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NBA coaches make right choice to select on Pau Gasol and pass on Andrew Bynum for All-Star game


It didn't take a wild imagination for this scenario to play out. 

It won't become official until today at 4 p.m. PST on TNT, but The Times' Mike Bresnahan has already reported that Lakers Pau Gasol will play in the 2010 All-Star game, while Lakers center Andrew Bynum and Clippers center Chris Kaman will miss the cut. 

Kaman had already entered the season omitted from the ballot, and then dropped league-leading numbers among centers (20.2 points and nine boards per game). And then, more out of his tendency to shoot from the hip than actually being paranoid, was his usual candid self a week ago when he was asked if Gasol and Bynum deserve an All-Star bid. 

"I don't think Gasol should be in it at all,'' Kaman told NBA Fanhouse when asked if he would be disappointed if Gasol, who starts at power forward for the Lakers, is slid over to be the backup center when West coaches vote for All-Star reserves. "He's only played like 20 games [through Wednesday he played 29 out of the Lakers' 46 games] this year. I think there should be a number of games you should play. I think you should have to play like 80% of the games." 

"It shouldn't be 50% [of games a player has logged] over a guy who plays 90% and who has better numbers. Not just me. Zach Randolph, a power forward, he has better numbers" than Gasol. "But he's not on the Lakers.''

And as far as Bynum?

"I think I'm more deserving than Andrew Bynum,'' Kaman said. "I'd be disappointed if they put Pau Gasol in front of me. If they put Bynum [ahead of me], it would be disappointing but it would be easier to accept.''

That's because Gasol's stint so far this season has consisted of two hamstring injuries that sidelined him for a total of 17 games. He injured his right hamstring before the season started and missed the first 11 contests, and then injured his left hamstring and missed six consecutive games this month.

No doubt, Kaman was slighted. Even if the Clippers are 20-25 and recently lost to the New Jersey Nets, of all teams, the Clippers wouldn't even be in a position to contend if not for his presence. But the same reason why Kaman deserves a bid (he consistently helped the team) is the same reason why the league coaches made the right call in giving All-Star bids to Gasol (he consistently helped the team) and passing on Bynum (he showed "potential," as always). Gasol will join Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who is making his 12th All-Star appearance, on the West's squad for the game Feb. 14 in Dallas.

True, Gasol missed 17 games, but that absence only illustrated further why the Lakers value his presence so much. The Lakers have gone 24-5 when he's on the court and 11-6 when he's been on the sidelines. 

Sure there's been some lapses, most notably in the Lakers' 93-87 loss to Cleveland last week where he was muscled inside and limited offensively to 13 points on five of 13 shooting. But his clip of 17.6 points and 11 rebounds per game come because of great chemistry with Bryant and an in-depth understanding of the triangle offense. Gasol shouldn't be penalized for getting hurt -- it's an area he can't control -- so his absence shouldn't have even been a factor in the decision, unless of course he hadn't played a single game.

As for Bynum -- although he's coming off Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers with a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds, those strong performances have only come within the last month and at the beginning of the season. He posted more than 20 points and 12 rebounds during Gasol's 11-game absence, but those numbers took a December dip. It was part of a slide where Bynum went 23 consecutive games without a double double, for varied reasons ranging from mostly Gasol's presence to sinus, asthma and knee issues.

Fortunately for Bynum, he didn't deviate much from the four double doubles he posted during Gasol's second absence in six games. Since Gasol's return, Bynum has had double figures in six of the last seven games, the latest performance against Indiana marking the first time the two each had at least 20 points and 10 boards all season. Aside from the fact that showcase came after the ballots were filled out from league coaches, it also didn't represent Bynum's complete body of work.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Pau Gasol looks for a shot around Roy Hibbert of the Pacers during Wednesday's 118-96 Lakers victory. Both players finished with 21 points. Credit: Darron Cummings/Associated Press.

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Kaman's take isn't insane. He should definitely go ahead of Andrew and Pau has been hurt but then again, Pau is getting rewarded for being a main cog in the championship wheel and Kaman is too ugly for prime time.

Logic doesn't apply, Chris K. It's showbiz, not basketball.

Mamba24 and his roll call is like a soap opera without the cliff hanger. BORING. Like many of the bloggers here who think their SDS, I guess you need to stick together for that reinforcement or support when your attacking the viewpoints of others whom you don't agree with.
Hey I'm Mamba 24 "ooh that was simply outstandingly hilarious, LMAO"

^^^^Washington wants to get rid of him asap , and we can offer Sasha 5M, Morrison 5,3M and Fisher 5M and get him.^^^^

Trading for Arenas?
Now that's thinking outside the box, and it just might work. Gilbert can get his shot off any time (similar to Kobe) but has better than average ball handling and passing skills.
A trade also works with Sasha. Luke, and Adam; and works with Luke; Fish and Adam.
Still not sold on AB, but he's made some strides lately, albeit against inferior competition. It still bothers me that his defense is weak and he can't seem to get off the floor.
Bynum is one of the few players who can literally be 3 feet from the basket and still not get off the floor to dunk the ball.
His lack of athleticism is obvious.

SOUR GRAPE KRIS KAMAN: For a big man who collects and plays with guns in his backyard, is a whiner and a sore loser. haahaha

ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY: I was expecting Bynum’s SWAMI LakerTom and his disciples to come out of the monastery and grace the blog mortals, with grandiose post on Bynum's good performance from last night’s game but.... Sigh....

Chris Kaman should have avoided that kind of opinion about other players. Probably that did not help him to make the team. He showed very little class. In any case, he should also remember that he plays for the Clippers with 20+ shots per game but with a FG% of a SF.

What I hate the most of the picks selected is that the Celtics get three players (Rondo, Pierce and Garnett) and we only get two.

'Bout right, I guess. To be an all-star, one must first be valuable. To be valuable, as 0pposed to merely putting up killer stats, the first requirement has to be that one's efforts be conducted in service of actual, you know, wins.

I will always think of Shareef Abdur-Raheem as the example of impressive stats in aid of nothing. Then I think of JVG saying, "well someone had to lead them in scoring!" Kaman's too Shareef for his own good.

Also, the Lakers' record without Pau/with Drew helps Pau's case while diminishing Drew's. Drew's worthy based on contributing mightily to wins, but the record differential probably broke a tie between Drew and whoever was picked 12th.

Every year there's always this thing about being the best player or the best player in the least best team (how's that for verbage lol).

Chris Kaman plays for the Clippers...if and when he starts getting relevant, as in his team actually goes over .500 then yeah consider him for the bid. But basketball after all is about winning.

As for Bynum vs. Gasol. Drew's got plenty of years to stay hungry and get there...I don't particularly think he's deserving this year over Pau, even with the injury because of just how much better we are with Pau, and in any case this stuff is retroactive in a sense anyway. Pau deserved the bid because of his overall body of work, this year and finals (last year). His numbers are also better (which actually matters coz he's in a winning team...unlike Kaman).

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I don’t know who suggested it, but I think the smart thing is for you to post any new comments on the latest thread. We are all used to carrying on multiple thread conversations and this way we won’t have to worry about new threads when posting. I don’t think any of us would object to this change.
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Laker Tom - It was definitely suggested but I think there may be a disconnect. I have on every post now that if people want to copy and paste a previous post on to the new one I'll approve it. I guess I didn't want to do that to other people myself so they didn't think it was a troll. Does that work?


Andrew should take his game to the next level. Coaches do not choose a guy who has an attitude. I feel sorry to Drew, but man you should not focus on the allstar game on the ring.... man!

No way Bynum makes an all star team this year. He hasn't shown the mentality to excel, and he shouldn't be rewarded for mediocre performance and complacent effort.

For the record, I'd love to have Kaman on this team. Trade him for Bynum anyday. Let Andrew go to the Clippers, a team full of losers. He'll be quite at home there.

Howdy CRUE!!

Glad to see Pau get the nod - he's one very bad man completely deserving of the All-Star tag on his resume.

Too bad Drew didn't make it, but really it just wasn't meant to be this year. Pick up your defense young man, and then we'll talk!

Sucks the weeners have 3... I really hate them... a lot...

I can't wait for Sunday's game. I want the bald lunatic screaming at this teammates making them ALL cry. I want Paula to really NEED her wheelchair. I want Socks to introduce that punk Rondo to Mr. Floor - again and again and again and again.... I want Kobe to wipe that snear off Rayray's face. I want Shannon to posterize anyone (umm I mean anyTHING) in green. I just want the green weeners to slither off the court at the final horn, listening to the chants of MVP for Kobe. That's all I want. Is that too much to ask?


Nothing but another title will suffice.

If Kaman played for the Lakers, Bynum and Gasol would start and Lamar would still be the first off the bench.

>>>Now that's thinking outside the box, and it just might work.

I'll reiterate. Trading for Arenas is a terrible idea.

He gets paid WAAAAAAY too much money.

He's a low percentage shooter. Lower than Fish, Farmar, or Brown.

He's a bad defender.

And he can't play at all this season.

If the Lakers really wanted to improve the PG position, the two main guys who've been discussed here - Calderon and Hinrich - would be much much better choices.

Calderon would improve the offense more than Arenas.

Hinrich would improve the defense more than Arenas.

And either one would cost less than half as much as Arenas and for fewer years.


>>What I hate the most of the picks selected is that the Celtics get three players
>>>(Rondo, Pierce and Garnett) and we only get two.

There's just a lot more talent in the West. The C's could have made a case for getting Kendrick Perkins in as well.

Of course, any of Bynum, Kaman, or Marc Gasol is better than Perkins, but the East is LEast.

Hey MM - you goin' to Dallas for the All-Star game?

Anyone else?

mamba - no unfortunately I won't be out there. Brez and BT will be there though.


I hope that Andrew takes this well and not think he don't have the skills to be an all star.Andrew is a all star and will make many all star games in the future. Laker Tom they get on your case about your love for Andrew game but i agree with you this kid got game.

Bynum is one of the few players who can literally be 3 feet from the basket and still not get off the floor to dunk the ball.
His lack of athleticism is obvious.

Posted by: Troll Man | January 28, 2010 at 03:00 PM

You're kidding, right?

You must be blind to not notice he's athletic. Provide some evidence to the contrary, and maybe you'll have a leg to stand upon.

I'm rather surprised that some people like Kaman think missing some games is reason not to get picked, like if being injured was the player's fault! As long as you've played enough games to set a trend it's more than enough to judge a player's performance.

The difference in Laker's results actually helped Gasol's case, it's just proves he brings a lot more than what the statistics can measure and he deserves this.

And I think being picked by coaches means a lot, the coaches are actually the people that know best the players, it's their job. Some players make it to the starter team because maybe they have 1300 million countrymen voting for them (Yao), others make it because they are hyped up media stars and NBA wants to make money with their image, others are there because of a glorious past but today are far from All star form (Iverson, he left Memphis and now the GRizzlies are good!) etc...

Congrats PAU!

Hinrich is the best trade option right now. Think of the MJ Bulls when they relied on outside shooting guard specialists John Paxon and Steve Kerr.

Arenas is just an interesting thought, but considering his circumstance now, this is the only realistic time to ever imagine having a backcourt of Kobe and Agent Zero.


I too look forward to the imposition of all that is necessary and good on this coming Sunday. I'll be at the game, my first in Boston since the Cavs and the Celtics played in the first round of the playoffs (if you can tell the year from that clue then you are really good, the second clue is that the final series that year featured a shot from Gar Heard). Only wailing and gnashing of teeth from all that wears green will suffice!


Of course AB can dunk when he has a head start running at the basket, most players can, so your Utube example is weak. I'm talking when he's at a standstill under the basket and instead of powering it down he throws the little floater in.
I've seen him do it previously, so I'm inclined to believe that he is not 100% recovered from his knee injury. It is probably just a matter of time before he has that level of confidence to jump off the ground using 2 feet simultaneously. But I have seen it quite a lot this year and I'm sure most impartial observers have as well.

All Star or not Andrew Bynum is a better overall player than Chris Bosh.

Proposed trade would be unwise for the Lakers from a talent and financial perspective.

Shannon's team mate Mo Ager from Mich. State is returning from a season in Spain. Somebody need a guard?

Troll Man,

The things you're ragging on are the things that matter. It's when the contributions of bloggers diminish that we'll be sorry.

Has this been posted yet? I've been working so I don't know:

The five greatest LakersComment Email Print Share By J.A. Adande

The same way I can make a distinction between "best player" and "most valuable," I don't assume that Kobe Bryant becoming the leading scorer in Lakers history automatically makes him the greatest Laker of all time.

Even though three of the top four scorers in NBA history -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Wilt Chamberlain -- set their final numbers while wearing Lakers uniforms, this franchise is about more than just points.

In a city that runs on show business and demands championships from its teams, the Lakers are defined by entertainment and winning. Mere victories aren't enough. They must be delivered in style.

It's the people who grasped that concept and delivered on their potential who get the accolades here. It goes beyond performance on the court. It's more about impact on the city, the people who did the most to turn the Lakers into the team that defines Los Angeles.

5. Kobe Bryant

Bryant didn't build the brand. He has ascended by climbing on the shoulders of those who came before him. If his era were stricken from the books, the Lakers still would be one of the most storied franchises in sports. That said, he has accomplished things his playing predecessors never did, such as winning three consecutive championships and later winning a championship without another surefire Hall of Famer beside him. Pau Gasol is one of the best big men in the game today, but he isn't in the discussion of all-time greats with the likes of Chamberlain, Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal.

However, Bryant did miss the playoffs in 2004-05, then lost in the first round of the playoffs the next two years. None of the other Lakers greats ever went three years without winning a playoff series.

One advantage in Kobe's pocket: time. He can still get to six championships and have ring supremacy over everyone else who wore the uniform. His relentless quest to be the best has allowed him to enter the elite rankings, earning a berth on my list of greatest Lakers. It may still get him to the top. Here are the men he'd have to pass:

4. Jerry West

Lakers fans are realistic enough to know their team can't win championships every year. All they demand is a trip to the NBA Finals. We can trace these expectations back to the 1960 draft, when they selected Jerry West with the second pick. (I wonder if one day we'll trace the behavior of Justin Combs back to the day his father Sean "Diddy" Combs gave him a Maybach for his 16th birthday.)

With West, the Lakers went to the Finals nine times. Even though it took him until his eighth try to finally procure a championship, he set the standard: When the last NBA game of the season is being played, the Lakers should be involved. West combined with Elgin Baylor to give the Lakers instant credibility after the team arrived from Minneapolis.

What elevates West to the higher realms in Lakerland is what he did in the second phase of his career as a front-office executive. He made the moves that kept the Lakers on top in the '80s, kept them relevant in the '90s and made them the team of the new millennium.

He traded Norm Nixon for Byron Scott in 1983, an unpopular move initially but one that gave the Lakers a top-notch guard for the next 10 years. He traded Frank Brickowski, Petur Gudmundsson and draft picks to San Antonio for Mychal Thompson in 1987, providing the frontcourt depth to win back-to-back championships. In 1990, he signed Sam Perkins, who made the winning shot in Game 1 of the 1991 NBA Finals, the Lakers' only Finals game victory in the 1990s.

West drafted Eddie Jones, Elden Campbell and Nick Van Exel (in the second round, no less) and signed Cedric Ceballos to form the nucleus of the "Lake Show" squads that made two surprising trips to the playoffs. West maneuvered to clear the salary-cap space to sign Shaquille O'Neal, and in the process acquired the rights to the Charlotte Hornets' 1997 draft choice: Kobe Bryant.

So he gets credit not only for his own Hall of Fame career in purple and gold, but Bryant's as well. That's why he gets the higher rank.

3. Magic Johnson

Like West, Magic Johnson took the Lakers to nine NBA Finals. Unlike West, Johnson won five of them. Yes, Abdul-Jabbar was there for each of those five Lakers championships in the 1980s and was the Finals MVP in 1985. But that Lakers run of Western Conference dominance didn't start until Johnson arrived in 1979 … and he did make it back to the Finals in 1991 after Abdul-Jabbar retired.

Magic was the maestro of Showtime, the one who made the Lakers the most enjoyable team to watch as well as the best. He was the most valuable player in the league twice and the MVP of the Finals three times during the 1980s. He understood that showmanship mattered in this town, thus the flair on his no-look passes, the celebratory dances and high-fives after his success. Still, he did it with substance. His focus wasn't on the most glamorous aspect of the game, scoring, but on all the other components that went into winning. How many best-ever nominees for good franchises -- west of Bill Russell on the Celtics -- had career scoring averages of less than 20 points? It's no surprise the former NBA all-time assists leader tops the franchise list in that category, but he's also third in rebounds.

He was an unusual physical specimen, the league's first 6-foot-9 point guard. But his wasn't an athletic game. He didn't dominate from the air as Michael Jordan and Bryant did. That was never his means of winning.

Once, at the charity basketball game he hosted annually, Johnson was egging on a participant in an impromptu dunk contest. The player suggested Magic try dunking himself. Magic, already retired at that point, directed everyone's attention to the championship banners hanging on the wall of the Forum. "Those are my dunks right there," Johnson said.

They were his dunks, his passes, his smiles, all represented in five pieces of golden fabric. To date no player has brought more NBA championships to L.A., which is why no player can rank ahead of him.

2. Jerry Buss

If winning matters most, then Jerry Buss has indisputably been the greatest owner in sports since he acquired the Lakers in 1979. Nine championships. That's a number that the baseball Yankees' revival in the '90s or the NFL Patriots' arrival last decade can't touch.

He consistently has spent what it took to keep the Lakers competitive, from giving Magic Johnson a then-outrageous $25 million, 25-year contract in 1981 to signing O'Neal for what was the largest contract in NBA history in 1996: $120 million. When the Memphis Grizzlies were looking to shed salary, the Lakers were more than willing to take it on and thus Gasol arrived in 2008 to make the Lakers championship material again.

By serving as the lone string connecting the past nine Lakers championships, Buss has demonstrated it was more than just the lucky coin toss that brought them the No. 1 pick and Magic, and more than the wizardry of West, who left the Lakers in 2000. It was the leadership from the top, which is the origin of all winning franchises.

Buss took his shots for dismantling the team and catering to Bryant in 2004. But he reasserted control by bringing back Phil Jackson in 2005 and refusing to bend to Bryant's desire to be traded in 2007, and the Lakers were better off for it.

Speaking of better off, Buss' $16 million investment in the Lakers is now worth $607 million, according to Forbes.

1. Chick Hearn

Even the greatest entertainers need a promoter. Muhammad Ali, master showman, had Bundini Brown. For all of the stars the Lakers have had on the court, the man who eclipses them all is Chick Hearn.

His voice provided the narrative for Lakers highlights in five different decades, on everything from West's backcourt shot against the Knicks to the final seconds of the championship three-peat in 2002.

For Hearn's importance in Lakers history I defer to the great Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray, who described the days during which the Lakers drew fewer than 3,000 people for a playoff game, before a Hearn radio broadcast of the next game on the road brought 15,000 fans to the Sports Arena when the series returned to L.A. When the Lakers were still establishing themselves -- competing in the marketplace against the Dodgers at their most dominant and the UCLA basketball dynasty -- they used to have players drive through neighborhoods, making their pitch via loudspeaker to get people to buy tickets.

"The sound of Chick Hearn did more for the team," Murray wrote. "The Lakers prospered. And carried the pro game along with them."

You might have heard that famous voice doing Harlem
Globetrotters games on "Gilligan's Island" or Goofy's soccer matches, but it served no greater purpose than to provide play-by-play for the Lakers (and hand out their championship rings). Multiple generations learned to love the Lakers through Chick Hearn.

Chick reworked the lexicon of the sport, giving birth to the phrases "slam dunk" and "dribble drive" and "air ball." He provided an education on the fly. It's because of him that generations of Southern Californians know the dimensions of the court are 94 feet by 50 feet and that the team that wins the opening tap will have the ball to begin the fourth quarter. (And thanks to Chick, who could forget the basketball seating capacity of the Forum was 17,505?)

The truest test of impact is after a person is gone. And when Chick Hearn passed away it wasn't just the legendary Lakers players who came to pay their respects; the governor of California and mayor of Los Angeles also attended his funeral Mass.

It's hard to imagine any other Laker meaning that much.

J.A. Adande is a columnist for

I don't know. I don't think Mark needs to worry about moving posts around. A new post alert should be fine. There may be layered conversations ging on with multiple people and moving a post form one spot to the next could cause trouble. Let the author do that stuff.


Chris Kaman should have been an All-Star.


Go Clippers!!!


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Did I detect a remote touch of Bynum Bashing by MM in his headline? Just kidding. Pau certainly deserved to be on the All-Star team and while I was disappointed that Drew did not make the team, there was obviously no injustice in it. His mediocre play in December is what derailed his campaign. I’m sure Drew was disappointed too but he knows that is just frosting on the cake and all that really counts is championships. And he is only 22 years old. I’ll bet Kobe doesn’t even remember how many times he was selected but he will never forget how many rings he has.
But Drew was correct in that part of the reason he didn’t make the team was politics. Amare getting the NBA to list him as a center and Zack Randolph’s surprising and sentimental selection leave the West team without a true center on the roster. It’s a really an unintended insult to Drew and the fans who voted for him in my opinion. No big deal in the scheme of things. But not a single center?
You might think the coaches would consider some balance when voting their roster and just maybe selecting a group of players who will give the West the best chance to win. Other than Pau Gasol, the West has no player who can guard Dwight Howard. It’s a good thing the East coaches didn’t select Shaquille O’Neal. Far as I am concerned, the fans and the coaches got it wrong and it was unfair.
The positive aspect is that this should just motivate Drew to play harder and better. I loved how he put the ball on the floor against the Pacers. He is showing a little more beast each day but I agree with Todd that it will probably be next year before we see Drew mentally and physically trust his knees. That is usually the case with NBA players recovering from one knee injury much less two in a row.
Another point of contention I have is how everybody is bashing Drew for his rebounding. The Pacers broadcasters pointed out last night that the Lakers were the only team in the league with three players averaging over 8 boards per game. Further, Pau and Lamar are among the top rebounders in the league and Pau plays significantly more minutes than Drew. Drew is slowly trusting his knees more and more and you can see him really soar a few times every game. He is getting better every day.
I also think fans have not given Jordan Farmar enough credit for how well he has played the last few weeks. If the Farmar Thrashers think that Jerry Buss is going to take on $50M contracts and trade expiring contracts like Ammo and Sasha, each of whom will save the team $10M the next two years, for players older and in my opinion not as good as Farmar, who they can tie up for next year for just $2.8M…Hell, I’ll bet their the same group of fantasy fetishists who wanted to trade Drew for Bosh. Check the stats between Jordan, Shannon, and Fisher. Farmar is playing the best. And the fans calling for Arenas, Heinrich, and Harris are ignoring some damn good point guard play from him.
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Kaman isn't an All-Star because, in spite of his solid stats, his TEAM is sub .500. It's all about the winners, these days. back in the 80's when there were less teams and by extension less players (rosters were also smaller), a fellow or two on a sub .500 team could slip through the All-Star cracks, but traditionally (and especially as team size has grown as well as new teams) they have been from winning teams.

Is it fair? Probably not, but neither is life. If Kaman's so bound and determined to be an All_Star, he has to elevate not just his play, but his team's. All-Star's are like mini MVPs.

Troll Man,

You can't be serious! Kaman gets schooled by Drew.
Watch Drew's athleticism.

I know that we want Drew to be more mature and deserve to be on the All-Star team. But, many an immature, big baby, narcisistic, selfish, and underserving player has made the All-Star team above him. Including this very season.

That's why the whole selection process is such crap.

No was Amare should make it as a Center. As such there should have been room for Gasol and Bynum/Kaymen. Period.

Amare could have been a backup if he could out muscle the Bynum/Kaymen duo.

Kaymen should have kept his mouth shut, at least till after the voting was made and not try so hard to shoot himself in the foot.

At any rate, Gasol is derserving. Kaymen was snubbed. Bynum needs to try again next year, but immaturity should not be a reason he didn't make it, since other's even more immature are playing this very season.

Just my opinion,


Preach it, Brother. I am with you all the way.


Troll Man,
You can't be serious! Kaman gets schooled by Drew.
Watch Drew's athleticism.
Posted by: JustaLakerFan | January 28, 2010 at 07:43 PM

Justa, while that video shows Bynum being very physical and dominant, most of those videos are pretty old (two injuries ago!). You can see Mihm, JCrit, and Turiaf.

I think what was being said (in this post and his other post)is that Bynum THIS year isn't as physical or athletic. Fair or not, he's not as spry as he once was. Maybe it's the brace, maybe as some here are saying, he isn't all the way back from his injury (injuries).

"Did I detect a remote touch of Bynum Bashing by MM in his headline? Just kidding. Pau certainly deserved to be on the All-Star team and while I was disappointed that Drew did not make the team, there was obviously no injustice in it. His mediocre play in December is what derailed his campaign. I’m sure Drew was disappointed too but he knows that is just frosting on the cake and all that really counts is championships. And he is only 22 years old. I’ll bet Kobe doesn’t even remember how many times he was selected but he will never forget how many rings he has."
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Posted by: LakerTom | January 28, 2010 at 07:02 PM

That was so beautiful to read, Tom.
And a further evidence that even if (like anybody else of us here) you are opinionated and have your best valuable "babies" in the roster, at the end of the day you're objective regarding the roster itself, and can evaluate clearly out of love.

I couldn't agree more with your post.

Pau deserves the All Star, cos it's about the global and already proven skill and class of the player when it's up to the coach vote, not just stats.
If all of NBA coach had to chose between Pau and the supposed leftovers of the West selection, and we could repeat the voting 1'000 times, guaranteed Pau would ALWAYS be in.

He's just that great of a player.

Kaman, seriously, just has to take an anger management class cos his loser and whining attitude won't bring him anywhere.
It's also easier to be "great" statistically wise in a team like the Clippers, once you have a decent skill at play.
Not that he would be EVER dignified for it, but move Kaman into LakerLand and his stat would just painfully drop. *painfully*.

About Drew, I am secretely (well, not so secretely) hoping the obvious burn of his exclusion will push him at doing amazingly well from now on, consistently, so to prove to his critics and everybody around him that he actually deserves that spot they denied him.

This would be so valuable for us, I drool literally at the mere tought.

But Pau, well, SURE he's an all star.
Every coach would love to have him in ANY team.

I am sure the only one worried is PJ: he will intensively focuse on all satori powers to obtain that Pau doesn't get injuried again due to All Star's effort...

i'm glad drew didn't make it. mainly because I want him to be more driven to work on his game and work on his attitude.

it's been clear that drew has some attitude issues and a lot of selfishness in wanting to score as soon as he touches the ball. I think making the all-star game would not have helped his ego or his drive. seeing that he was close but not quite there... hopefully will not make him blame others, but humbly recognize he has more work to do and become a better player in the process.

I want you to make it there drew, but for your sake, glad you didn't make it this time around. Just get better, less selfish, and let the game come to you.

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