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The Loss of Bynum May Ulitmately Be The Los Angeles Lakers' Gain


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Posted February 08, 2009 - 11:07 AM

The Loss of Bynum May Ulitmately Be The Los Angeles Lakers' Gain

Andrew Bynum was experiencing the best five game stretch of his career before he went down with a knee injury on January 31.

Every Lakers fan was devastated when they heard the news that Bynum would be out a minimum of eight weeks, and possibly out for the season. Granted the loss of Bynum has a significant meaning, not only to the Lakers, but the rest of the NBA.

Without Bynum patrolling the paint, the Lakers may appear weak and soft. And that's why I see this injury to have good hidden within it for the Lakers.

After last years' NBA Finals when the Lakers were slapped around on the inside, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol were viewed as soft and unable to handle a tough interior presence.
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The biggest disappointment may have been Lamar Odom. He looked as though he was disinterested in a few of the games and could care less if he played defense or not.

This year hasn't been much different for Odom. The confidence that Lakers and Odom himself need, wasn't there. Odom didn't take well to coming off the bench this season, but accepted it.

The bench didn't do much for Odom's confidence.

With Bynum's injury, Odom will be inserted back into the starting lineup. In the three games since Bynum went down, Odom has averaged 13 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game., and 1.7 blocks per game. All of those numbers are improved compared to his season stats of 9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg, and 1.1 bpg.

The confindence and aggresiveness that Odom has showed since he was named a starter again, is hard to ignore. With Bynum out, the Lakers desperately need Odom to step up and play with swagger.

It looks like Odom is up to the challenge.

If Bynum does return in time for the playoffs, the Lakers will be a deadly team. If they can bring in a refreshed, confident Odom off the bench, the Lakers may be unstoppable.


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I tend to disagree with the author, but he is still backing up Odom. I agree he is playing better, but he is now in a position he is comfortable with.

I will post my entire response to him later.

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 11:47 AM

odom's probably has always been consistency...he always has stretches of awesome play, but lets see him sustain it

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 11:50 AM

fail...badly.

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 11:57 AM

fail...badly.

more of a fail is

Will Lamar Odom be able to make up for the loss of Bynum?
Yes: 62.3%
No: 37.7%
Total votes: 53

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 12:26 PM

more of a fail is

Will Lamar Odom be able to make up for the loss of Bynum?
Yes: 62.3%
No: 37.7%
Total votes: 53



Wow...just, wow.

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 01:38 PM

Wow...just, wow.

Please elaborate, Doc. Perhaps you are taking the statement too literally.

Edited by Ken #1 Beloved, February 08, 2009 - 01:39 PM.


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Posted February 08, 2009 - 02:05 PM

why fail?

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 02:19 PM

If you have to ask doc why he thinks an article supportive of Odom is a fail, then you don't know him very well. Not the biggest Odom fan out there to say the least.

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 02:46 PM

Well I agree that Odom is playing better, but he isn't replacing Bynum.

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 04:02 PM

How about after today? We are like 66.7% from establishing confidence with Pau and Lamar...just waiting for AB to come back, and if all 3 assert themselves...




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Posted February 08, 2009 - 04:51 PM

what failed miserably is the Laker fans who declared LA dead for the season when Bynum went down. The Lakers fans should have more faith in the others than just one player. LA lost to Orlando twice with Bynum so give them some credit now. I hope Drew gets back for the playoffs, but LA will win it either way. Boston is mssing Posey and PJ Brown

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 05:12 PM

people dont understand that Boston is in a weakened state due to the Brown/ Posey departures. Like i said the front court battle last year was KG,Perkins,Pierce,Posey,Brown,Powe with assistance from Big Baby vs. Gasol,LO,Vlad rad with assistance from Kobe, and Turiaf.
This year its KG, Perkins,Pierce,Powe, Big Baby with assistance from Tony Allen vs. Gasol, LO,LUKE,Powell, Ariza, with assistance from Kobe and Chris Mihm. thats a more even battle, and if we gain back Bynum's services then we are the favorites to win.
But wete we are the favorites or not, the team as to stay healthy and hungry and if so this is their year
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers

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Posted February 08, 2009 - 05:38 PM

Well I agree that Odom is playing better, but he isn't replacing Bynum.

I agree to that

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