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.