Yes, maybe, but he didn't say that Howard worried him, just Bynum. He's the only center that he is concerned about. That's not just because Bynum is in the East either, he said that when Bynum was still in the West and Howard was still in the East. That's a pretty big complement for Bynum. Doc is saying he thinks Drew is the best center..
Doc is worried about Bynum for a number of reasons. Not just his post moves, but the fact he can hit a mid range jumper and can hit free throws and thus can be given the ball late in the game. So he worries him more than Howard does probably in terms of ways he can be an offensive threat. With Howard he's gonna get you on the inside at times but doesn't have as many post moves or a mid range shot, or free throw skills that outmatch Bynum. What Howard has is freaky athleticism and commitment to defense, and a want to always finish at the basket with a dunk if possible, so he is more the force and consistent rebounder, but you can't give him the ball late or he's gonna get fouled and go to the free throw line and you take your chances there. So in Doc's mind, Bynum is gonna hurt them late whereas Howard won't(theoretically, because technically what Dwight does in the first 3 quarters would likely put the game out of reach anyway).
But I think Doc fears Bynum more in those situations because of this year, let's not forget it WAS Bynum that sealed the deal on the Celtics last year with his last second hook shot. I mean you give the ball to Bynum, he's in the post, you can't foul him, he'll make the free throws, you can't leave him, he'll score on the defender, so you're gonna have to send the double, but if Bynum makes a move before the double gets there(like he did against the Celtics) then they have no chance.
So it's very easy to see why Bynum worries him more than Dwight does from that perspective. Potential and youth probably has him worried too, when it comes to Howard what you see is what you get, he's well scouted and has given you the same for the last few years while adding some post moves and is always impressive with not much else to learn. With Bynum it's pretty much if he learns to pass out of double teams, and stays consistent on defense, he's more than likely the most complete center in the league and one of the most dangerous. Buddy Baer said "The scariest thing in boxing is standing across the ring form Joe Louis and knowing he wants to go home early." In Doc's case its "the scariest thing in basketball, is facing a team with Andrew Bynum and noticing he's focused." oh and "that Kobe Bryant is pissed"
I'm sure in the back of his mind, Doc hopes that Andrew has one of those "off nights" but if playing in Philly and for Coach Collins matures him like I think it will, he'll see it less and less.
This is why I'm excited for the rivalry Bynum and Dwight will share, and i'm 100% sure whenever Philly plays the Lakers, we'll get the dialed in Bynum. See, we always would complain about how Bynum wasn't dialed in enough, you can bet your bottom dollar he'll be dialed in every time he faces us, so enjoy
I'm just glad we have Dwight right now and it will be great watching them go at it
I think centers are about to make a comeback in the coming years.
Edited by Majesty, August 20, 2012 - 12:38 AM.