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Phil Jackson defends Andrew Bynum's decision to delay surgery

There's plenty of news to take away from Phil Jackson's news conference: He expects Kobe Bryant to play some minutes when the team travels to Europe. He acknowledged taking an undisclosed pay cut to come back for another year. And he kept the possibility open that "The Last Stand," may be, well, not really the last stand.

Jackson also said he doesn't expect Lakers center Andrew Bynum to play in any preseason games, and he kept open the possibility open that Bynum could miss the season opener Oct. 26 against the Rockets. Instead of blaming Bynum's delayed surgery on his right knee for the situation, he pointed a finger toward the entire organization.

"We hadn't prepared, and Andrew certainly hadn't prepared, for the fact it would take an extra month and a half or so to rehab this type of surgery," Jackson said during the 40-minute news conference. "I know he's getting battered a little bit. We could've had the operation earlier. But the end result is what it's going to be like in May and June."

Jackson said Bynum discussed his proposed surgery date -- July 18 -- during his exit interview with the coach and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, and that both agreed to the date.

Jackson said Bynum wanted to hold off so he could travel to the World Cup, and that he liked the idea because it would help Bynum relax from a grueling season.

The surgery date was then pushed back to July 28 because Bynum's doctor wasn't available until then.

Check out more in the video below.

-- Mark Medina
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Really wish I could have listened to this press conference. I love the fact that Phil stands behind Drew, but REALLY love the fact that this might not be his last season!!! SUCH GOOD NEWS!

I'm so ready for the weekend.

GO LAKERS!!!!

I defer to Phil Jackson.

Mark you are slow today when I posted that.

"I'm utterly confused. I (and most so-called experts) felt that the Lakers improved their two time defending roster. Blitz, I have news for you, but heaping praise on winners is an appreciative, non-spoiled approach as opposed to going out of your way to constantly criticize the players who helped get us here. This isn't the Florida Marlins who conducted a fire sale after they won the World Series. This is a franchise DEDICATED to its fans and DEDICATED to winning. "

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | September 24, 2010 at 01:54 PM
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Once again Mr. Police man comes up. I think you really can't keep your promises. I never said one bad thing and you go and keep being Mr. Police man.

The fact is the Hobbit NEVER criticized the Lakers. What he criticized was the constant "oh the Heat are going to be a sucky team because they have no front line" or whatever. Then ya' 'll go out of your way and be a little BRAT about it because he disagreed with Laker Tom.

Did he slander Laker Tom? No. Did he call Laker Tom a name? No. All because he said Laker Tom shouldn't be so hard on the Heat you take it as an insult and slam him.

Are you going to give me a ticket now?

Posted by: KB Blitz | September 24, 2010 at 02:09 PM
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Officer 888 here. Ladies and Gentlemen, once again, we are in the Blitz Spin Zone! It took you only 4 words this time ... "Once again Mr. Policeman" ... to spin that post out of context.

1) I was simply agreeing with Lewstrs, who had enough of hobbitmage's crap for the day, while you played cop defending hobbit, by making the ABSOLUTEY ABSURD comment that those fans who seemingly can't bring themselves to drool all over the newly formed Heat are somehow "spoiled" fans. At least that's how it came across in Cyberspace. I simply needed to point out the TRUTH about who the spoiled and unappreciative fans are and they are not the group who you call "spoiled."

2) Why did you mention LakerTom? I didn't bring him up, so why did you? As soon as I saw this comment about the imaginary D-Fish/Mike Miller "match up," I went the Men's Room, puked, and came back to respond to that foolishness. I thought my comments were actually funny. I had no idea he even mentioned LakerTom in his post, but I take this with a grain of salt because we're in the Blitz Spin Zone.

3) Let me make this as clear as I possibly can. I DO NOT read hobbitmage's posts because they are condescending, belittling, exaggerated, paranoid and lacking a certain perspective that is required of a sophisticated Lakers fan. He is in the class of unappreciative, spoiled fans who I want nothing to do with. So please don't spin the content of my posts into something they are not when I didn't even read the dude's prose (other than one short sentence unrelated to LakerTom as far as I knew). Of course, I haven't combed through three (3) years of archives, but why should I? Hell, he wouldn't need to comb through the archives from my other forum to figure out what I'm all about.

4) However, I DO read Lew's posts and it takes a lot to get Lew to tee off on someone, so I simply added to his astute observations. I know Lew. Lew is a friend of mine. And Mr. Blitz, your buddy hobbitmage is no Lew.

MM, I did not watch the interview on TV, is he wearing slippers or sandals? Champs are on manana mood extended vacation time on the way to London. Drew should stay home as a punishment. hoho... he's bs'ing me now via LT. Who'll spend for the trip, Lakers or NBA? London is a very expensive city. Here is a question to our wizards like LTLF or anybody, does UK have a good b'ball prospect for NBA?

Yup the name calling started the "Blitz Spin Zone".

1) Of course. Fans who just dismiss the Heat as a "bad team" and when disagreed they are instantly smitten those who disagree as "haters" or on the "Heat bandwagon". What about the Thunder if I said that they would be a team to be concerned about and people go out of their way and label them as "you are so smitten over the Thunder when we beat them in the playoffs". It's getting to the point where we can't even disagree with you guys!

2) The post was to Laker Tom's comments about how the Heat were a team that was going to implode because of egos and/or not as good team because their games are different or such. Hobbit said that's not true then Lew (no offense man) goes and says he's on the Heat bandwagon (and I talked to Lew and he understands now though obviously disagree with Hobbit in a nice way unlike you).

3) All the time you go and has to target me or Hobbit because of a post? See why the police man thing is back? Heck do I have to say every team is GARBAGE and every player sucks so I don't have to worry about you? Why don't you target sonny for his Pro-Kings posts? Oh I get I get targeted because I'm not an ultra-optimist and it's a crime to be objective instead of dismissing the rest of the NBA.

Thanks for your post it seems that my posts are either stupid or something that needs to be banned if it isn't pro-Lakers.

3) All the time you go and has to target me or Hobbit because of a post? See why the police man thing is back? Heck do I have to say every team is GARBAGE and every player sucks so I don't have to worry about you? Why don't you target sonny for his Pro-Kings posts? Oh I get I get targeted because I'm not an ultra-optimist and it's a crime to be objective instead of dismissing the rest of the NBA. Thanks for your post it seems that my posts are either stupid or something that needs to be banned if it isn't pro-Lakers.
Posted by: KB Blitz | September 24, 2010 at 04:39 PM
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All I have to say is...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

Just reading KobeMVP888's post make me feel like I'm being scolded by my dad. **shudders**

I've said it before, I do not want to be on the other side of the negotiating table from counselor 888.

As for PJ defending Bynum's surgery date, hey, if it's good enough for the greatest professional sports coach of all time, that's the last I'll bring it up too.

I don't defer to Phil Jackson on this one.

Is Andrew an adult or a child?
Are the Lakers paying him a living wage of 10 million dollars?
Is playing importing to Andrew or is watching others play important?

Why not let the starting 5 sit out the first two months of the season, if all that is important May and June?

I was on the fence and just an onlooker concerning AB before this, but now I don't want him on the team. Trade him for anyone who works hard. Anyone.

Gotta love Phil, eventhough he is in Montana relaxing, you can tell he has his finger on the pulse of this team. He appears confident and realistic about the Lakers upcoming season, and more importantly, he is not closing the door on next year.
GO LAKERS!

Please all, we are bickering like spoiled children - the whole lot of us, myself included!

We're on the eve of Laker training camp, the evening before media day, in the middle part of a probable Laker dynasty, with Kobe's abilities still near their peak and much of the team in their primes, with Phil Jackson winding down. This will go down as one of the finest periods of time in Laker history, and we're all here to enjoy it.

Please, all of us, let's calm things down and not let this bantering start spinning out of control. Things could be so much worse, we could be Kings fans like Sonny Belfast - now that would be depressing!

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utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER: "Regarding CyberCosmiX's name: IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!"
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wow, CyberCosmiX is actually liked, can't believe it. I always thought of it kind of in a nerdy way lol. I guess even something ugly grows on us the more we see it... lol

Nickname vote standings:
CyberCosmiX=8 (LRob, Dan 'The Man' Loumena, phred, puddle, Troy B, Edwin Gueco, JustaLakerFan, utzworld)
CCX=3 (LEWSTRS, LakerTom, J-Dizzle)


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I leave you all for now with this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AIlz08fZos

Is the Laker FO all powerful in the NBA? I keep reading lines from various poster (and some posers) that we should trade Bynum or Lamar/Sasha/Luke for player XYZ. Is our FO so powerful that they just have to call the other team and tell them who they want and who the other team will take in trade? I'm no expert but I have a feeling that this is not the case and a team has to make a player available before a trade can take place. So unless I'm wrong, and I could very well be, stop with the trade Andrew for whoever, it's way old and the season isn't even here yet.

JR

Hey KB Blitz, I can't wait for your profile, what's the origin of blitz? Did u get that from the word blitzkrieg or blitz chess game. You and LTLF have photographic memory of stats and statements made in the past. This is an innocent question independent from any current high temperature reading.

P.S. No need of Erik Dampier because that would mean Andrew Dumpthisyear too. We just need to dump that NY MD, he's an HMO quack. lol!

Appreciate PJ standing up for Bynum right now. It does not change my feeling that Bynum could/should have gotten surgery far sooner (like the following week), but W.E.... it's spilt milk right now. At the time, I wasn't worried about recovery "on company time," I was worried that it basically meant AB would NOT work on his game AT ALL in the off season because he's too busy getting well.
This is another big reason why I do not see him making some enormous leap this season - he simply has not put in the time, so we'll get maybe the same player we had early last season before he aggravated the knee.

And, must say, I'm with KB Blitz here. You guys are true fanatics if you actually believe the Cheat won't be like THE top team to contend against. Sure, Boston might be able to beat em in a series... I'm hoping so. It would be good news for us and for the NBA... and Puddle, quite frankly... dude got PAID!


Is there any wonder why PJ is such a great leader. When he feels his players need a little love he shows it. When he thinks they need criticizing he'll do it. And he always finds a clever way to zing the competition. I love how he slid in the part about player "collusion".


@ JustaLakerFan - talking about the way back time maching. I haven't listened to that Chamber Brothers in eons. In fact, probably haven't heard them since A Tribe Called Quest sampled them on "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

@Hobbit - I didn't see anything flamatory at all in your posts. Keep giving us your side of the story.

I was on the fence and just an onlooker concerning AB before this, but now I don't want him on the team. Trade him for anyone who works hard. Anyone.
Posted by: Otis | September 24, 2010 at 05:12 PM
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Otis,

I know you believe in old school grit (I do too), because I remember when you posted how Bird played a good part of his career without ligaments on the middle finger of his shooting.

Drew is not like Bird or Kobe in that sense. But he still brings tremendous value to the team. I believe you're saying this out of frustration...and a lot of bloggers here agree with you regarding his delayed surgery....but I also believe that come playoffs when Drew is being a difference maker in the playoffs you'll forgive him.

LRob: "Is there any wonder why PJ is such a great leader. When he feels his players need a little love he shows it. When he thinks they need criticizing he'll do it. And he always finds a clever way to zing the competition. I love how he slid in the part about player "collusion"."
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This is so true, he really knows what to say, in just the right way, and puts things out there that makes people say 'hmmm....'.

He treats players differently, each in their own way. He is a master of tweaking players in just the right way, and maximizing their efforts in the process. He is very good at pushing the right buttons, and he lets them set their own agenda's, play their own style games.

Many coaches feel like they have to control everything, every aspect of the game, rather than fit their coaching style around their players best assets. Phil is such a coach, he lets the players figure things out, and find their way to go about winning games, all within the framework of the triangle offense, of course.

I remember when Phil joined the Lakers for the first time, I think it was Horry that he was hard on in that first practice or two, and Horry felt hurt. Well, Phil soon changed how he approached him, and after that just look what happened.

The Lakers are very fortunate to have probably the finest pro basketball coach of all-time. We're fortunate as fans to watch him coach our fave team.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

I've been reading this blog for a few years now. Posted once or twice. But, this thread reminds me of everything I love about being here. I love the Laker Love, the passion and conviction from other laker fans and yes, trolls. I can't wait until I can watch my beloved Lakers start another journey. Another chance to feel the joy of victory or sadness of defeat. I'll try to post more. This is kinda fun.

The Lakers are very fortunate to have probably the finest pro basketball coach of all-time. We're fortunate as fans to watch him coach our fave team.


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX (or CCX - You decide!) | September 24, 2010 at 06:01 PM


Now if he can just figure out the whole timeout situation.... ha, ha, ha.

BTW, CCX or the original, as long as it's not CyberComic..... no one will take you serious then. lol.

Otis: "I was on the fence and just an onlooker concerning AB before this, but now I don't want him on the team. Trade him for anyone who works hard. Anyone."
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Plaschke has struck again...

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MM: Shouldn't have Plaschke been responsible enough to post that surgery was delayed by the fact that they wanted to give some time for his inflammation and swelling to decrease, as well as the fact they needed to perform the surgery based on his surgeons schedule?

They were even quoting Plaschke's story on Around the Horn and P.T.I. shows this afternoon. He's tainting Bynum by giving the impression he went to the World Cup instead having surgery. Isn't that slanted reporting by Plaschke, and if so how does the sports editors at the Times let him get away with that?


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Nickname vote standings:
CyberCosmiX=8 (LRob, Dan 'The Man' Loumena, phred, puddle, Troy B, Edwin Gueco, JustaLakerFan, utzworld)
CCX=3 (LEWSTRS, LakerTom, J-Dizzle)

Laker J: "Now if he can just figure out the whole timeout situation.... ha, ha, ha.
BTW, CCX or the original, as long as it's not CyberComic..... no one will take you serious then. lol."
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LOL on Phil's timeouts - or lack thereof. He does seem to want to punish them at times it seems, like 'you guys are playing bad, don't expect me to call timeout and bail your butts out!' - something like that lol.

I don't know if anyone takes me serious around these parts as it is... lol
I'll log your vote down for CCX, since it is losing big time, make things more even lol.

Nickname vote standings:
CyberCosmiX=8 (LRob, Dan 'The Man' Loumena, phred, puddle, Troy B, Edwin Gueco, JustaLakerFan, utzworld)
CCX=4 (LEWSTRS, LakerTom, J-Dizzle, Laker J)


GO LAKERS!!!!!


OK, here's a Laker trivia question, no cheating!
What year did channel 9 (KHJ-TV, KCAL-9) start televising Laker games?

IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG SEASON !!!
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One of the things that Lakers Bloggers need to learn from Phil Jackson is not to let themselves get to high or too low especially early in the season. I mean we haven’t even had camp and I’m hearing bloggers calling Andrew Bynum a bum and demanding that he be traded – all over nothing. What’s the regular season much less the playoffs going to be like at this pace? MM might as well turn off instant posting right now so we can get used to how it’s going to be. It’s a long season. Chillax, guys.
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TOM

Tru That LT. I'ts been a long off season, it's going to be a long pre-season, and an even longer, regular season. But what do you expect from Lakerholics, that's why it's an addiction, we want that championship fix now! Obviously, we need to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. At the end of the day civility, and triumph over adversity shall prevail. GO LAKERS.........and I mean NOW!

I'm in total agreement that if PJ retired, whoever we replaced him with would've called timely time outs, ridden his players hard in the regular season, put together some extended winning streaks, won 65-70 games, and would've earned the #1 overall seed.

That team would also probably go on to flame out in the second round of the playoffs.

LRob; You've got a valid point - I'm looking at this through 50-something brainwaves. Still . . . . . .

This Laker team is no place for the ordinary 23 year old. He's been with men for five years now and still . . . . . . maybe Portland would do him good - not much of a winning legacy up there.

Personally, I'd rather the Lakers unload Andrew Bynum to some Eastern Conference team like the Hawks, Bulls, Nets or Bucks, who could really use him. But they'd have to gut part of their corps group of youngsters to take on Bynum's salary unless the Lakers are willing to virtually give him away in a salary/busted-up-guy dump.

Then again, Blazer backer that I am, I wish Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla could stay healthy so that along with Marcus Camby and LaMarcus Aldridge the P-Town ensemble would have four competetent big men -- three of them 7-footers -- to battle the Western Conference powers.

But that's not how it is. Blazers big men are always injured and the Lakers are not giving up on Bynum anytime soon. We all know that when healthy, out of foul trouble and in the game that Bynum can be a difference-maker (like the duo of Oden-Pryzbilla). You can't teach 7-foot tall and athletic.

And I said it yesterday: You guys have taken it to mid-season level before the opening of training camp. I'd expect nothing less!

Thanks to the voices of reason as the sniping gets out of hand. Enjoy and play (relatively) nice.

Andrew's decision to delay surgery was brilliant!!
Props Andrew!!!!!

Heck, when he does come back, Phil would be wise to give this kid Yao Ming type minutes...24 MAX!!

We just need him to be healthy 8 months from now, regardless how it gets done.

PJ doesn't have a reputation standing up for his players, but this time he did. Good for him, it must be Jeannie's influence of course.

So let me get this straight, Drew had the Lakers permission to hold off surgery, because the normal healing would have him playing in time for camp.

So in hindsight, it would have been prudent to do it soon after the Finals.

Not wanting to change the subject, but what is wrong with Drews healing time? Why is it taking so long, much longer than the experts predicted? Did they find more damage when operating? Did he do something wrong on the road to recovery? (like carrying Playboy Bunnies again?) lol

What's with Phil and the time-outs? I thought he used them well in the playoffs. (Jeannie's influence of course) I guess his well deserved reputation is hard to live down.

Nellie out in Golden State http://yhoo.it/bkyszS and Kelly Dwyer really rips into him.

I say what else do you expect from a cheating, low-life keltic scumbag? I'm surprised he didn't trade Monta Ellis for Scalabrine.

btw KobeMVP888,

Again I apologize for the rude posts but again the police man thing really has to stop.

If Phil ain't worried, neither am I...let the Zen Begin! GO LAKERS on to that 3PEAT!

Meathead alert!

JustaHater is just making his evening sweep of rival blogs to poke the bears . . . are you really going to take the bait?

Hibernate for a bit longer. Then continue your own discourse aside from his taunts.

In looking over Phil's pronouncements today I feel the single most important thing to take away is that's he's in full beardology mode. Yup all hair follicles are sprouting full speed ahead, and we're in for a season to remember.

It doesn't matter who we play. It doesn't matter who plays. The beard shall prevail. I'm thinkin' MVB (Most Valuable Beard) is a shoe-in.


It's the meds! The meds I tell ya!

Well, if you guys can take a break from arguing about news from June, I sent out the first round of invites for fantasy basketball. Check your email.

If you haven't sent me an email yet;

phredphredington@yahoo.com

Oh, and I've decided that Plashke is a better troll than Justa Hater.

Jeez he has taken some old news and ignited a ((@$storm.

Just keep starving...just keep starving...


...but I will make JUSTA HATER a deal: I'll polish your 1 championship ring if you promise to polish all 16 of ours.

hi utz - how you been?? hope all is well my friend.....

Nice job everyone, we didn't take the bait and the troll starved to cyber death.

Watching NBA TV a recap of 2010 championship run with commentary from Phil, Kobe, and many others.

w KobeMVP888,

Again I apologize for the rude posts but again the police man thing really has to stop.

Posted by: KB Blitz | September 24, 2010 at 08:00 PM
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What policeman thing? I was simply reacting to Lew's post. Lew is a diplomatic and otherwise calm and positive, optimistic and realistic poster who was the glue and leader in the forum we came from. Your buddy hobbitmage finally blew Lew's gasket and I merely elaborated on Lew's reaction, which is the same way your buddy rubs me. It takes a LOT for Lew to react that way. The wrong way, that is. Then YOU jumped in and, for all intents and purposes, played cop. This isn't a frat house and I'm not a pledge (even if I haven't combed these archives ... ROFLMFAO!!)

So before you accuse me of anything, look in the mirror. You are very smart, very clever and spin things in a way that a majority of the readers will buy when you do that. You are very good. In fact, you have my utmost respect. I just don't buy it, especially when you take me out of context. Others might not recognize when you do that and I don't expect them to because they have no reason to, but I see right through it.

I enjoy your posts and read them, as opposed to those of your prodigal son. Until he changes his condescending delivery, which someone will have to bring to my attention, I have no interest in reading his belittling, vitriolic, non-sensical blathering drivel. But please don't take that personally because it has nothing to do with you.

Sorry.

HONESTLY, I WANT DREW TO START PLAYING RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE HE'S MY FAVORITE PLAYER. BUT REALISTICALLY IN ORDER TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP HE SHOULD PLAY THE LAST 30 GAMES OF THE SEASON AND THAT'S IT BECAUSE HE GETS INJURED LAST 30 TO 40 GAMES INTO THE SEASONS THE PAST 3 SEASONS.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | September 24, 2010 at 12:18 PM

This post from LAKER TRUTH is from the previous thread, I'm not gonna actually post it here because it's too long. And yes, I'm that far behind in the comments right now.

@LAKER TRUTH
You refuted the argument "regular season and HCA are irrelevant". I do agree that the regular season and HCA is very relevant. With that said, let me add to the comments that you were refuting. In the early part of the season most teams are no where near at the level of play they will be by the middle of the season. THAT is a big reason I say missing a couple early games is no big deal. This Laker team is more than deep enough to withstand Drew missing a little of the early season. For reference look at last season with Pau, who is more important to this team than Drew right now.

You talked about Plashke and Ding - I have nothing to say on this.

You refuted the opinion that he deserves a vacation. I really beg to differ on this one. EVERY player on a title team deserves a little vaca. after the season. Winning a title takes a lot out of players, hence the rarity of repeats, threepeats, etc. This is especially true in both Kobe and Drew's cases this year with the injuries they were playing through. He had just gone through a VERY long and tough battle, and you're asking him to immediately go through a surgery and rehab without giving his body and mind any rest? That's a tough thing to ask of any player. The fact is, the rest may end up doing wonders for him in this upcoming season, it usually does for all players. The track record of players not taking any rest in the off season (look at Olympic teams) is not very good.

I'll combine the last two into one. You refuted "it's nothing like Shaq's company time" and relayed a statement from Mitch that he is disappointed that Bynum will miss the preseason. Yes it is different than Shaq's because the Lakers were just fine with Bynum's surgery date. I know that this thread and PJ's statements were not available when you wrote that, but I had been arguing that for a while now. I don't remember where, but I was pretty sure that I read a statement from the team before his surgery and it led me to believe that the there was no problem with the timing. Now there is a statement from PJ that the coach and team had agreed upon the date of the surgery. Everyone was just hoping for him to be available sooner and it didn't happen. That is what Mitch was disappointed about, not the surgery date. The reason I say this is different than Shaq is my firm belief that if the Lakers told Bynum to get the surgery in the first week of July, he would have done it. Shaq did not care what the team wanted. Totally different.

Troy B

Perfect. You are a voice of reason.

I think anyone who thinks Andrew didn't deserve a vacation should go to their employer and willingly give up their paid time off for the good of the company.

Just my 2 cents.

I don't know what the rest of you are smoking but the only time Andrew Bynum show any dedication to working out was the summer (07) Kobe ripped him which coincidentally was his contract option year. He got hurt during the season in which he showed great advances in his game, hence the Kobe comment about "the player he'd been praying for". He signed his extension before the start of the following season and has reverted to his lazy self again.
Look for another strong work ethic in 2011/12 because the following year is the "team option" contract year.

Trade rumors, geez, people are so stupid...as if.

Remember Perkins will be out for the rest of 2010 whom AB slammed on game 6. Drew deserves to rehab properly in order to get him healed properly.

Go Lakers!!! Three-peat!!!

"I think anyone who thinks Andrew didn't deserve a vacation should go to their employer and willingly give up their paid time off for the good of the company.

Just my 2 cents.

Posted by: puddle | September 24, 2010 at 10:49 PM"

I do, but you know what that means? I'm a fool and in violation of company and union contract. Putting closer to getting fired. Goathead. (aka "Go ahead").

Phil Jackson donning the George Lucas beard and preparing for another Stars Wars Epic Trilogy...

"Help me Kobe-Wan-Kenobe. You're our only hope."
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GO LAKERS!!!!!! ONE, TWO, THREE-PEAT TO THE THIRD POWER!!!!!!!!!

Yay, KobeMVP88 & KB Blitz have made up! Can we all please affirm that we are together again, one blog, one familia, one love (the Lakers) - or in the case of the occasional trolls (troll away, we need you guys here too to keep us all honest!). We need to be together at least for one night, the eve of training camp media day.

Please, can we all affirm we are together on the blog, if only that? Trolls and Laker-blinded blogsters alike (which I may be one...)? On the media day eve, can we be together as one???

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Dan L: May I address this question - originally intended for MM - to you?

"Shouldn't have Plaschke been responsible enough to post that surgery was delayed by the fact that they wanted to give some time for his inflammation and swelling to decrease, as well as the fact they needed to perform the surgery based on his surgeons schedule?

They were even quoting Plaschke's story on Around the Horn and P.T.I. shows this afternoon. He's tainting Bynum by giving the impression he went to the World Cup instead having surgery. Isn't that slanted reporting by Plaschke, and if so how does the sports editors at the Times let him get away with that?"


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Humananomaly -

Not exactly sure what your post meant, but I was just making a point. Not really intended to be taken literally haha

SHOULD THEO START UNTIL DREW IS READY?
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Since it now looks as if Drew is going to miss the first few regular season games, the Lakers have an opportunity to find out whether Theo Ratliff can fill in for Andrew Bynum as our starting center. Starting Theo would enable Lamar Odom to remain in his normal 6th man role and Steve Blake, Matt Barnes, and the rest of this season’s bench mob to start to develop chemistry and teamwork. After all, this was one of the purported benefits cited when signing Theo Ratliff in the first place.
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To me, this makes better sense than having Pau start at center with Lamar replacing him at power forward because it avoids the negative domino impact to the bench of taking away Lamar Odom. Assuming that Theo can still defend the rim, it also allows the other Lakers starters to play their normal roles and positions, especially Pau Gasol, who enjoys better matchups at power forward. Finally, the move allows the Lakers bench to continue to be a change of pace versus the starters.
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Another interesting experiment I would like t0 see the Lakers try while Drew is injured is giving Derrick Caracter a chance to start a few games, either at center or along side Pau at power forward. He has the physical size and weight to match up well with players like the Celtics Big Baby who gave Lamar Odom fits during the Finals. DC reminds me of guys like Adrian Dantley and Charles Barkley who knew how to use their bulk and physicality to make up for their lack of height. I would like to see what this kid can do. He may well be our future starting power forward after Pau.
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At any rate, when one door closes, another opens and the docs finding more damage than expected when they operated on Drew,(which is the real reason for the recovery time turned out to be longer) may be a blessing in disguise because it will give the Lakers a chance to find out early what they have in Theo Ratliff and Derrick Caracter. My bet is we’ll find our front court now 2 deeper, which would be a blessing in disguise. That’s what I’m looking forward to finding out in preseason.
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TOM

I'm all for togetherness in the eve of the start of training camp (media day). Let us be a team, a team with different personalities, different opinions, and different backgrounds, but a team nevertheless. We will go to war not with what we hoped for but with what we have, for what we have can bring us triumph. What we hoped for and what we have may be one and the same for some, and not quite for others, but it is our team....the mighty Lakers and defending World Champions. Now as fans, let us unite and lend our support, our gratitude, and our collective cheers to OUR team and every player in it. GO LAKERS!!!!

I'm not sure why Plaschke didn't know about the surgery being delayed by excessive swelling or the surgeon's schedule. It appears he played off Mitch Kupchak's desire to have a relatively healthy Andrew Bynum in camp instead of him rehabbing during camp and trying to get into playing shape during the regular season.

I think that's what Plaschke is taking Bynum and, to a lesser degree, the Lakers to task. Why is their prize 7-footer of the future traipsing across the globe with a damaged knee? Why isn't he being cared for with the utmost concern and having surgery at the first available moment? Don't we know Bynum's injury history . . . that he always takes longer to recover than originally expected? Lo and behold, the damage is worse than thought. Was galavanting around the world leading to the further damage?

That's the premise of Plaschke's column. Why wait until July 28 when it could have been done July 18 or July 15 or July 12. Or possibly earlier if he would have stayed here, gotten the swelling down sooner, etc.

And I think Kupchak's comments on the situation played into Plaschke's premise. In hindsight, were there mitigating circumstances that make Plaschke's criticism seem extra harsh? Possibly. But his premise of treating Bynum with greater care and repairing the damage in his knee sooner than July 28 is worthy of debate.

Laker Tom,
You can be assured that Phil will experiment with different frontcourt lineups including all the scenarios that you mentioned. He will do so in the preseason, or as he called them, exhibition games. However, once the regular season begins, I believe he will start Gasol and Odom. The issue will be minutes at those positions and the combos he will develop in substitutions until Drew comes back. No doubt we will see more Theo, and hopefully more Caracter on the floor.

CyberCosmiX, the previous post was addressing your question, first asked of Mark Medina, whose been on assignment the last two afternoons/evenings and now myself.

LakerTom, that's a good question. Should Theo Ratliff start? I'm guessing Phil Jackson will put Lamar Odom in the starting lineup and bring the 37-year-old Ratliff off the bench. But it's a very interesting question because I've always thought Odom needed to be a catalyst with the second unit. But with veterans like Steve Blake and Matt Barnes now on the second unit, I think you'll have better leadership than in the previous two runs to the NBA Finals.

LAKERS NEWS !!!
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LAKERS CENTER BYNUM COULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE
By Elliot Teaford for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune
http://www.sgvtribune.com/sports/ci_16170062
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LAKERS & PHIL JACKSON HAVE THE PIECES FOR A RUN AT A THIRD STRAIGHT NBA TITLE
By Mike Bresnahan for the LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/lat-andrew-bynum-itn-sl,1,5943079.storylink
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JACKSON CLARIFIES BYNUM STATUS
By Eric Pincus for Hoopsworld
http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?STORY_ID=17411
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TOM

Uh, Cyber - where did you get the notion that surgery was delayed for swelling issues? World Cup? World Cup? On a list of things to accomplish, World Cup was on top? Then the doc wasn't available 'til lake July. Do let me know if I'm in error - really.

Does Andrew skate board? Or, maybe skim board. Video games, yeah - that's it. Which comic books does he read? Hope it's Batman. Point is, I get that he's a child - good players are not children at his age.

Have you ever considered a defensive lifestyle as a prototype for Andy? Prepare for all contingencies and cover all bases. He didn't. Never has.

On the eve of the start of the new season...

I offer a prayer...

Now I lay me down to sleep...
I pray my Lakers the Lord to peak...
If we back 2 back 2 back...
I pray the Haters shut their smack...

Now I pray the bling we reap...
From Boston there is not a peep...
The Miami Hear will lose all face...
God please put them in their place...

Now I pray our Lakers stay strong...
No injuries, good health we cruise along...
Give Kobe strength, and PJ wisdom...
God please bless the Laker Kingdom...

Amen

Hey guys. Sorry for lack of posts later today. As I mentioned before, I was pulled this week to help with a high school assignment

MM

MM, are you going back to high school? How many bloggers are you going to ban this season? lol!

I'd rather see a strong and healthy Bynum from the All-Star weekend through the playoffs and peaking at the Finals for a sweep! The first 40 games don't count much and really would like to see Drew be the beast he is during the playoffs/finals. Something we have not seen.

And I think Ratliff/Caracter will get more time than Mbenga/Powell did last year.

Wouldn't it be something if Phil let Caracter take advantage of Bynum's absence in the early going and play to make us FORGET Andrew?

Wow.

AMEN Lew!


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