Text messages from press row: Lakers GM deserves credit for drafting Andrew Bynum two years ago and then resisting the urge to trade him.
L.A. Times: For a guy from Hicksville, maybe Mitch Kupchak isn’t the brain-dead numskull that some Lakers fans have made him out to be. . . .
The Lakers general manager — birthplace: Hicksville, N.Y. — deserves credit for rolling the dice by drafting 17-year-old Andrew Bynum two years ago and then resisting the urge to trade him before he reached his potential. . . .
BTW, although Bynum already is nearly a quarter of the way through his third NBA season, only five NBA players are younger than the Lakers center, who won’t be of age to legally buy brandy for his eggnog until October. . . .
In addition to Bynum’s teammate, rookie Javaris Crittenton, the younger-than-Bynum club includes rookies Kevin Durant of the Seattle SuperSonics, Spencer Hawes of the Sacramento Kings and Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as sidelined No. 1 pick Greg Oden of the Portland Trail Blazers. . . .
Chinese rookie Yi Jianlian of the Milwaukee Bucks was born the same day as Bynum, Oct. 27, 1987. . . .
Bruce Bowen, the 36-year-old former Cal State Fullerton forward who will line up against Kobe Bryant when the defending champion San Antonio Spurs play the Lakers tonight at Staples Center, is the NBA’s oldest starter. . . .