This is huge, to be recognized in this sense is great for Drew and the fans.

Yahoo! Sports: Bynum’s stats aren’t as compelling as his Staples Center contemporary, and there is the nagging issue of those nagging injuries that have naggingly never, ever gone away.

But he turns 23 just before this season starts, he’s healthy by all accounts he and managed 15 points and eight rebounds in just 30 minutes a game while dragging one leg for a good chunk of the season.

This man — this kid — has all-world potential. If he could just give you a healthy 35 minutes a game, you’ll see. You’ll see. He’ll need the ball, too.

  • bizzy

    Good for drew! I always knew he’d be one of the top centers in the league, especially when he started working with the captain (kareem abdul jabbar)

    • river raider

      Have you checked out the summer forecasts on ESPN? The team of the next decade? You see Oklahoma and miami got all the votes. If Drew gets healthy and puts this stuff behind him we could very well have the number 1 or 2 center in the league for this upcoming decade. With that, its seems like they have forgotten we still have a secret weapon, Mitch K. By far this guy has been the best GM in the league for the last 4 years. I say 4 because the year before pau came, it had to be tough for him to sit on his hands that way and wait out what has been a sort of career changing trade, kwame brown and crittenton for pau gasol, what a rip, Huh. Anyway, I think other players in the league are starting to gain that respect for mitch and the way he goes about luring and capturing just what he needs to stay on top. Anyway, with caracter and ebanks, if they are anything we think they will be, might be the beginning of something special for the next decade, that might be our next starting front line, Bynum, caracter, and Ebanks. I think this decade plays out like the last one, we have a small rebuilding in mayber the next 5 years and by the middle of the next decade, we’ll be back, I have my money on mitch and mr buss. Plus, I gonna say it, CHRIS BOSH IS A GOOD PLAYER BUT NOT HARDLY THE PLAYER EVERYONE IS MAKING HIM OUT TO BE. There, now its in the air. All year, Miami will be one injury away from hittin the skids, Plus, There are a few big threes that came close, but never did anything, look at the 90′s, Barkley, Olajuwon, and Drexler. New york, Ewing, Oakley, and whatshisface, that dunked on Jordan and pippen. Portland, Pippen, Rasheed, and Steve smith not to mention their killer bench. I’m just saying, I’ve seen some big three’s that I think were better or just as good as these three, and they did’nt win it. Phoenix, Barkley, KJ, and the track team, remember?

      • 242LakerFan

        Hey, slow the roll just a little. I know everyone (myself included) is excited over Caracter and Ebanks and they should be, but let’s be realistic. They are second round steals with a lot of upside, but to project them as future starters on a Championship level team? That’s a bit of a stretch at this point, isn’t it? Let’s see what they produce first.
        Mitch will still have a lot of work to do once Kobe is gone. Pau at that point will be late in his peak years, starting down slope and Fish will be long gone. So there will be major holes to fill.
        The sun never sets for long on this franchise, but the replacement for Kobe maybe hasn’t even hit the scene yet (or he might around now and things will soon be OK). I believe Mitch will work it out.

        • Dave

          Yes, right.

          You have to assume caracter and ebanks don’t come close to stars. In the past 25 years, there isn’t a SINGLE hall of fame player. Out of 700 2nd round picks, there’s maybe 20 all stars. The top 2nd round players are role players like Ginobli, Rodman, Boozer, and Hornacek. Those are the best ever.

          In 5 years they will hit a serious road bump while they reload around a veteran Drew. So for now, who cares about 10 years from now. Let’s enjoy the next 5 years of going head to head with the trio of sellouts.

      • Celtics Suck Salty Nuts

        Hold on there, don’t get so far ahead of yourself and starting making bogus claims that the Pau trade was a ripoff. You only mentioned Crit and Kwame. You never mentioned Pau’s own brother, Marc.

        Is Marc Gasol a ripoff to you?

        • river raider

          You have to read what I said the right way. I said, “might” be the next frontline for us, and you have to take in account that I am a laker fan who is always gonna see the glass halfway full when it comes to my team. You gotta give it up, Caracter played not only like a first round pick, but he played better than a lot of the top ten this summer, and for those who don’t believe you can gage anything from the summer league, I think we saw what we needed to see, two second round picks outplaying the higher rated draft picks, at least give me that. Marc gasol was considered a throw in at that point of the Pau trade, he just happeded to turn out to be a decent player, so, celtics suck salty nuts, you are right, but still don’t you think we got the better in that trade, Would’nt you do it again if the choice was yours? And as far as a replacement for Kobe goes, this is what I’m saying, Mitch has been pretty smart so far, And if Bynum turns out to be a dominant center, maybe next decade we are not a gaurd oriented team, maybe we’re a dominant post up team, your best player does’nt always have to be a shooting gaurd, right?

        • 242LakerFan

          You know, I admire your optimism and yes, Drew could very well turn into the anchor player of this team for the next decade, but there will need to be pieces somewhat more formidable than these rookies in order to make that an elite NBA team. They’re good pieces to have, but another all-star level player will be needed.
          You are right about the Pau trade being one that I would do again and again, but Salty’s point is that it wasn’t quite as lopsided as you suggest once you factor in that Marc Gasol is one of the more talented centers in the league, even the world, and is still developing.

  • rondo

    Laker fans tend to rag on Bynum. One day real soon he’s going to make a lot of fans look real silly. Young players need time.Most people here know nothing about big centers because most only saw Shaq. I saw many of the greats Wilt, Russel, Lanier, Jabbar and many many more. Raging on Bynum tells me alot about their lack of knowledge when it comes to centers in the NBA . Mangement understands, thats the reason they look at fans who want Bynum traded as fans only..

    • Robert.

      I’m a bit confused, rondo. You seem to be up on Lakers history, yet your name ‘rondo’ is clearly Celt-ish. So what is it? I don’t know many here who were “Raging on Bynum”.
      .
      Do you “Rage on Rondo” ??
      .
      (rimshot)

      • laughoutloud

        why do u even care, leave the guy alone!

      • Robert.

        U didn’t get my joke either, laffs.

        • laughoutloud

          what the fuck u talking bout, me and laffs arent the same person

  • lakers0828

    if he would stay healthy and not get injured all the time he would probably be 1 center and probably an allstar by now

  • lakers2000

    I believe this is going to be Bynum’s year. I am confidant that he will have much to prove if he can stay healthy. He must contribute to send Phil out with another ring. Let’s go Lakers!!!!!!!

  • 24allup inya

    brook lopez over bynum ! fuck no! this list is retarded!

  • rondo

    Robert you need to recheck your mistake with the Rondo’s Their is a clown who runs around on this board talking about the Celtics. I am not the guy. I am a grown man who don’t go around talking about the Celtics on the Los Angeles Lakers Board. Do your research before you come to me with false info. Also i know NBA history Becuse i lived it and one day when you live long enough you will know your share of history.

    • Robert.

      Point taken, rondo, but I’ve also been around too. I did see the Kareem/Wilt battle of the giants (and, like everyone here in LA, actually despised Kareem as an opponent when he was on the Bucks – his sky hook killed us back in the day).
      .
      But, did you play in the NBA? Or semi or full pro? I’m interested. Also, what does ‘your’ rondo stand for? Is it your name, or some other nomer? (of course, John Havlicek was ‘hondo’, but that’s a different story).
      .
      Sorry if I offended, too. (you know how the name ‘Rondo’ seems to irk us Laker fans – bad Celtic blood – although, he is a good player).

      • laughoutloud

        Wow, you talking like you are scared! No need to say ur sorry, u just making urself look like a pussy, Fight for whats urs.

      • Robert.

        au contrare, laffs, I’m showing respect. The guy was obviously offended. Still not sure why he is using the nomer ‘rondo’, but he is respectful of Laker history, and that tends to work in my book.

        • laughoutloud

          Again, we arent the same people, He and I differ on our posts. You can check all the posts in the past. I have NEVER once made a negative comment on the Lakers. Do your homework son, now ur offended people. Im my own person, remember that dog. DONT BE SCARED HOMIE!

  • andy

    I have to admit that I hated on this guy for a while because he would play with no heart but if this guy stays healthy and plays like in game 2 of the finals on a decently regular basis, he can become extremely dominant. He is the most massive 7 footer in the league and hes only 22.

    • 242LakerFan

      Most Massive? I think you forget about the Big Desperatelyclingingtothedregsofmycareer, aren’t you?

      • keeponkeepinon18

        haha, nice one

      • Robert

        Desperately Seeking Championship, starring Rosanna Arquette as Shaquille O’Neal, and Paul Pierce as Madonna.

        • 242LakerFan

          PP as Madonna!!! LMAO!!!

      • andy

        I mean out of the new upcoming centers. He is much bigger than dwight howard. Bynum had balls to fuck with shaq. imagine all other lesser centers if he got emotionally involved into games.

  • http://thelakernation bigdubb88

    TO ALL THE SO CALL FANS THAT SAY BYNUM SHOULD TRY AND NOT GET INJURYED…………..LIKE HE REALLY EXPECTED FOR KOBE TO SLAM AGINST HIS KNEE…..OH AND WHILE AM AT IT HYPEREXTEND MY OTHER ONE WHILE BEING LOW BRIDGE. I KNOW HE HAVE TO START MOVING HIS FEET MORE IN CERTAIN SITUATION AND DON’T ANCHOR IT ALL THE TIME. HE IS A QUALITY CENTER.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    so who`s more OVER-RATED, BYNUM OR BRYANT?or maybe its a tie.when mr matchstick knees is rated #5 shows how watered down and weak this NBA is……………………Keepin it real,dog.

    • http://myspace.com/taeyongpark Day

      It’s crazy, if all our players are overrated how do we win back to back championships ?

      • Danny T

        laffs atu just get out of here and kill yourself, you have the stupidest comments ever.

        • Kobe bi curious?

          That be a nice xmas gift the lakers win and sucks on u killing herself!

    • Showtime4eva

      Your a lebra lover and you have the nerve to call someone else over rated? You are a retarded inbred pile of trash!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    does anyone fear bynum?if big and weak earns a #5 this league is so watered down……Keepin it real.

    • Showtime4eva

      How’s that chokitus ? Maybe you should your time worrying about how lebra is going to screw up Miami

  • laughoutloud

    The biggest pussy on this site is THEMVP!

  • Spectorman818

    Gimme a healthy Andrew Bynum over what the heat did this summer any day. The last of a dying breed. I’m glad we have a center to build around. Just stay healthy please!

  • Spectorman818

    Man who IS this fool “laffs atu”? what a hater.

    • Robert.

      “laffs atu” is actually on staff at TLN to provide comic relief, and also to ‘stir up the pot’. You’ll see him (her? them?) appear with several aliases (see if you can find them ! like Where’s Waldo). When blog titles don’t generate enough blogs, you’ll see ‘l.a.’ come around to keep things going (the term l.a. uses is ‘keep things real’).
      .
      The staff at TLN hired ‘l.a.’ to generate ‘more’ blogs (blogs = $$), and it works! Most of the people here are HUGE Laker fans, and usually have only good things to say about the Lakers. So injecting some chaos into the mix generates a bank of blogs, and that’s the purpose of l.a.
      .
      When people don’t ‘respond’ to l.a.’s comments about the Lakers, you will see insults pointed at them, designed to generate a response. It doesn’t matter what is said (foul language, etc.), a ‘blog’ is worth, for all intents and purposes, a penny per blog, so it’s a bankable commodity.
      .
      And of course, you noticed that “l.a.” is a pseudonym for Los Angeles, if you read the code correctly. This person is truly a Laker fan.
      .
      He/She/They are just having fun, and making money for TLN.
      .
      And TLN, you’re welcome for my penny donation, and possibly 5 more cents from ‘l.a.’s follow up response to this.

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    if your not ball washing ,got to be a hater…..so is there a laker site for grown-ups?way to many simple minded morons around here.right,slowtimefornothing?

    • 242LakerFan

      You should learn to properly punctuate a sentence, as well as the difference between “to” and “too” before you refer to anyone as simple minded.

    • river raider

      Hey laffs atu, I thought I told you to douche before you get back on this site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ICE CREAM MAN

    Kobe is defenitly on the down slide of his career. It’s time to start looking for a great replacement. For me the only guy that is young enough and still has great potential is Durant. He did sign an extension but that doesn’t mean we can’t get him when he peaks. Or what about melo?

    • river raider

      I know Kobe doesn’t have the hops he used to have, but don’t you think the injuries had anything to do with the way he played. When you say a player is on the downside of their career, usually that means there is a drop off in the numbers or in their play and I’m not seeing a significant drop-off either way, school me if I’m wrong.

      • ICE CREAM MAN

        What I mean is like this…Let say you have a work truck that when new it gave good gas mileage, nice peppy engine, great suspension and you loved that new car smell. Now 13-14 years later, over 500K miles on the engine, suspension is worn and sagging, steering isn’t tight and even sloppy, truck has broken down a couple of times, and the new car smell has been replaced w/ some smelly item in the back of the passenger seat.

        Even though the little truck is a hard worker and does the job, you know that sooner or later you will have to replace it. So there comes a time when you start making a budget and saving for a down payment on a new truck. Still love the old truck but for work to continue at a productive pace a new one has to take it’s place.

        It’s life, we have to start thinking about a replacement BEFORE it’s all over. Not hating on Kobe, infact, he is the hardest working laker in franchise history, I think. I love his intensity and it would be a story book ending if he was part owner of the lakers when he retires.

        so here is the question again, who is the replacement?

  • R.I.P Laffs atu

    Try me Faggot I bet you get bitch slapped it aint my fault Alabama dont have a basketball team

  • rondo

    laffs atu it guys like you who just started looking at baskeball. You need to shut the fuck up until after the season is over.Bynum is on target most great center do not develope until 22 years of age. During the old days before young men out of high school came into the league . All of your great centers came out of college at 22 years old . Wilt Russell Jabbar Nate Thurmond and Hakeem. Don’t make your self look like a ass down the road because you are headed that way. Bynum is 22 remember what i said because . I was around when they all came into the NBA.