Just a correction, for the Bynumites...
Andrew SHOWED signs. Past tense. So far, since his surgery, Bynum hasn't shown us jack. And yet, you want to throw Buss's wallet at him... because Bogut got so much money.
Fact of the matter is, the Lakers can and should wait. Anything any other team throws at him, the Lakers can match and exceed. So there isn't any need to appease the cry-baby at this point.
Nut up and prove yourself, Andrew. Until then... shut the Hell up.
Sorry but you're missing the point I'm trying to make.
Bynum has talent. He's shown that he can play at a high level in the league. He's ALWAYS shown flashes. Now, we know that even if he only duplicates what he did at the start of last season (which is apparent by his start in the preseason), he will be getting paid AT market value if we max him out.
And I'm not joking.
What he did last season easily rivaled anything that the other "best BIG man" in the league did...and on both ends of the court. There is no reason to believe that we (as the LAKERS) should expect him to have to perform BETTER than EVERY OTHER BIG to warrant MARKET VALUE for BIGS. He's at max level now, even though he's not NEARLY at his MAX potential.
I agree that Bynum should continue to get better. That's common sense.
Where I completely disagree is that he has more to prove to warrant getting maxed out. Look around at what similar players are getting paid and why teams are willing to pay them. It's the market. Just the nature of the beast.
And if LAL thinks they should be playing HARD BALL? They are STUPID...and I don't use that word lightly. ANY team...let me repeat that for EMPHASIS...ANY TEAM
will max Bynum out as soon as he becomes available. Take that chance and your hopes of a future franchise player drops back on the shoulders of Farmar and Sasha...
Pay the guy. Offer incentives or bonuses for playing a full season or 15/10/3 seasons...whatever....that could keep him motivated. But at the end of the day, pay the guy.
Edited by GCMD, October 21, 2008 - 10:44 PM.