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#1 BeeZee

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Posted April 15, 2009 - 03:47 PM

Speaking of Andrew Bynum ...

Bynum is starting at center again after missing 32 games with a torn ligament in his right knee, bringing his own set of debate points: whether the Lakers can dare count on him, whether he will hold them back even if he does make it to the end, whether altering the starting lineup in the final full week of the regular season on behalf of a complementary player is ever a good idea. Small issues like that.

On the other hand, Bynum can be a difference-maker unlike most any other 21-year-old. He is a complementary player only because Bryant and Pau Gasol are present, a 7-footer who has made massive strides as payback to general manager Mitch Kupchak for picking him 10th in 2005 and then sticking with Bynum even as Bryant lobbied for the Lakers to "ship out" the prospect two years ago. Now, put the entire league in a draft pool and Dwight Howard is the only center younger than 25 who goes ahead of Bynum.

He is a prodigy and an undisputed centerpiece of the long-term plan in Los Angeles. In the moment, though, Bynum is the question mark who missed the final 46 games of the 2007-08 regular season and the entire playoffs with an injured left knee and just missed about 40 percent of this season with the injured right knee.

"There's no doubt about the fact that you add another factor that's as big as that, it's going to change the complexion," Jackson said. "Just the function of units, how they function together. It could be either great, it could be average, or it could be just a little deterrent."

The early results have been very encouraging: 16 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes Thursday against the Nuggets and 13 and six in 31 minutes the next night at Portland, signaling the Lakers' belief that his conditioning is far along despite the prolonged absence. Then came the 18 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes Sunday against Memphis. In an important statement supported by the heavy minutes in a back-to-back so early in the return to action, the Lakers don't envision the opening games of the playoffs as a Bynum training run.


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Posted April 15, 2009 - 03:55 PM

if we get past round 1 and round 2 bynum will be rollin by the WCF

he is fresh and rested to which is great

lets win 12 in a row to get some serious rest
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Posted April 15, 2009 - 04:52 PM

Bynum is going to peak during the finales, and be in full health. He'll be going up against an old beat up Zydrunas, as well as a midget in Ben Wallace. He'll easily put up 30 a game, and win Finales MVP.
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Posted April 15, 2009 - 04:54 PM

Bynum is going to peak during the finales, and be in full health. He'll be going up against an old beat up Zydrunas, as well as a midget in Ben Wallace. He'll easily put up 30 a game, and win Finales MVP.

Hope you arent serious about the 30 PPG?

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Posted April 15, 2009 - 04:56 PM

Hope you arent serious about the 30 PPG?


Phil is going to attack their frontline weakness. Bynum is already averaging 17 per in 25 minutes per, and shooting at 57%.

We know LeBron will be guarding Kobe, and with LeBron dedicated to defense, Phil isn't going to be having Kobe shoot most the shots, when Bynum will be down there with inferior players guarding him. There won't be too much help defense, for the powerforward (wallace or Varejao) will be busy staying with Gasol. I expect a full destruction of the Cavs in 5 games or less.
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Posted April 15, 2009 - 04:57 PM

You must have forgotten about Gasol, and if their frontline is so weak how would Varajao shut him down? Bynum wont get enough touches to score that much, and he will only be playing about 30 mpg...

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Posted April 15, 2009 - 06:20 PM

i will be happy if he avg 30ppg but it wont happen and Finals MVP will go to Kobe and can you stop hating on Kobe Bryant because ever where you post all you say is Bynum Finals MVP and Kobe this, Kobe that blah blah.
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Posted April 16, 2009 - 11:15 AM

Its also a proving ground for kobe. His last memories are bricking the finals and having humorous quotes after the losses. Thankfully he knows this.
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Posted April 16, 2009 - 11:51 AM

Bynum came back in a great time, which is finally a blessing from the basketball gods. I really like the way he's been aggressive and to see him look comfortable. Having Utah in the first round isn't bad as well. But at the same time they're still a tough team to beat.
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Posted April 16, 2009 - 02:17 PM

why i think utah is good for 1st round fodder is that utah is a tough place to play. it gets us rolling with a scrappy team from jump street
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