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#1 Tobias Fünke

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 04:59 PM

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum proclaimed himself completely healthy Friday, saying he expects to be better than ever when training camp begins Sept. 30.

"I'm doing well, man," the 7-footer said during a news conference at the Lakers' practice facility. "The knee's good. Everything's ready to go, 100 percent. I've been training, getting stronger."

The 20-year-old Bynum was expected to be sidelined 8 to 12 weeks after bruising a bone in his knee and briefly dislocating of his kneecap in the third quarter of a 100-99 victory over Memphis last Jan. 13. Instead, he was sidelined for the rest of the season, and underwent arthroscopic surgery May 21 to remove some cartilage debris and smooth some rough spots on the underside of his kneecap.

He was in the midst of a breakout season when injured, averaging 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds.

Bynum recently returned to Southern California after spending a month working out with his personal trainer, Sean Zarzana, and former NBA standout Gerald Wilkins in Atlanta.

Bynum, the 10th overall selection in the 2005 NBA draft, credited the rapid improvement he made last season to the hiring Zarzana in the wake of withering criticism from teammate Kobe Bryant after the Lakers' first-round playoff ouster in 2007.

"Actually, I'm better," Bynum said when asked to compared his fitness to last summer. "My times on the track are better and I'm able to lift more weights. I'm stronger. I weigh about the same, I'm 285 [pounds] with less body fat."

Bynum said he looked forward to working with Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar again this season. Abdul-Jabbar, the leading scorer in NBA history, has served as a mentor to Bynum, who jumped from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J., to the pro ranks.

"I can't wait, man," Bynum said. "I think I'm the only guy who wants the season to start, like, tomorrow, you know what I mean? But I just can't wait to play with the fellows."

Bynum is eligible for a contract extension that could pay him up to $80 million for five seasons, but said he's not thinking about anything but a successful return to the Lakers' lineup.

"If I handle my business on the court, the business off the court will be handled," he said.

Bynum also said he's looking forward to teaming with Pau Gasol, who will move from center to power forward this season.


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#2 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 05:03 PM

He's definitely going to get over $80M with bonuses in his contract. The Lakers won't give him a contract extension until they can see he's still a beast like he was before he got injured.

He should get a contract extension after training camp.

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 05:17 PM

"If I handle my business on the court, the business off the court will be handled," he said.

If only all NBA players had that attitude. Its nice to hear someone working for their money rather than thinking they're entitled to it by simply being on the court.

I cannot wait for the season to start!!!!

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 05:25 PM

"If I handle my business on the court, the business off the court will be handled," he said.

If only all NBA players had that attitude. Its nice to hear someone working for their money rather than thinking they're entitled to it by simply being on the court.

I cannot wait for the season to start!!!!

He still wants all that money though lol.

I too can't wait for the season. This feels like the longest offseason of all time.

#5 Vaporize

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 05:35 PM

Lock him up!

Bynum is eligible for a contract extension that could pay him up to $80 million for five seasons, but said he's not thinking about anything but a successful return to the Lakers' lineup.

Not think about it.. but he knows whats coming

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Posted September 05, 2008 - 06:03 PM

Of course he says he's not thinking about it. It's the PC thing to do. He and his agent are playing good cop (Bynum) bad cop (Agent), where Bynum says the right things, while his agent tells the dirty truth.

In the end of the day, basketball is just a game, while money is real.
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Posted September 05, 2008 - 06:07 PM

Good news.

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 06:03 AM

Bynum will get the contract when he proves he is worth it. He'll blow everyone's lights out next season and get the contract. Mitch has learned his lesson about giving players contracts before they deserve it. I'm not saying that Bynum is another Luke, but there is a principle involved. You have to deserve the money before you get it.
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Posted September 06, 2008 - 08:10 AM

MAKE IT 7 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 08:36 AM

^
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#11 Jaime Quintanilla

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 08:40 AM

Listening to the Canons yesterday and reading this article just gets me more pumped up for the season. I can't freakin' wait.

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 12:43 PM

They should give him that contract if he lives up to the hype this year. $16m isn't that bad and if you need cap space you can always let go of Odom or sign Odom for less when he's a free agent in a couple of years.

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#13 Michaelyumm

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 12:52 PM

1 more month guys 1 more month

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 01:32 PM

Bynum will get the contract when he proves he is worth it. He'll blow everyone's lights out next season and get the contract. Mitch has learned his lesson about giving players contracts before they deserve it. I'm not saying that Bynum is another Luke, but there is a principle involved. You have to deserve the money before you get it.

He'll get that money even if his plateu was his peak at last season where he was putting up 15/11/2.5. Big men in the NBA who play defense, rebound, and score are automatic max extensions.
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Posted September 06, 2008 - 08:38 PM

Bynum's extension depends on him being healthy. We know he can play. That won't change unless his wheels are shot.


Too bad. If Bynum would have stuck with logic (getting a thorough exam and scope) early on, his contract extension would be done, not pending. So it's his fault, not the Lakers.

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 08:56 PM

Either way, we'll be winning that championship. So let's get that contract as soon as possible. ;)

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 09:31 PM

Great news to hear!

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Posted September 06, 2008 - 10:04 PM

Yeah finally some good news for the Lakers. They are going to be beastly next season. And if he plays even better than last year he definitely deserves that big extension.

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