he lacks, rather than sharpening the many tools he already possesses.
“Fundamentally he’s as sound as they come; he can shoot the basketball, he can see the floor, he can pass,” Fisher said. “The little things that have to come for Andrew will come from just playing.
“Be there, night in and night outand as he continues to do what he’s doing, he’ll see double teams and where to pass the ball and how to react. Those only come from being in game situations.”