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#1 MDI

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:15 PM

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Some may say it is too early to start picking on Andrew Bynum. I say, tell that to the Lakers’ opponents.

It doesn’t matter whether they are big or small. It seems like guards and forwards alike are all picking on the young Lakers’ center.

The other night, little Nate Robinson of the Knicks snuck around behind the giant Bynum for an easy layup. On Friday night, the Magic’s Dwight Howard pushed Bynum around like shopping cart at a Wal-Mart clearance sale.

And what did Bynum do about it? He climbed all over Howard’s back like a kid asking for a piggyback ride and then grinned from ear-to-ear when the referee blew the whistle.

But then why shouldn’t he grin? Or, for that matter, laugh out loud? He’s 21-years-old and has $54.7 million in the bank, thanks to the poor business management of general manager, Mitch Kupchak.


Edited by Real Deal, December 22, 2008 - 12:20 PM.
Don't post the full article, bro.

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#2 L.A.K.E.R

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:19 PM

Bynum NEEDS to step it up, he's been playing like crap the last few games. Where is that shot-blocking/changing defense we saw at the beginning of the season? We need that.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:19 PM

It's still early in the season but he still hasn't shown a go -to move on offense yet and is playing very soft in the post.
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:22 PM

Phil needs to have a private meeting with fatass like he did with Jordan...Jordan played very well the next game.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:33 PM

Bynum needs to assert himself more aggressively when he's posting up. No more of those little hook shots or awkward layups, just dunk it in more!

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:34 PM

Once he got that contract extension, he's been playing like crap.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:36 PM

He's 12&8 right now including those recent horrid games,
he'll pick it up.


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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:37 PM

I'm fine if he struggles offensively since he is coming off a long layoff and its not easy to find your comfort zone with another 7 footer who also likes to work on the block. But I'm really disappointed with this defense. He turns his head sooo many times and little guards penetrate inside at will. He's also getting pushed around and that's not a good sign...Kendrick Perkins will eat him up alive and chew him out on Christmas

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:38 PM

I think I could really care less about his offensive production, it's his defense that we need. He resorts to picking up fouls rather than playing the defense he played last season, and a bit of early this season.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 01:21 PM

I'm not giving up on this Dude!!!!!!
Did that before back in the day when I wanted Jermaine O'Neal.
What a Nightmare that would of been!!!!
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Bynum the Beast will return!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We will add another BANNER!!!!
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 01:26 PM

its not a coincidence that we lost our swagger when drew's play dropped off....i have faith in the kid...
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 02:54 PM

Poor business management?

Gimme a break. Every single GM in the league would be as glad as the Lakers are to wrap Andrew up with the contract he has.

Jeez man 5 losses and the wolves come out with their forced "told ya so" grins on.

Nothing ever changes.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 04:53 PM

Bynum has been blowing the last two weeks. The Lakers don't need him to score 15-20 pts...leave that to gasol. Andrew just needs to foucs on our defense and quit abandoning his position in the post

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 04:55 PM

Naw, he is still better than the likes of Andrew Bogut and Darko (oh boy)...
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Posted December 22, 2008 - 04:59 PM

Way too early, and he hasn't shown any signs of a dud. He has progressed every year, and has worked hard in getting back from an injury. The future is bright for Drew and the Lakers

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 05:14 PM

Drew's the glue
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 05:23 PM

Give him some time. He is still young and he is coming off a season ending injury. And remember, he is playin with the lakers so a lot of his opportunities are takin.

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 05:27 PM

people see his paycheck and ask these questions
Again - this team, as currently constructed won't make it out of the second round of the playoffs, let alone the West or win the Finals.---fido on 2011 Lakers

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 06:30 PM

Once he got that contract extension, he's been playing like crap.


Well, if that's the case, then he has mastered the "NBA Game" as it is played by 99% of its members.

Setting aside sarcasm and (slight) hyperbole, I have been wondering about Bynum's attitude in practice, and whether or not he continues to get one-on-one instruction from Kareem - and if Kareem still feels the kid's attitude is excellent.

Something is going on, and I don't like it.

As for my initial comment - the league can thank its collective bargaining agreement, and the "guaranteed contracts" feature of it. No one making that much money should have it all (or even mostly) guaranteed, with NO chance of termination, regardless of their effort and performance.


They must think they are financial services executives, or something!

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Posted December 22, 2008 - 07:16 PM

Bynum is the least of our worries.

They can't use him differently and expect the same results. That's just not how it works.

Spponfeed him again and you can make a comparison with his old production.




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