L.A. Times: The education of Andrew Bynum continues on many fronts near the midpoint of his fourth NBA season. For Lakers special assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, it’s a chance to emphasize the importance of the big picture.
When they go over game video, often at Bynum’s home, the league’s all-time leading scorer details the significance of the other nine players on the court besides Bynum.
“I try and show him what’s happening because a lot of times during the game, he can’t see the whole picture,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “If I get together with him, I can show him what’s happening, what’s causing these things to happen.”
They’ve been working on a number of concepts. First and foremost, Abdul-Jabbar has been imploring Bynum to take advantage whenever Kobe Bryant gets double-teamed.
“That leaves three guys guarding the four remaining guys,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “If [Bynum] starts moving at that point and knows the right place to go to, he’s going to probably be four or five feet from the closest defender. Therein lies opportunity.”
Abdul-Jabbar is also asking Bynum to do more with the ball after getting a rebound. Bynum typically hands the ball off to a teammate instead of throwing it downcourt, Abdul-Jabbar said.