There were a LOT of anti-Dwight people who hated the trade.
There were a lot of people who talked trash about Kobe wanting to trade Bynum for Jason Kidd.
There were a lot of people who proclaimed Bynum was as good or better than Dwight in many aspects of the game and was also arguably the best Center in the League.
Only thing that kept people from having a bigger outcry about Bynum was Kobe was infinitely more popular and Kobe was on record wanting Bynum out.
If prime Kobe had been on this team and signed off on trading Russell, 95% of Lakers fans would be APPLAUDING this move. Some people are upset because Russell replaced Kobe as their favorite player and losing him a year after losing Kobe was too much to bear. It's not because Russell has done anything to warrant this type of loyalty...
We were discussing trading Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard and how Laker fans felt about it and somehow you manage to bring in D'Angelo Russell into the equation by relating the situation to Kobe's Bynum trade outcry?...
A) I will say that well over 90% of people were on board with the Dwight trade. I can recall this board going bonkers the second there was rumblings of him being interested in LA. I, as well as many others literally stood next to our radios (710 ESPN) as well as twitter, waiting upon the news and the "multiple sources" that flew around that summer. I can assure you that a vast majority were huge fans of the Dwight acquisition when it initially happened. The fallout afterwards is a different story.
B) A good amount of people bashed Kobe because they thought it was very immature, disrespectful, and extremely unprofessional to publically advocate trading one of your teammates and bashing the front office as well. In that same year, Kobe had also requested a trade so that also lead to the fans disliking him. Despite all that, at the time, a good amount of fans sided with Kobe because when this occurred in 2007, Bynum was still extremely raw and Kidd was still viewed as a highly productive star point guard. Give Mitch and Jim credit for holding onto Bynum and not giving into their Star player's wishes because he (Bynum) was a significant piece in our back-to-back titles.
C) People knew that Bynum had a much superior offensive skillset in comparison to Dwight. However, Dwight was clearly the better Center if not the best at his position during the time. Dwight had a much more significant impact upon games and I assure you if you asked any analyst or adequate basketball fan who the best Center in the NBA was in 2011-2012, 99.9% of people would say Dwight.
Kobe mentioned the Bynum for Kidd trade some time in the 2006-2007 season. Kobe wanted to win and he didn't think a 19 year old Center whom was extremely raw on both sides of the court would aid in that title run.
You're argument is all over the place and actually contradictory towards some extent . You claim that "There were a lot of people who talked trash about Kobe wanting to trade Bynum for Jason Kidd." but you then claim that, " If prime Kobe had been on this team and signed off on trading Russell, 95% of Lakers fans would be APPLAUDING this move."
Laker fans are dissappointed in the Russell trade because they believe that the front office took a huge gamble by dealing away a prospect with great potential in order to potentially chase a free agent in 2018. It has nothing to do with Kobe, Russell being his replacement, or Andrew Bynum... It seems as though you not only enjoy accusing posters of having a given perspective, but you also like to manipulate information and history in order to enhance your flawed argument.
Just stop man... you're making a fool of yourself. I honestly haven't found such an agenda-based poster on this forum.
Edited by LakeShow1o1, July 11, 2017 - 12:44 AM.