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#1 LD2k

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Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:11 PM

We have issues to hammer out - mostly tightening up our defense, but Andrew Bynum is back and playing at that dominant, high level. This is what the league feared.

He needs to validate these two great games with a great one on Sunday and then we'll really start rolling over the league.

I am loving this right now.

All Hail King Bynum.

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Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:23 PM

Consistency is key.

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Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:24 PM

I want to agree with you LD2k, but not just yet.

He has played well against teams that have no dominant inside presence.

I think his confidence is building which is good, but lets see if he can keep it going the next few games.

But I do agree with you about this is what the league feared.

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Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:24 PM

Now the key is for Andrew to be this assertive against a team with a post presence and for the rest of the team to continue to look for him on the block. Before these last 2 games Andrew was averaging 9 shots a game. I suspect that will change real quick-like.

But yeah, its exciting to see Bynum get that rhythm back.

It also has a side benefit too, giving Pau some rest from leading the way down low every game.

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Posted January 22, 2009 - 10:29 PM

Check this out. In Drew's last 9 games:

- 20.4 ppg
- 61.2%

He is def. coming back. BUT, I also agree with you. He needs to do this consistently.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 12:07 AM

Yeap, just roll along Andrew! We will ride you into the finals! :D




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Posted January 23, 2009 - 12:47 AM

Consistency is key.


Exactly what I was going to say.

He also needs to tighten up his D a little.

If he can do those 2 things above, then all the hype about him early in the season will be fulfilled.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 12:49 AM

Yes, great Bynum. we need our center!!!!

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 01:50 AM

I hope he paces himself...if not, he's going to hit a wall in Feb/Mar...that's going to be the real test. If he puts together a solid performances in that stretch, I'll join you guys. Until then, his endurance, stamina and conditioning are still huge ???s.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 09:08 AM

Something still bugs me about Bynum just a little bit. And thats his positioning in the post. He sometimes struggles to get position and sometimes he gets it with ease. But he sometimes plays to close to the free throw line because he likes taking that jumpshot. Until he gets consistant with that shot, he needs to just go to work in the post, thats where he is doing damage the last few games.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 09:22 AM

According to Kobe, teams had been doubling off Pau when he went on his scoring streak. Now they are doubling off Bynum, so he's taking advantage. It's pick yer poison!

Edited by Mo Rings, January 23, 2009 - 09:23 AM.


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Posted January 23, 2009 - 09:35 AM

Not yet sold. Let's remember, most of these good games he's had he's gone against small front-courts.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 10:12 AM

Not yet sold. Let's remember, most of these good games he's had he's gone against small front-courts.

Lets trade him for Jason Kidd, lol.
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Posted January 23, 2009 - 10:58 AM

Not yet sold. Let's remember, most of these good games he's had he's gone against small front-courts.


his biggest games last season were against golden state and pheonix and indiana

but he played consistent after those games so its a confidence thing and hes gaining it right now
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Posted January 23, 2009 - 11:07 AM

Lets trade him for Jason Kidd, lol.

Let's not.

his biggest games last season were against golden state and pheonix and indiana

but he played consistent after those games so its a confidence thing and hes gaining it right now


Agreed. His confidence is definitely coming back and you can tell by the way he carries himself on the court. The tentativeness is gone.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 11:13 AM

Let's not.



Agreed. His confidence is definitely coming back and you can tell by the way he carries himself on the court. The tentativeness is gone.


and thats all we needed the confidence back

its like i was saying in the gametime thread i would rather bynum score 40 than kobe score 40 because kobe will never lose confidence while bynum was passive and obviously doubting himself.

bynum is a 21 year old who has shown all of us throughout his career he is one of if not the most mentally tough guys playing the center position

bynum did not get handed a franchise he had to play with the greatest player of this era, bynums been dunked on by certain 350 punders and came back and dunked back on him, hes been questioned in the media by his star player, and has come back from his high scholl injury and now looks to be coming back from his most recent one.

the guy is mentally tough, a hard worker, skilled physically and at the game of basketball.

its all about health and confidence and right now both are starting to come back for him
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Posted January 23, 2009 - 11:40 AM

I completely agree with you.

Confidence is everything. Bynum believing he is the best center in the league will make us unstoppable. Also, with Odom's emergence over the last 15 games and Farmar returning fairly soon... I feel bad for the league. We still can get so much better too.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 12:39 PM

I'd like to see Bynum pass out of the post more quickly.

If he can learn to take the entry pass, kick it out, and re-post quicker, he'll regularly find himself in better scoring position.

He has regained his touch around the rim, and from a few feet out, and for the first time in his career, he is showing consistent post-moves, other than catching lobs, dunking, and laying the ball off the backboard.

Let's hope and pray that he doesn't have another setback.

Ups and downs are one thing (and expected), but injuries present a whole different challenge.

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 12:41 PM

Another thing that helps Bynum, is Pau's willingness to catch and shoot from the elbow and the top of the key.

Earlier in the season, Pau was thinking too much when he caught the ball 15 feet out. Encouragement from Phil & Kobe, have led Pau to be more confident with his jumper.

If he can help create space in the middle for Bynum by being a consistent threat from 15 feet out - Pow!

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Posted January 23, 2009 - 12:55 PM

one thing noone is talking about but we have to realize is bynum is playing unbelievable right now

but so far this is by in large the most minutes andrew bynum has played in a single year in his NBA career

he is essentially a march rookie as a starter he has never started for a full season and is likely to wear down a little but hopefully we keep the minutes at a normal fluid rate and he doesn't wear out

but its something we cannot ignore
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