Sports Illustraded: His Lakers are “not working hard enough” and trying “to get by without having to exert yourself enough to win games the right way,” Phil Jackson says, even singling out that most passionate of all laborers, Kobe Bryant. The coach allows that maybe the favorites for the Western Conference title are measuring out the final games of the regular season in the name of pacing themselves. That’s what he hopes, at least.

Tracking the Lakers’ mind-set is fair game and very high on the watch list of playoff storylines. The Celtics delivered a hard two-hand shove to the chest last June by showing greater toughness, more heart and better teamwork, and that image gets erased only with a postseason response. Sixty-something victories from late October to mid-April is commendable, but real reputations are forged starting this week.

So good and still so much to prove.

Speaking of Andrew Bynum…

Bynum is starting at center again after missing 32 games with a torn ligament in his right knee, bringing his own set of debate points: whether the Lakers can dare count on him, whether he will hold them back even if he does make it to the end, whether altering the starting lineup in the final full week of the regular season on behalf of a complementary player is ever a good idea. Small issues like that.

Continue reading ‘Playoffs will be proving ground for Bynum’

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

    “whether altering the starting lineup in the final full week of the regular season on behalf of a complementary player is ever a good idea. Small issues like that.”

    I was hoping that Bynum would come off the bench & assist the BENCH MOB in living up to their prior identity, but.. OH WELL! :cool:

  • Andu

    I´m tired of Bynum. Put some Gasol news!

  • T. Franco

    Lakers -6 tonight VS UTAH, how much would you wager?

  • http://TheLakersNation.info Billy Kupchak

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    $2200 :cool:

  • trademaster 2009

    im kinda tired of gasol, but the lakers are the best team for gasol. gasol is a triangle offense player, bynum just doesnt fit into the triangle, bynum is used more to crash boards and throw that long outlet pass. his offensive game needs to be polished. he has to improve his conditioning without losing weight

  • T. Franco

    $2200 huh ill put up the mortgage on that note thank you!

  • WifelovesLuke

    Dude. Trademaster. Bynum is 21! Skipped college and was hurt last year and this year. He won’t hit his stride and full potential for 5-6 more years if he stays healthy. The upside with this kid is huge. Considering the situation of his return, he has more than exceeded my expectations of what he would be able to contribute to the team. The best part is by round 2, he’ll be a beast. Bring on Portland!