Jackson: Lakers better offensively without Bynum

Maybe our very own Andrew Rafner had it right. Sound-off!

Lakers Examiner: When the news came out last week that Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum wouldn’t be back until the playoffs, there was a collective disappointed sigh in LaLa Land.

Well, maybe there was one person who wasn’t so disappointed. Take a look at Phil Jackson’s comments about the Lakers’ play without Bynum…

We’re more fluid as an offensive team without Andrew. Obviously, with two seven-footers, you don’t run as well, you don’t have as quick a fastbreak or as consistent a flow game, which the NBA is really suited for.

It gives us an opportunity to play Lamar Odom considerable minutes. He’s a terrific player, gives us a whole different cast of how we play. That releases Kobe [Bryant] to play a forward position, a striker position, and he’s much more aggressive at that spot.

Well when you put it that way, Phil!

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  • Geloman

    So is Phil saying maybe we should trade Drew? So what happens when Kobe is ready to hang up his Nike Zooms, Odom is well inconsistent and older and Pau is older as well?

  • Eidraq

    rafner’s not a stupid guy at all…i think ppl take his poetic personality and portray him to be someone stupid in relation to bball…hit it nail on rafner

  • Lakers 24 7

    We’re better offensively without Drew, but we are better defensively with Drew.

  • Juilliards Laker Man

    Defense is what we need..look at how great our offense was last year.we killed everyone in the playoffs, but when we met a real team who was playing real ball we got exposed bc offense isn’t the key to rings.
    Playing with gasol, kobe and bynum to start the game together makes our offense slow bc there is too much talent out there and takes awhile for them to start running the offense smoothly. It can be very potent when they all get comfortable with their shots and sharing the ball correctly, but it takes too long.
    Bynum coming off the bench will a HUGE SIX MAN. We will be unbeatable to have a second unit being possibly the second best unit in the league after the LAKERS first Unit.
    It will be at least in the top five..having orlando magic style as our second option is pretty powerful. It wouldn’t be a sorry Bynum you are not good enough for the first unit..it’s, lets be smart and play the best we can play, so we come out fast and hard and have our second unit with Bynum and lots of outside shooters.
    Against some teams like the Cavs and Boston we can start Bynum so we can protect the paint from their big weapons and have Gasol come off the bench as out Beast.

  • JFK-analysis-at-TLN

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    while you clearly thought about what you wrote, it will not be the best thing for us to win a championship. Last year KG outplayed Pau, and Perkins overpowered LO.
    Andrew changes the game for us, we are a good half court team, and Pau can play with the second unit to help speed up the game…Our team chemistry was great before bynum went down, and when he comes back he will ease into the game and allow LO to lead the second unit who really need to produce in the playoff….we can’t put Bynum with the unpredictable second unit in the playoff (remember that he has never really been in the position to lead) and the playoff is no place to experiment…

    overall i can’t wait to see the big fellow take the court….

  • kobe8

    DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS..

  • Juilliards Laker Man

    JFK-analysis-at-TLN
    Mar 27th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    while you clearly thought about what you wrote, it will not be the best thing for us to win a championship. Last year KG outplayed Pau, and Perkins overpowered LO.
    Andrew changes the game for us, we are a good half court team, and Pau can play with the second unit to help speed up the game…Our team chemistry was great before bynum went down, and when he comes back he will ease into the game and allow LO to lead the second unit who really need to produce in the playoff….we can’t put Bynum with the unpredictable second unit in the playoff (remember that he has never really been in the position to lead) and the playoff is no place to experiment…

    overall i can’t wait to see the big fellow take the court….

    Hey man,
    I agree with you, but I did say that we do need Bynum in there to start against teams like Boston and the Cavs. Those are teams that can bully around Gasol in the paint and we need Bynum big time in the paint against teams like that. LO would be the better option to come off the bench bc it allows Gasol to be more effective at PF against those teams. I think the chemistry was really good, but we did start games off pretty slow and one many games because not many teams can hang around for four quarters with us. There’s so much talent on this team and sometimes I think we waste a lot of the guys talents out there by having so many stars playing at once.

  • k1on

    it was kind of obvious that our offense had a better flow when either pau or drew were on the floor, not both at the same time. The problem with Rafner’s comments were that he claimed that the lakers are a better team “overall” without Bynum, which is bs when u consider the number of times we have given up leads.

  • Juilliards Laker Man

    right on k1on

  • Andrew Rafner
  • Andrew Rafner

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    I am selfish, I am wrong
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    The things you swore you saw yourself

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  • Andrew Rafner

    VIIIIIIIINDICATED! I AM RIGHT! I SWEAR I’M RIGHT!

  • MR JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    …For those who are innocent enough to believe this malarkey; Pure Nonsense!
    …Old Man Jackson; The Old Battleaxe loves to throw a lot of *&^%$#@ out the door for fools to ponder!

  • daboss1848

    Sorry Varsity, you may want to read your article again . . .

  • ShortDiezel

    we NEED BYNUM.. period.. if i were Bynum and I heard my coach say these things it wouldn’t make me motivated to get back faster.. LO is too inconsistent.. Bynum is a walking double double.. DEFENSE.. POWER.. LENGTH.. Most important CONSISTENCY.. that is what we get with Bynum and that is what we will need for the championship.. Phil should shut his mouth on this one.. and to be honest i hope he doesn’t come back next year.. i’ll take pop or jerry sloan over him any day