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Andrew Bynum keeps fading

Bynum After last night's loss in Phoenix, the Lakers have now played 19 games this season with both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in the lineup, and Bynum's numbers have steadily declined since Gasol's return.

Granted, with two seven-footers on the floor, the number of touches Bynum would get and his rebounding figured to dip--but it's been more dramatic than expected.

Consider that in Bynum's first nine games this season, all without Gasol, the young center averaged 20.3 points and 11.8 boards a game--clearly All-Star numbers--and he had eight double-doubles.

Since Gasol's return, Bynum is still looking for his first double-double and his output has dwindled to 12.4 points and 6.4 boards per game. This month Bynum has also suffered through games where he's scored 8, 4, 4 and 3 points. Phil Jackson pointed out that Bynum has been playing while ill for part of the month, but his rebounding has often been passive and in five games in December Bynum has failed to get at least five rebounds.

Last night, of course, the Lakers got pasted by the Suns and Amare Stoudemire showed why he's the leading vote getter among centers in the West as Stoudemire had 26 points and six rebounds.

At this point, the most deserving center in the West to get picked as a backup for the All-Star game might be Bynum's neighbor at Staples Center, Chris Kaman. The Clippers center is having a career season and has made a simple change to try and get his shot off quicker before he has to put the ball on the floor.

Kaman's stats so far this season easily top Bynum's:

Kamam 20.0 points, 9.1 rebounds.

Bynum 15.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg.

--Barry Stavro

Photo: Andrew Bynum fights the Thunder's Nenad Krstic for the ball last week. Photo credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

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Well Jon K, it was only one game and Artest was missing. I'll save the smackeroo for the playoffs!


Thanks! Good to be here amongst enemies. Happy New Year to you too and here's to some beautiful events in your life next year!*

*Except an LA title, that is :)


I must say that your sudden politeness has me a bit befuddled.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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Posted by: Jon K. | December 29, 2009 at 02:14 PM


I think it is someone else masquerading as BUTLER...

I think BUTLER read Jon K's Borg reference and got assimilated. Resistance is futile!!!

does anyone think the artest injury has a chance to unravel the delicate chemistry of the current team? it is not a typical thing to injure oneself in this freakish and random way (no way it happens to ariza by the way; too weird circumstances for me to trust him, and now i am worried about the future with this guy). I initially was in favor of us signing ronron but now wonder what is next on the path to the title defense

This a challenge to Bynum prove them that you have the heart, Play smart use youre strength, size in pushing these small player, don't be afraid, they will respect you the next time you play again. Be intelligent in playing basketball, play physical defense and intelligent offense.Knw the moves of your opponents, watch Hakeem play defense n offense learn from him. I believe in u, your the the force to reckon with... Go Bynum be a heart of steel in Playing physical basketball...

the problem with the PG position looks that way because the triangle does not need a traditional "point" to run it. Steve Kerr (Bulls), BJ Armstrong (Bulls), Ron Harper (LA), and Brian Shaw (LA), were not CP3 types, and still won. Ariza was an athlete that made plays with his legs and his length in the open court. We haven't made that adjustment. Ron is a greater post defender, but doesn't make the athletic plays that Ariza made. Therefore we need another athlete to hustle and make those types of plays. Shannon and Farmar need to penetrate more, because Fish can't make a driving layup.

Jon K,

I think Zach Randolph is a terrific player who definitely deserve to be at the All Star. Chris Kaman success might come from Zach's departure?

The Clippers are traditionally a very unlucky team. It would have been amizing to keep Zach and Blake Griffin. By the way, anybody knows when is Griffin coming back?

I don't think I'll be able to read this blog with writing like this.

Bynum will never be that same player we saw at the end of 2007 when he was dunking all over the league. It's evident he no longer has that explosive step going to the hoop, and his offensive skills are rapidly diminishing ever since this smart a*s*s dumped Kareem's tutorage.

Most important great players put in extra hours after practice to improve their skills - Larry Bird used to shoot 300 jump shots everyday after team practice. All Bynum does is head off to parties. He doesn't deserve the contract extension the Lakers gave him, and he has let his team and all Laker fans down. SHAME ON YOU ANDREW BYNUM.

Lakers are not better than last year,, Bynum,,he is horrible, thinking that he will be a franchise players someday,, Not at all.Lakers are hoping that because Laker's sone of owner picked him up , but check his body work, 5 years, he is one of inconsistent players and paying ridiculouse of $ . BAD,,they need to trade lots players and get couple of decent player who loves to come to Lakers
what about PG Fiser, he needs to give it up his starting position but it's not going to happen as long as PJ coach... I think PJ also playing politic in his game but he is lucky one because he has Kobe who is the best player on the planet,, I don't know why media keep comparing who is the best player between B.James and Kobe,, BJames has NOT proved anything yet..lots players are good as BJames no Ring yet.. so please stop comparing him and KObe,, BJames is not in Kobe's level until James proves to the world with championship ring.

Bynum is playing like a girl!He's the only player with that frame being so passive,you got your money now earn it!If not the lakers can dump alot of their bench players for hungry players in Venice Beach,this is LA we got real ballers here,that only need a chance and will gratefully work for the league minimum.Bynum need to get slapped in the face or sumthing,just get aggressive and play like the car you drive.(GT-R)

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