agreed renegade, I would have never parted with bynum for d12 had he not been injury prone and a royal p.i.t.a. they traded one pain for another but bynum sat out all season. for that reason, i didnt dislike the trade(and the hope that d12's issues would die in orlando) but i hate them not trying to give d12 a sign and trade to get something back for him. There were considerations to make in that regard of a s n t but they were too worried about keeping him. even when it was obvious that he was the same( or worse) cancer he appeared to be in orlando.
They would likely have never won with him for so many reasons, salary being a huge factor. He is a cancerous diva that cant grasp the concept that there is no I in team. Its all about him until its time to say his TEAM shot terribly from the line when he is the sole reason for that. One would assume just from the looks he gives team mates that he cant accept any responsibility for anything. He is still making the same stupid fouls he made as a rookie,the only difference is he seems to get away with more as a rocket. Though that may just be against the lakers as that was a horrendous job on the part of the officials, way too many wtf calls in houstons favor.
like you said , age. Dwight is an incredible athlete but a horrible basketball player. what happens when he loses a step or two? why hasnt his game progressed much in ten years? potential only last so long, it goes from wow that kid has potential to remember him, that guy had potential.
he may not side with kobe's mentality but you can never fault kobe on his work ethic or drive. dwight obviously works to stay in shape but has done nothing with the opportunities provided to better his game and his work etic in game is wavering. What the hell did he ever take from training with hakeem years ago? where was his desire to learn from KAJ as a laker? We all know where that went and Kareems opinion on that matter lol. Dwight hasnt learned to listen to anybody and at this stage probably never will.
Sure , he would have been some nice trade bait for any morey esque gm that likes to overpay for overrated talent but anyone thinking the lakers would win it all down the road with him being the center of the team are fooling themselves. he can be a very useful player(salary aside) obviously if he accepts his role and drops the attitude/ learns team concept but he is a product of todays nba where some stars have to be manufactured and because of that he thinks hes better than he is. Imo, he isnt the only manufactured overrated superstar on that team. Harden can make plays but without the reffs, travelling, ect, he is a good player at best. with his lack of d and they way games were called, he would be a role player in the 80's-90's era. though not to the same extent, lin. I dont need to say much about him and the irony of his time in houston lol.
With that said, cant blame dwight for wanting out at this point in time considering his age but his decision will likely haunt him and fortunately not the lakers. He should have pushed to go to golden state imo, they actually defend the perimeter and curry is a legit star player. I'm going to enjoy the new dwight show, unfortunately I suspect we will be hearing about houston offering up asik in the near future.