Phil: Bynum to start next series

Despite struggling in the Jazz series, Phil is ready to start Bynum for the next series.

O.C. Register: No matter who the Lakers play in the Western Conference semifinals, Andrew Bynum will be in the starting lineup.

No matter how well Lamar Odom played in the Lakers’ first-round defeat of Utah, he will be coming off the bench.

Doesn’t seem fair, but that’s what Phil Jackson said after the Lakers finished off the Jazz, 107-96, to advance to a match-up either against Houston or Portland. The Rockets lead that series, 3-1.

“Either team has size and both are physical,” Jackson said. “He (Bynum) can give us minutes agianst either one of those teams.”

It’s a logical move by Jackson considering Portland’s Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbillia or Houston’s Yao Ming. But Bynum hasn’t exactly impressed anyone since coming back from a knee injury.

In the five games against Utah, Bynum went 9 of 23 from the floor — 0 for 3 in Monday’s contest.

“Since Andrew’s come back, we’ve had some good games with him out there,” Jackson said. “He has to continue to improve with the rest o four team.”

Bynum had dressed and slipped out of the locker room before the doors were opened to the media.

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  • xfellerx

    first.

  • roro

    its all about match up. In this series against the jazz Lamar was mismatch for the Jazz. I think Andrew will be fine and I think coaching staff will keep encouraging him. Especially since we will need him in the playoffs.

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    Exactly roro, it was a BAD matchup for Bynum.

  • lakers#1

    Please i want old Bynum back!

  • MR JUAN_YOUR WARLOCK

    The Jazz series leaned more to a favorable, if not great match-up for Lamar as opposed to a bad match-up for Bynum… Money has the match-ups going the other way with either Houston or Portland, hence the premature announcement from Jackson.

  • David

    I don’t agree. The Jazz shouldn’t have been a tough series for Bynum. He was 4 inches taller than the guys guarding him. It will only get tougher for him when he has to match up with Yao who is considerably taller. He’s simply playing at a low level right now. Stop making excuses for the guy.

  • desecrator09

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    the reason he struggled is because utah used a small quick lineup for most of this series, therefore they got their hands on the ball when bynum was posting and they doubled him alot. even though he is much taller than them, it was still hard for him to get into a groove with all those smaller players reaching and disrupting his rithym

  • WifelovesLuke

    “David
    Apr 28th, 2009 at 5:47 am
    I don’t agree. The Jazz shouldn’t have been a tough series for Bynum. He was 4 inches taller than the guys guarding him. It will only get tougher for him when he has to match up with Yao who is considerably taller. He’s simply playing at a low level right now. Stop making excuses for the guy.”

    If your argument made sense than Manut Bol and Sean Bradley should have been perenial All Stars because they were 8″ taller than everyone. Your analysis is weak. Stop being a casual fan and believe that Phil Jackson (with 9 NBA titles) might know what he’s talking about.

  • Kobe Apologist

    desecrator09: You are right.
    WifelovesLuke: Your analysis is weaker. Are you suggesting that the Shaq of 1999-2003 would have been pulled from the starting line-up if the opposing coach played three forwards in his line-up?

  • DannyV

    Phil said all of this before the playoffs started. He said Odom has had success against Utah and that when people talk about a match up for Bynum they’re talking defense not offense. Phill is saving Bynum for a series where they’ll need him. They didnt need him against Utah. But yes he also needs to step up.

  • David

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    I hope you’re right. If he continues to play poorly than we know that it’s not matchup problems.

  • WifelovesLuke

    ” Kobe Apologist
    Apr 28th, 2009 at 11:05 am
    desecrator09: You are right.
    WifelovesLuke: Your analysis is weaker. Are you suggesting that the Shaq of 1999-2003 would have been pulled from the starting line-up if the opposing coach played three forwards in his line-up?”

    You didn’t get what I was trying to say. Just because Bynum was 4″ taller than Milsap didn’t imply that he should have had no trouble guarding him. Milsap, Boozer, etc were a tough match up because Bynum is a step slower. They can offset his height with simple foot work. Shaq was an exceptional defensive presense because he moved his feet really well for a big. That help?

  • trademaster 2009

    after the mutumbo injury, no more bigs, cook, landry and scola are all 6-9. what our centers have to do is sprint down court after every loss of possession, that will tire them out, yao is way to slow to guard Bynum, Pau, DJ, or powell

  • dracul

    Bynum will once again have a horrible series offensively, however his main purpose will be to go into a war of attrition with Yao on the defensive end. After Bynum gets one too many fouls, we can bring in the Secret Anti-Yao – aka Mbenga, and that guy can continue to hold the fort on the defensive end. We’re fine offensively otherwise. Yao gets gassed consistently in the 4th quarter, which is why he’s often not on the floor until the very last minute or so, if at all.

    The center battle is pretty clear cut as to how its going to play out. Tire out Yao and we can play a regular basketball game again.

    The key will be keeping the likes of Battier from having open 3 point looks. We all know that Artest is gonna start taking dumb shots when the game starts to slip away from the rockets.

    I certainly hope the Rockets can hold on to their balls and put the Blazers away. They play WAAAAAAAAAAYYY too energized and determined against the Lakers – its almost as if management buys them all a new car as a bonus if they can beat the Lakers at home or something.

    -Dracul

  • Bynum got paid way to much

    Quit making excuses for Bynum… The boy needs to step up and quit bitc_hing about everything. Play thru the pain and earn your check dumbass.