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Pre-season question of the day: Can Andrew Bynum make it through the season without an injury?

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The praise for Lakers center Andrew Bynum seems plentiful, but it always comes with a qualifier.

Bynum can land on the NBA All-Star team -- if he stays healthy. Bynum can become the NBA's best center -- if he stays healthy. Some argue Bynum can eventually become one of the Lakers' best centers -- if he stays healthy.

That's the frustration Lakers fans often feel with Bynum. They either are told or feel Bynum's potential is endless, as long as he avoids the injury bug. They imagine how even more unstoppable Bynum's 7-foot, 285-pound frame could become if he resembled Cal Ripken a bit. They wonder what could have been in Bynum's first five seasons had he stayed healthy, with some even believing the Lakers would've won the 2008 NBA Finals with the young center in the lineup.

The concerns will continue through training camp, beginning Sept. 25, because Bynum is expected to be limited by having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee for the second time in three years. Although the team expects him to be 100% once the regular season begins, timetables involving Bynum have often been unreliable. That means anxieties will remain, with most Lakers fans hoping for the best but nervously awaiting more bad news.

Earlier this summer, I wrote in detail about Bynum taking one step forward last season despite missing the final 13 games of the regular season because of a strained left Achilles' tendon and then hyper-extending his right knee during Game 6 of the Lakers' first-round series against Oklahoma City, causing him to played a limited role for most of the postseason. Bynum's goal to stay injury-free ultimately fell short, but the way he responded during the 2009-10 season shows he's managed to handle his injuries better and has learned to remain effective despite them.

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He didn't sit out the 2010 postseason. He drained his knee twice during the NBA Finals, a procedure he had previously opposed because of his fear of needles. And even through his physical setbacks, Bynum's presence caused match-up problems, discouraged opponents from driving to the basket and provided another option for easy rebounds and putbacks, resulting in an average of 7.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25 minutes during the NBA Finals against Boston. 

But that doesn't address the question on whether Bynum can make it through the coming season without more setbacks. Perhaps his offseason work in Los Angeles and Vancouver, which emphasized rehabilitating his knee and improving his core strength, will prove to be a preventative measure against injuries. Perhaps his ability to remain effective, albeit limited, in last year's playoffs proves sheer will and determination will be enough. And perhaps the team's anticipation that Bynum will be fully healthy after a limited training camp will become a reality.

Though there's nothing behind his injuries or surgery to suggest more problems head, based on his history, I doubt Bynum will get through next season fully healthy. But don't hold it against him. Although Bynum describes himself as "injury prone," you can't blame players for getting hurt. You can blame them for how they respond to injuries. In years past, Bynum deserved criticism for wallowing in self-pity, failing to contribute in small ways when he was hurt, and allowing any setback to stunt his growth as a player when he missed 46 regular-season games in the 2007-08 season (because of a partially dislocated kneecap suffered against the Memphis Grizzlies) and was sidelined for 32 games in the 2008-2009 season (because of a right-knee injury).

Still, that doesn't change the cold reality that Bynum's health could significantly affect the Lakers' chances of three-peating. Some may point to the Lakers' 2010 Finals win over Boston as evidence that the team can absorb a Bynum injury once again. I disagree because, frankly, the Finals result could've gone either way. I don't put stock in Doc Rivers' contention that the Celtics would've taken the 2010 NBA title had Kendrick Perkins been healthy. But I do believe that the series remained unpredictable because it featured two competitive teams that managed to counter each other's strengths every single game. Should the Lakers match up with Miami or Boston in the NBA Finals, Bynum's presence would be needed so that the Lakers would have a clear size advantage.

Of course, some of that calls for Bynum remaining healthy, raising a preseason question Lakers fans would like to know about right away, yet are understandably anxious about the final answer.

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

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Photos: Andrew Bynum in action against the Boston Celtics. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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Hopefully they brought in Theo Ratliff in just to lecture Andrew incessantly about the value of minerals.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

'Bynum deserves scorn?'

Scorn is a strong word. I usually reserve my scorn for things like moral degeneracy, criminal behavior or being an judge on American Idol.

I have to be careful though. I had a botched operation in fifth grade where they slightly damaged my scorn gland. I have to take supplements and stay away from situations where I need too much scorn. Like watching American Idol.

Some players just have a polorizing effect on fans such as Kobe and Andrew. I agree that this thread will bring on many debates but I am on the side that hopes/believes AB will be healthy this year.
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Repost from earlier thread;
Cyber,
I completely agree with your comments on AB.
I hope he plays his best to date and earns starting spot on ASTeam and does not have to be selected by coaches as reserve. Also and more so, I hope he returns to The Beast form and dominates post in Playoffs for the 3-Peat.

Now that's the ticket.

Justa

Posted by: JustaLakerFan | September 09, 2010 at 12:20 PM

phred - you're right. I think scorn was too strong. I changed it to criticism.

MM

So long as his doctors aren't leaving anything untreated (as in, he's got no other tears or anything like they left the tiny meniscus tear to get worse) and he doesn't have his teammates under or crashing into his legs he should be fine. Really you look at his history and his history is his teammates being under or crashing into his legs and doctor negligence. Bynum is more a victim of bad luck then injury prone.

MM,

Did Caracter make the weight? Are you going to put up a thread regarding that? Thanks and have a great day.

FCM- I don't know whether I should be flattered that you listened or start charging you for editing.

What, this article has been up for like fifty minutes and we don't have an argument yet?

Here in Spain we hope Bynum can stay healthy all year b/c Pau needs his toughness. Pau is 30 years old and he has and strong summer. Spain lose vs. Serbio in the World Championsip BB and the spanish media think Pau is the main reason for this lose. This media think the L.A. Lakers is the main reason Pau cant play this championship. Pau need a good year for sure in order to validate his bad year with the Spanish National Team.


KB Blitz & others,

you will appreciate this: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/457305-nba-did-kobe-bryant-and-michael-jordan-destroy-objective-thinking-of-fans

snippet:
Jordan and Bryant aren’t entirely to blame for the lost of objectivity and logical thinking in sports. After all, they don’t demand people view them as they do. All they did/ do was display the abilities that they worked incredibly hard to attain. So let's give credit where it is due.

The true villain in all this is the Modern Media. Instead of maintaining a stance of sticking to the facts. Sports-analyst have steered away from colorful-commentary to bias-opinions.

It would be perfectly fine if these biases were based on some semblance of logic and reason. But that isn’t the case. Media personalities and sporting-analyst are just looking for sound bites and grabbing headlines. They don’t care if their statements are irrational, illogical and ill-advised. They just want to be popular because popular generates the money…period!

No longer are fans offered up factual reasoning on why a player does something better than the next.

No longer is a player allowed to be considered better than another that popular opinion says is better, regardless if the numbers suggest differently.

snippet:
And to those who say the numbers aren’t important and don’t bare merit. Why even record them? Why even compare the numbers of Kobe and Jordan?
What a MVP looks like

No answers? It's not so funny when your options of ignorance are taken away? It's not so funny when you are ignored for trying to argue your beliefs and opinions?

Well now you know how minority of NBA fans feel when trying to engage the masses in healthy topics of basketball.

and for all of those who complained about negativity towards Bynum
snippet:
The days of healthy debates and reasonable analysis are nearly over. We are living in an area of subjectivity. For those to ignorant to understand that statement. It simply means people are passing judgments based on individual personal impressions, and feelings rather than external facts.

In fairness, objectivity is still an opinion. However it draws on the principal that one acts without drawing on personal emotions or prejudice.

With that said, the reason for reporting and providing analysis isn’t to be subjective or objective. The ultimate goal is to bring forth the truth. Or at least that’s what it use to be?

Apparently some folks are more concerned with creating their own realities rather than sharing in the one of everyone else.


phred - just feel flattered. please just feel flattered! I'm surprised too. I thought I was hitting a hornets nest with a baseball bat with this thread. Perhaps I should start on my next threads on how Miami will win the 2010 championship, Kobe should retire and is overrated and that Luke Walton isn't paid enough.

MM

Nemaia Faletogo - I don't know. But I will put something up as soon as we know.

MM

There is no way we can dis or wish something bad for Drew, he is our player and also our hope to bring 3-peat. The only reason why he becomes an enigma and a lightning rod at the same time when we rest all our chips and hopes solely on his shoulder. It is premature to draw conclusions on what Drew will be, let us just say he is an important weapon in the Laker arsenal. He creates mismatches when he's on the post but there is still a lot of room for improvement on his defense, foul management and season durability of 100 games. Too premature to put him in a pedestal on the same platform with Mikan, Wilt and Kareem, he's still a role player to Kobe, Gasol and Artest. It is also unfair to compare him to Campbell, Rooks or Divac when he proves to be a winner. The latter players never won anything. He is like a new stock, a very attractive IPO but little history to base on. It has lots of potentials in good times, but the overall assessment is still incomplete because the history is still being written. We need further observation and handle it with care before investing all our monies into it.

What, this article has been up for like fifty minutes and we don't have an argument yet?
Posted by: phred | September 10, 2010 at 12:08 PM

It's still the early rounds and the contestants are just feeling it other out. But once the first blow is thrown...it's on!

my gut feeling? "no"

Rocky - thanks for the breakdown on Westbrook's exploits. He's just scratching the surface of his talents and will really be something in a few years.

LRob,

We're the undercards for the main event.

What we say are non-essential because they are not debatable just plain common sense of a basketball layman. The volcanoes erupt when the molten lava could no longer resist the heat and tiny space it occupies, it needs to be spewed in the open with everything. That's my big boom theory when the stellar bloggers collides in an empty space.

CAN he stay healthy? sure!

WILL he stay healthy? that remains to be seen....

It's hard to speculate if Drew can make it through the season without an injury. I still think that except for the last one where he hyperextended his knee, all the rest were freak injuries. True, he has a predisposition to certain types of injuries due to his genetic makeup (i.e. wide hips, slightly knock-kneed) but if he takes care of business like strengthening core muscles, I think he can avoid having another major injury. I only wish him the best.

I will say this; If he can stay healthy, it will be a great success for the Lakers trainers and Drew's medical staff. Oh, and Drew.

Andrew Bynum healthy and a possiblity of getting injured but maybe not is the most important piece in the Lakers after Gasol and Kobe.


Lamar Odom when his value is this high, like right now and this very seldom it happens should be use as a trade bait for Melo. Why not if he is available, Odom and Barnes for Melo is a huge upgrade for the Lakers.


Chicago Bulls are ready to give up Loul Deng for Melo. Deng is the player Kobe wants to play with when Kobe asked for a trade, therefore Deng is worth more than Odom. Kobe wanted to leave the Lakers knowing his biggest help was Odom.


Chicago Bulls might even get rid of Noah to get Melo.


Noah consistently rebounds, hassles and defends. Can you say that about Odom, NOPE?


So why not the Lakers trying to give up Odom for Melo? By adding Barnes and Ebanks, Lakers can surely try.


I know we have a great roster now, but Lakers with CARMELO ANTHONY if he can be have is greater. What wrong with that.


Lakers can try and offer it, if if does not work, all is good. If it works even better.


ALMOST TWO HOURS AND NO DEBATE?

Wow, this has to be one of the oddest and most unforseen events on the blog. MM stirs the Bynum-pot, but alas, two hours later and still no boiling-caldron of a debate? Somebody please roll Paul Pierce's wheelchair over to me, I am dazed and confused.

Mike

MM,

don't worry. you'll get more excitement/hits as people finish working.

I'm on board with hoping Andrew can stay healthy. Everyone knows the story. If he remains healthy, he can be it all, if not well? A true Laker fan, in my humble opinion, wants the best for him personally and for the team as well. On the other hand, if he does get hurt again, well, we shall muddle through, just like the last three years (two Championships I might add!). We aren't going to have to debate trades any more. If he plays well and is healthy, great. If he gets hurt, well, he's ours, they won't be any other team that would take the risk. So stay HEALTHY my friend, Andrew. Here's hoping the BEST for you!

Everyone gets injuries it's part of the game. In fact you can get injuries outside of the court as well.

In 2003-2004 Kobe needed stitches after he said he was moving boxes in his house. Unfortunate but it happened.

Thing about Bynum's injuries is overblown. It's part of the game.

BYNUM – INJURY PRONE OR JUST BAD LUCK ???
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As a leading Bynum-Booster, I am keeping my fingers crossed hoping Drew will be able to stay healthy for this year’s regular season and playoffs. A review of his stats for the last three years shows a steady improvement and reason to hope that he will finally be able to stay healthy the entire season including the playoffs:
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2006/07 – Played in 82/82 regular season games and 5/5 playoff games – for a total of 87/87 games.
2007/08 – Played in 35/82 regular season games and 0/21 playoff games – for a total of 35/103 games.
2008/09 – Played in 50/82 regular season games and 23/23 playoff games – for a total of 73/105 games.
2009/10 – Played in 65/82 regular season games and 23/23 playoff games – for a total of 88/105 games.
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Note that the last two years, Drew has been able to increase the number of regular season games played by 15 games over the prior season. If that trend holds, he should be able to play in 80 regular season games or basically the entire regular season. Note also that the last two years, despite being injured, Drew has been able to play in all 23 playoff games and was an instrumental part of the Lakers back-to-back championships.
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Bottom line, this is a critical season for Drew and even his hardiest supporters will be holding their breath every game hoping the Lakers young center can avoid another major injury. If he can, I have no doubt that the Lakers will be able to meet the incredible challenges confronting them this season and three-peat.
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TOM

So long as his doctors aren't leaving anything untreated (as in, he's got no other tears or anything like they left the tiny meniscus tear to get worse) and he doesn't have his teammates under or crashing into his legs he should be fine. Really you look at his history and his history is his teammates being under or crashing into his legs and doctor negligence. Bynum is more a victim of bad luck then injury prone.

Posted by: J-Dizzle | September 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM

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Well stated. Could not agree more.

"Noah consistently rebounds, hassles and defends. Can you say that about Odom, NOPE? "

Um that's the reason why Coach K starts him at center over guys like Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler.

Not to mention Lamar was our second leading rebounder last year and could actually be the best if he had as much minutes as Pau did.

Your comments again just vindicated what I said about you Staples 17. As Mayweather says: Just a commentator.

I'd certainly like to think that Drew can stay healthy for the duration of the season and silence his critics who say that he is injury prone. As someone else pointed out, he is more unlucky than injury prone - his key setbacks have come as a direct result of freak occurrences, ironically caused by players on his own team crashing into him. All I can say is that I'm crossing my fingers that he goes injury free this season. Also, I do think he turned a corner last postseason by his willingness and ability to play through pain - both with respect to his self-confidence and how he is perceived by his teammates and the coaching staff. Hopefully his off-season training in Vancouver helped to prepare him for the coming season.

Nuggets will not loose Melo next year for nothing.
Which makes MELO very available right now.


The Superstars in this league are.


Kobe, James, Durant, Wade, Howard and MELO....


If you have the pieces to trade, beacuse your roster is stacked up with talent without giving up your own SUPERSTARS, you ahould atleast try. Like Chicago is doing right now.


Nuggets can use ODOM and Barnes to fill up their needs at the starting positions.


Nene/Anderson
Martin/Harringtton
Odom/Barnes
Affalo/JR Smith
Billups/Lawson


Odom and Billups are teammates already in TEAM USA and both are starting and playiong well together. That should be a plus for the Nuggets.



Gasol got traded to Lakers. Melo can too. But not if you don't try.


It is awesome to be wrong about a person sometimes.

I was one of Thriller's most vocal critics before he became a Laker and he comes here, gets his act together, wins a Championship for us, and now is out talking to kids about the importance of dealing with your crap and mental health.

Wow.

So awesome.

It's stuff like this that puts some hope into the dark cloud of cynicism that permenates most things right now.

Thank you, Thriller. Thank you for proving me wrong.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

phred

The reason there haven't been any battles yet is because no one has a crystal ball. Like MM, an educated "guess" would be that Bynum doesn't go completely injury free this season. I don't base that on the two traumatically caused knee injuries in '08 and '09, but because of the right hip, left Achilles heel strain and torn right meniscus injuries from last season. Those are the injuries of someone who may be "injury prone," although even that term can take on different connotations. Grant Hill was an injury prone player, but somehow is still lacing them up at 38 years of age. Same with Antonio McDyess, who probably never reached his potential due to injuries early in his career. Marcus Camby overcame them to become the DPOY in 2007. Nene? A traumatically induced ACL and then testicular cancer? Does that qualify him as injury prone?

Back to young Andrew. Until last season, I did not view him as injury prone because the injuries from the prior 2 seasons were trauma induced and he had experienced good health his first 2 years in the league, which included playing all 82 games in 2006-07 at a clip of 21.9 mpg. He did enter the league, however, with a history of a minor knee injury which limited the number of games he played in high school, and last year provided us with the first real evidence that perhaps his body breaks down in the absence of trauma. Let's hope that, at 22, he is still going through growing pains unlike Luke Walton (who we can now officially label as "injury prone").

The bottom line is that whether he plays 50 games or 82 games, our chances to three-peat increase dramatically if he is healthy for the playoffs this time around. If he was healthy in 2008, we may have won it. If he had been healthy this last time around, no way it goes 7 games. Let's hope for the best!

Wow, this has to be one of the oddest and most unforseen events on the blog. MM stirs the Bynum-pot, but alas, two hours later and still no boiling-caldron of a debate? Somebody please roll Paul Pierce's wheelchair over to me, I am dazed and confused.

Mike

Posted by: LakerMike | September 10, 2010 at 01:10 PM
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Lol. Well there's nothing wrong per say about Bynum that's disagreeable. It's more or less about injuries and everyone brings up a good point. It's not like "oh Bynum will become an All-Star" when people forgot the All-Star process and stuff.

Injuries are part of the game and people even though most ardent Bynum fan brings up a good point. You can get injured even boxes or even snowboarding. Don't mean you are injury prone.

@LT at 1:17 p.m.

"....Drew has been able to play in all 23 playoff games and was an INSTRUMENTAL PART of the Lakers back-to-back championships." [emphasis added]
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Let the games begin. :)

I HOPE and PRAY Bynum make it through the season without getting injured...His presence in the paint does help the team defensively...I give him my respect for showing determination and playing through the pain last season...So here's to wishing him a healthy/injury free season...Let's go for 3peat!!!

I don't think Drew is injury-prone, I just think he doesn't know where to stand and get rebounds yet. That's why his rebounding averages are so low for a 7+ footer. Somebody should be teaching him about angles and the math of rebounding.

Injury free is good...But playing defense and making the best of your opportunities on offense is better...

If AB plays all 82 games, but has paltry numbers...would all of you be happy because he was injury free for the year...

I would rather have AB playing like a BEAST...making other teams change their schemes...ruining their strategies, due to the big man down low on both ends of the floor...

Even if AB lost 2-3 weeks during the regular practice games season, but is very dominating when he is playing, and will be in top form for the playoffs...I don't care if he misses a few games due to a knick knack or two...

So yes, like all AB fans, I want him not to get injured...but more important...I want to see that same player we saw forming before he got hurt in 07-08...

IS IT REALLY THIS SIMPLE? . . .

Let me repeat an abbreviated version of the info LAKERTOM posted a little earlier. These are Bynum's games played numbers for the past three postseasons when Lakers made it to The Finals.

--'08 – Played in 0/21 playoff games
--'09 – Played in 23/23 playoff games
--'10 – Played in 23/23 playoff games

And a quick review of those three championship series...
--08 Lakers LOST (universal agreement that they were "too soft")
--09 Lakers WON (defeating Thuggets & D. Howard in the process)
--10 Lakers WON (beating Celtics at their own physical game)

Hmmmmm . . .
Mike

"The Superstars in this league are.
Kobe, James, Durant, Wade, Howard and MELO...."


Actually, THE NEW SUPERSTARS is more approptiate. Same list just take out Kobe as he belongs to the group of Duncan, Tmac, Carter, Shaq, Iverson. His group have all been replaced except him. He is probably the on;y one left still standing playong at a high level.


Which makes it even more important for the Lakers to go after MELO, because as Kobe ages, Lakers won't have a Superstar status on their roster. While others have 2 or 3 in one team.

I don't think Drew is injury-prone, I just think he doesn't know where to stand and get rebounds yet. That's why his rebounding averages are so low for a 7+ footer. Somebody should be teaching him about angles and the math of rebounding.

Posted by: rage777 | September 10, 2010 at 01:30 PM

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Disagree. Yes, there clearly is room for improvement in those areas but he plays alongside Lamar Odom or Pau Gasol. The former eats glass for a living and the latter is a bona fide superstar. There are only so many basketballs to go around (1) and last season their 36 mpg rebounding averages were: Gasol (11.0), Odom (11.2) and Bynum (9.9). If you assume that the biggest, strongest, longest body of the 3 attracts the most attention, then it is logical that more rebounds would be available to the other big on the floor. Having said that, I am sure that the Lakers were thrilled with the rebounding distribution among those 3 players last season. To compare, in 1999-00, Shaq averaged 12.3, Horry 7.7 and AC Green 9.1 per 36 mpg. (Actual: Shaq (13.6 in 40.0 mpg); Green (5.9 in 23.5 mpg); Horry (4.8 in 22.2 mpg) vs. Gasol (11.3 in 37.0 mpg); Odom (9.8 in 31.5 mpg); Bynum (8.3 in 30.4 mpg). )

There are many ways to look at this and your explanation is just a small part of it. Regardless, the Lakers 4-5 combo is the best rebounding group in the NBA, bar none and they all help out each other.

Laker Mike,

They were on a lunch break at 1:00, now they got back to the blog here they come. lol! Lakers Blog where Bynum debates is everyone's past time.

Well the fighting/arguments about Andrew hasn't started about.....yet. In the meantime, I compiled the best comments for Ron Artest's photo caption contest.

MM

IS IT REALLY THIS SIMPLE? . . .

Let me repeat an abbreviated version of the info LAKERTOM posted a little earlier. These are Bynum's games played numbers for the past three postseasons when Lakers made it to The Finals.

--'08 – Played in 0/21 playoff games
--'09 – Played in 23/23 playoff games
--'10 – Played in 23/23 playoff games

And a quick review of those three championship series...
--08 Lakers LOST (universal agreement that they were "too soft")
--09 Lakers WON (defeating Thuggets & D. Howard in the process)
--10 Lakers WON (beating Celtics at their own physical game)

Hmmmmm . . .
Mike

Posted by: LakerMike | September 10, 2010 at 01:44 PM
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Great post. Why? SCOREBOARD!

In the end, that is all that matters.

All I know is Bynum has improved every year in the last five years and he is only 22 years old. He is 7 foot 1 and 285 lbs, has offense and defense. A true dominating Center!


Inury, what injury? Everyone will get inured in baskeball. What's important is your YOUNG AND TALENTED. This is Andrew Bynum.


Old and injured, that's a different story, you have less time to play. Young and injured, you still have plenty of time to play.


We don't need Melo...trading for him this late in the off season is ridiculous...

I like the quote: "Melo saying he wants to leave Denver, won't even bring a blip on the Lakers' radar..."


Old and injured, that's a different story, you have less time to play. Young and injured, you still have plenty of time to play.


Posted by: Staples 24 | September 10, 2010 at 02:12 PM
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Which is why you would trade Bryant/Gasol/Odom because they are old.

KB Blitz

So you cherry pick one sentence from Staples 24 excellent post and take it completely out of context for the purpose of being sarcastic. Or maybe you're just trying to be funny. Did I miss something here? Must be that I'm still pledging your fraternity.

Pre-season answer of the day: No

Like everyone else, I'm hoping Big Bynum can stay injury free all year. It would be interesting to know his training program.

I think 11 rebounds a game is about all Bynum can get with Gasol and Odom also playing in top form - as KobeMVP888 correctly pointed out.

Bynum's improvements on defense this year were impressive. He IS now a presence in the middle and moved pretty well on his feet on defense when at his best; and reduced his fouling this past year.

My hope is that Bynum can also develop a good shot from the 10 to 15 foot range like Gasol has.

I think coach Jackson should get Bynum into playing more in the fourth quarter.

"Injury Free?"


How many NBA starters make it through a season "injury free?"


The question is if Drew can get through without a MAJOR injury. Well.... he can. But here are no guarantees. Ask Kobe (knee, finger, etc), Pau (2 hammys), Lamar (shoulder), Artest (foot), Walton (back), Shannon (thumb), Sasha (ankle, etc).


Yes, Drew has been hurt a the last years. Yes, it is possible those knees will hold him back. Yes, his injuries always seem to coincide with the playoffs. I get it. I worry about it. But he is not alone.


I expect him to be hurt at some point this season, just like all the other guys. I just hope it ain't serious.

Wilt,Jabbar,Big E,Russel, Lanier, Duncan and Thurmond all came into the NBA at age 22. Bynum is just 22 he's on target. Bynum came into the league undeveloped at 17. Years ago you had to finish college and most of the player that entered the league was already men. I know because i witness the play of Russell and Wilt both awesome players.

AB is on the team because baby Buss liked him & wanted him. Well bottom line is simple, AB should be used as trade bait to get rid of himself along with Sasha & the Lakers need a REAL young healthy charging center. (Like the one the Bulls have)

Marty you will be eating your words real soon. Be careful what you say.Your hate for Bynum is clouding your mind.

Bynum in 2010-2011: 75 games, 17.5 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 3.0 bpg, 2.3 apg, .625 fg%, .75ft%, 3rd NBA title.

LAKERS FAN OUT THERE I KNOW ALOT OF YOU GUYS , ALWAYS WONDERING IF ANDREW BYNUM WILL STAY HEATHY. FIRST LET GUYS KNOW THIS GUY I CALL HIMM BYNUMITE I HAVE SO MUCH CONFIDENT ON THIS CENTER THAT HE WILL BRING ALOT OF CHAMPIONSHIP TO COME . HE WILL BE ALL STAR CENTER CAUSE THE FIRST DAY LAKERS SELECTED HIM ALWAYS HAD POSITIVE ON BYNUMITE. SOMETIMES INJURIES HAPPENS BUT ITS PART OF THE SPORTS. YOU GUYS HAVE TO PATIENT BELIEVE ME HE WILL A GREAT CENTER

This is an impotant point the Laker management needs to address. There are some capable backup reserves in the league who play the center position.The Lakers should have an alternative plan if an injury occurs. Will Bynum take additional steps to get good conditioing prior to training camp.


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