Lakers Now

Round-the-Clock Purple and Gold

« Previous Post | Lakers Now Home | Next Post »

Lakers center Andrew Bynum still not ready to practice

In the timetable saga that won't quit, Lakers center Andrew Bynum said he wasn't ready to practice this week, again pushing back his return from off-season knee surgery.

"I don't think I'm ready yet," he said Monday as he stood alone off to the side and watched his teammates shoot.

He said he would need "another week or two" of off-court workouts before returning to practice.

Bynum was, however, wearing a Lakers game jersey for a promotional TV shoot at the team's training facility in El Segundo. In fact, he was one of several players singing "Jingle Bells" as part of a Lakers promotion to air on the Staples Center scoreboard next month.

Bynum has not played yet this season. He will have an MRI exam Tuesday to determine where he stands in his return from cartilage repair in his right knee.

"It feels pretty good, actually," he said. "Make sure everything's still good, and I can kick it up again."

Bynum has been cleared to jump and dunk. He hopes to begin doing lateral workouts this week if the results of the MRI are favorable.

The Lakers are in no hurry to rush Bynum, seeing how they're off to a 12-2 start. Bynum also isn't rushing back to the lineup.

"My career is still young and I want to be able to play as many years as possible," he said. "That's why I want to take my time and come back. I don't want to go out too early and then have to start all over again. Hopefully I'll come back and be in really great shape and have my body feeling well so I can go out there and stay out there."

-- Mike Bresnahan

 
Comments () | Archives (65)

The comments to this entry are closed.

Take your time, Socks. If it's ok with the FO, it's ok with me.


Drew's right. I want him healthy and productive for years to come.

Not in any rush take your time, Were good.

@ZAIRA ... Thanks for the update. I have marked August 6 down as your big and Karim’s big day. By then, of course, we will have won another three-peat. Enjoy Thanksgiving. As CCX so aptly put it, it’s sharing the time and love with the family. Just don’t forget the Lakers game on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving when retailers get their first taste of Christmas shopping) against the Jazz in Utah.
.................

TOM

Lazy bum

KB Blitz: "To be fair Cyber it's amusing when you spin things around too."
-
Cool enough. I respect that everyone here has a differing thoughts on things. You are passionate and have strong opinions, no doubt about that.

I'm still waiting on the first thing we could agree on though, lol...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 21, 2010 at 09:59 PM
=====

CCX

Just quit trying to "force your views on him" and all will be well. In other words, kiss his butt, defer to his overwhelmingly majority opinions on everything, and politely agree to disagree with him while you admit to your weak, illogical, minority point of view. Also remember to cower and admit that he's right and that you are delusional or you will risk him spinning your takes into some amorphous mass. Whatever you do, don't go toe to toe with him, because he will beat you to a pulp as he has clearly done to me. Man, did he ever put me in my place by insulting my "dead friend" and calling me a liar. I am still reeling from those thunderous right hands.

Here's a start. I'll bet you can get him to agree with you that Kobe Bryant will be among the top 10 shooting guards in NBA history once his career is over.

How's he being lazy Jay? He's working out every day, practicing, doing the things he needs to do to make sure he comes back and is perfectly healthy and doesn't suffer any big setbacks. How's that lazy?

never fails...big contract...lots of time on the disabled list. look at boozer...what a joke...pay these guys so they need to play...with peanuts. thats all most deserve anyway...spoiled pro athletes with no sense of what the fan goes through or puts up with!!!

Yes, wait till healthy, BUT, Melo anyone? I'm all for Drew, BUT, I am just concerned that we have our own Greg Oden here. Here's an interesting scenerio,
the year after this, Drew's contract is up to the Lakers, while Dwight Howard's is up to him. I think that Deron Williams and Derrick Rose are up as well. Thoughts anyone?

"My career is still young and I want to be able to play as many years as possible," he said. "That's why I want to take my time and come back. I don't want to go out too early and then have to start all over again. Hopefully I'll come back and be in really great shape and have my body feeling well so I can go out there and stay out there."
-
That is great. The Lakers have the luxury of having NO need to rush him back, in fact DC last night proved in the minutes he played last night that he can do some good things out there when given a few minutes, there is absolutely no reason he can't soak up those minutes a game that Ratliff would be seeing.

We all need Drew in April/May/June, not in November/December. Slow and cautious should be the name of the game.

The Lakers have a virtual embarrassment of riches in the frontcourt - so much so that it almost isn't fair to compare the quality of their bigs to the rest of the teams in the league. Again, Mitch deserves so much credit in assembling this incredibly deep team that he has, and of course Dr. Buss for letting Mitch do his thing.

I still think this season has all the makings of a special year, whether the Lakers set some records or not. A two-time defending champion has a very large bullseye it carries around with it. We all know what the true goal is in the end. So far, so good, lets hope that the smooth sailing continues through the regular season health wise and Drew/Ratliff's returns are without complications.

I just can't imagine - as great as they look now - how deep and downright scary-good this team will be at full strength...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

So they are doing an MRI to make sure before allowing lateral exercises? Sounds like the whole organization is leaning toward caution.


I HOPE when Drew does come back, it will mean he is 100% and we can have a healthy Socks come playoff time for a change.

Yes, wait till healthy, BUT, Melo anyone? I'm all for Drew, BUT, I am just concerned that we have our own Greg Oden here. Here's an interesting scenerio,
the year after this, Drew's contract is up to the Lakers, while Dwight Howard's is up to him. I think that Deron Williams and Derrick Rose are up as well. Thoughts anyone?

Posted by: D(erek)J(eter) | November 22, 2010 at 02:09 PM


I think Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum would be an amazing trade. I doubt the Magic would want to do that, but It would definitely make the Lakers the hardest team in the league if Pau and Dwight were in the same uniform. Not to mention we have a certain guard who's named after a steak.


I'm all in on the sign & trade for Dwight Howard bandwagon!


We don't need more scorers or run up & down the court guys....we need big man athleticism to compliment the finesse of Pau and the upcoming slowdown of Kobe's game in the years to come (not to say he would be less productive...it would just be different production).

Spoiled, Rich, Lazy, Bynum! At least Oden has an excuse. Bynum's only excuse is that he is a bum and milking the system. Let's pretend real hard like he is on progress to dominate again and then lets trade him one day before he really has to play, so no one can see how weak and fragile he reallly is!!!!!!!!!

CCX

Great post as usual. Normally the regular season has its series of ups and downs and frustrations and, while this one probably will as well at some point, thus far we've been witnessing some of the most aesthetically pleasing basketball in NBA history, even if the Lakers are beating up on a bunch of patsies. I think the main reason it is so beautiful is the brilliant interior passing of Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol, especially within the triangle. I can point to many other factors (such as Kobe's grace and the way he navigates the floor like Peyton Manning), but I defy anyone to come up with a center/power forward combo in recent history who can pass the ball with such deftness as these two guys. It really is special.

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

Spoiled, Rich, Lazy, Bynum! At least Oden has an excuse. Bynum's only excuse is that he is a bum and milking the system. Let's pretend real hard like he is on progress to dominate again and then lets trade him one day before he really has to play, so no one can see how weak and fragile he reallly is!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Mr. Laker | November 22, 2010 at 02:30 PM
====

And trade away a three-peat in the process. So, what have you done for me lately?

"Yes, wait till healthy, BUT, Melo anyone? I'm all for Drew, BUT, I am just concerned that we have our own Greg Oden here."


DJ... first off to hell with Melo. We get Melo, that means no PT for Artest. We already score a ton of points, all Melo is going to do is chip into Kobe's and Gasol's and everyone else's points at this venture. We need Artest's defense more then we need Melo's scoring and no defense. That being said, we also need Bynum's size. Gasol can't keep playing Center all season. He's a Power Forward. Remember that.

As far as being an Oden, remember Oden's had to have microfracture surgery on both knees now plus a shattered kneecap that barely saw contact. Bynum on the other hand had to have 2 traumatic instances to bust his knees. There's a difference between body betrayal 'Oden' and traumatic injury 'Bynum'. One is brittle and the other is a vicitim of bad luck and circumstance. Relax on Bynum. The kid will be fine.

Who's making these decisions anyway? It seems like Bynum "never feels comfortable yet" and his timetable just gets repeatedly pushed back. It's very frustrating.

Is it just me or does Bynum seem like he's going to be constantly injured? He wasn't even healthy when we drafted him after being injured much of his senior year in high school? Then get hurt over and over. Then we sign him to this enormous contract. Then he gets hurt again and for once, actually plays while a little bit hurt. I realize there's a single player precedent for an oft-hurt big man getting healthy again (Zydrunas Ilgauskas), but I think the trend is that they do not.

Particularly given his extremely long healing time (seems around 2x what most players take for most of his injuries/surgeries) and long time to get back into the flow I feel like we're going to get poor value out of this guy. I think we should sign him for like half of what we're paying him (and we are paying with ticket costs...), have him hang out with Horry and make sure he's healthy and playing well for the playoffs only.

At this point I think Bynum owes Gasol a Playboy's mansion full of hot models for taking so much of the minute load and physical burden that Bynum seems to rather casually let him have.

I find both Bynum's attitude and physical difficulties troubling.

KobeMVP888: That was classless in bringing up your dead friend. He absolutely didn't need to go there. He also didn't need to insinuate those things he did about Magic last night, especially that his illness hurt the team. Man, this KB is something.

I'm just glad that he can point out how hard he's hitting in his debates. I just think back to the old Batman show from the '60s with all those "Pow!" "Zoinks!" and "Kaplowee!" shots he lands. A real Roberto Duran this KB is.

I'm just wondering what would happen if you repeat something he's said before and say it back to himself, would he then spin it, turn it back on himself and ultimately debate himself? I think he'd get into some sort of infinite loop... lol

Seriously though, he seems to love to debate despite flying off the handle and all. It is amusing to see him pull everything out of the kitchen cabinets to hurl when his arguments have hit dead ends or good comebacks. I don't want him to think that people are aligned against him, even if it is him sitting in the middle of the ring and waving people in to take him on.

Really I think we are lucky to have KB around to keep us all in line...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

We dump Bynum for the Poo-poo platter at Mr. Wong's and no we won't lose the three-peat because of that. The last two years we won it with 20% of Bynum. We can get better production and minutes from any big man reject from the D-League!!!

Isn't it great that an article illustrating how Bynum is recovering nicely, the team and him keeping his whole career in perspective and not wishing to rush things, Lakers cruising along crushinging these patsies (which 85% of the league is to this talented team) in the position of luxury to not rush him back and let him be close to 100% when he returns - coming on the heels of Oden's stunning announcement the other day - and these clowns come out of the woodwork to criticize him and the team?

First of all, Benjamin = Mr. Laker = danglerzx = david paul = Jay Bizzle = troll.

I'm sure that if MM looked into it, he'd see they were the same person/IP address. Dude, stop masquerading, take off the clown makeup and bring it - oh wait, you can't, you've gotta actually know something in order to say something...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Neither surprising or depressing. Better late than never and when he comes back I think it's important for him and the organization that they take every precaution in the hope this is last extended stay on DL for some time.


If we weren't 12 and 2, it might be a different story, but I expected a slower start than this, so all's good in the Laker hood.

Bynum showed his lack of commitment by delaying his surgery. Now, Pau and Lamar will have to carry the load and risk burning out come playoff time.

No to Melo, yes to Dwight Howard, but a big let's wait and see what happens. We are fine this year. Miami, Chicago, OKC, and NO will be legitimate threats in the future. I'm sure that the FO and Dr. Buss have a plan to make sure that the Lakers don't fall into obscurity post Phil Jackson.

poo-poo platter? Come on now, my 8-yr old can come up with better material than that! We want some belly-laughs, not mere chuckles...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Maybe Andrew should just take the whole season off so he can stop being terrified of a future injury. We wouldn't want him to feel rushed.

LAKER TRUTH, it's not mere coincidence that these clowns show up on the blog right when you do, is it???


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

CCX

If you disagree with his warped viewpoints, you are trying to "force your views" on him. There is rarely a thing I say that he doesn't twist, distort or otherwise spin into something I didn't say. Even with this RIDICULOUS HCA vs. HEALTH "debate," he tries to make them mutually exclusive "arguments." He comes crashing down on me as if I have said that HCA means nothing to Phil Jackson or that I have implied that Phil thinks it's ok to be a 6-8 seed as long as we're healthy. (I never said that, but truth be told I personally think that THESE Lakers could three-peat under that scenario anyway).

However, I must admit that this defiant spinmeister definitely adds some excitement in here with his bizarre, illogical takes. His lap dog, not so much. Blitz is a combination of John Hollinger (because he gets WAY overly wrapped up in statistics) and this guy from the lakersnation.com, Brandon Neal (aka Real Deal). The only difference between Real Deal (who is the control freak administrator of that forum, almost a dictator as far as the blogosphere is concerned) is about 20 years. Real Deal is about 26 years old, but these two could have been Siamese twins. KB also can't handle the fact that there are others in here beyond LakerTom who are willing to take him and his entourage on. so he can talk about my "dead friend" and call me a flat out "liar" as much as he wants because frankly, I love it!

Bynum showed his lack of commitment by delaying his surgery. Now, Pau and Lamar will have to carry the load and risk burning out come playoff time.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | November 22, 2010 at 02:55 PM
====

Yep, just like the last two seasons.

Having Bynum back at 100% is the smart decision. There's no need to rush him back onto the court. Pau and LO have carried the load the last two season and didn't burn out. Too bad we didn't win the Larry O'. OH wait!! yes we did!

there'ssssssssssssssss no hurry andrew. get the rehab right, so you'll be there for most of the season AND the playoffs!

888 & cyber & blitz -


Come on you guys.... It's disheartening to see some of my very favorite peeps on here sniping at each other.


I understand we all see things differently, and that we won't always agree.


BUT - can't we agree to disagree and politely move on?


We have much more in common than not, I'm sure.


phred would say it's all about the love. And it is. Really.


Thanks! Much thanks and respect to you all.

Cosmix,

Dude, stop being paranoid. It's hard to believe, but I'm not the only fan who questions Bynum's commitment. I was also not the only one who had serious doubts that Bynum would come back by Thanksgiving, and I'm not the only one who gets increasingly frustrated with Bynum's injuries and slow recovery times. Sometimes, the Truth hurts.

The latest update from LA Times regarding signing a big man:

"We're looking into that and we hope to get something settled this week," Jackson said.

Former Dallas center Erick Dampier wants a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season, but the Lakers hope to sign a player for only a week or two. Paul Davis, who is playing in Spain, and Jake Voskuhl have also been considered by the Lakers."


I hope we get the news sometime this week.

Leave Bynum alone. He wants to be a 100% before he comes back to suffer his next knee injury!!!!

Arrrggghhh

"Maybe Andrew should just take the whole season off so he can stop being terrified of a future injury. We wouldn't want him to feel rushed.

Posted by: Mike | November 22, 2010 at 02:56 PM

"

I think that's the reality of what is going on here. He's had so many problems with injuries that he is probably going to be playing scared for the forseeable future.

I'm not sure how people think that teams are going to give up players like Carmelo or Dwight for him. That's just silly.

Kobe888,

Will you ever stop with your BS? You remind of that knight that from Monty Python who gets his limbs chopped off one at a time, but refuses to give up. Dude, you're lying face down with no limbs with your arse sticking up in the air. It's time no roll over and give up buddy.

I've already quoted you and exposed you as the fraud that you are. I can quote you on every statement I made if you wish. But I will assume that you will ignore my points and misdirect the discussion by hurling insults and lies like usual. I told you to stop addressing me, but I understand why you keep stalking me. I obviously embarrassed you by exposing you. If you want to debate any of my points, go ahead, and I will quote you, and expose you once again. Otherwise, for the second time, leave me alone before I hand you another spanking.

No need to rush, Bynum. Take your time. Gasol and Odom will continue holding down the fort. Let's see if they can try a little harder to get that MPG stat up to 40+ each.

Justa

KB Blitz is like a pit bull who is trained to kill. Kindly don't lump me in the same sentence with him. He is mean spirited and views this forum as a place to beat up on people who he views to be lesser than him. He twists, distorts and spins EVERYTHING I say.

It is impossible for everyone to "just get along" when there are strong personalities with differing points of view. I am sure that if we met and watched a game together, all would be fun and fine, but on here all we can rely on are the words that fly off our finger tips. Besides, I'll admit that I get some enjoyment out of watching him squirm. He brings it upon himself.

Remember, CCX and I understand and appreciate the big picture and how blessed we are as fans. That is the underlying difference in our philosophies. We have a Zen-like approach to the Lakers, while Blitz is a harsh critic who comes after people like LakerTom, CCX and me. He claims that I am trying to force my views on him and get him to change. Yeah, right. [eyes rolled; another spin] But attack me, LakerTom or CCX or anyone who shares our philosophies and it is simply my style to counter-punch. If you want to be his friend, that's your call.

By the way, did you catch this line from him? "You just keep spewing about health and HCA isn't as important as that yet try to spin Phil's words so you could paint your dead friend as being right." It speaks for itself.

I don't see Dwight Howard being a good fit for the Lakers. His offensive skills are severely limited.


gordon

Rush Bynum, don't rush the Bumym! Remember he is nearly a maxed out salary player! The difference between a dynasty and a almost Championship is super slim. We cannot wait for this bum. Get a big body to take the wear and tear out of our bigs. Yes, we made it the last two years, but all it takes is a couple of interior baskets, blocks, or defesive stops and it could go either way! Dump the bum for expiring Contracts!!!!!!!!!

Kobe888,

Will you ever stop with your BS? You remind of that knight that from Monty Python who gets his limbs chopped off one at a time, but refuses to give up. Dude, you're lying face down with no limbs with your arse sticking up in the air. It's time no roll over and give up buddy.

I've already quoted you and exposed you as the fraud that you are. I can quote you on every statement I made if you wish. But I will assume that you will ignore my points and misdirect the discussion by hurling insults and lies like usual. I told you to stop addressing me, but I understand why you keep stalking me. I obviously embarrassed you by exposing you. If you want to debate any of my points, go ahead, and I will quote you, and expose you once again. Otherwise, for the second time, leave me alone before I hand you another spanking.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | November 22, 2010 at 03:13 PM
=====

I LIKE your analogy! Much like "The Knights Who Say Ni!" or "Cool Hand Luke," I will continue to fight regardless of the odds against me. Clearly, you have exposed me for a fraud but that won't stop me.

When you make an astute, factual comment loaded with supporting evidence like:

"Bynum showed his lack of commitment by delaying his surgery. Now, Pau and Lamar will have to carry the load and risk burning out come playoff time."

And I say:

"Yep, just like the last two seasons," ...

... not ONLY is my comment loaded with FRAUD, it wreaks of the STALKER I am!

Take it easy FOX NEWS, I was just pointing out all the burnout and failure the Lakers suffered in the playoffs the last two seasons because Bynum laid such a heavy burden on Pau and Lamar. Gosh, you'd think we won a championship or two with Bynum's lack of commitment or something. I know better than that.

Why is it that you and Mr. Blitz think this forum is some sort of competition? You guys sound like George W. Bush when he said, "Mission Accomplished." Even he regrets that. Sir, I am still standing.

Cosmix,

Dude, stop being paranoid. It's hard to believe, but I'm not the only fan who questions Bynum's commitment. I was also not the only one who had serious doubts that Bynum would come back by Thanksgiving, and I'm not the only one who gets increasingly frustrated with Bynum's injuries and slow recovery times. Sometimes, the Truth hurts.

Posted by: LAKER TRUTH | November 22, 2010 at 03:04 PM
=====

CCX

He's right. He's NOT the only fan who questions Bynum's commitment. So there. He wins. You lose.

By the way, LAKER TRUTH, what's your won-lost record anyway?


Would you believe I'm not surprised by this?

Would you believe that I expected the Bynum supporters to pick on people
who are unhappy about this?

Let's take a walk down memory lane:

I think the criticism of Bynum has been more then fair. Lets face it, the guy has never recovered according to schedule, so why would this time be any different? The guy is a professional getting paid a lot of money, and he should have taken care of business first instead of worrying about his vacation. I really am tired of people making excuses for him. If the guy wants to take it easy, then he should take a pay cut and figure a way to make it on a mere 5-6 million a year.
Also, isn't it possible the guy could have made it to a world cup games with the surgery?
I have had surgery on my knees and back, and still managed to attend sporting events within a short time. You can hear it in Bynum's tone of voice when asked about such things.....he really doesn't care. That's what concerns me. Do you want the future of your franchise dependent on such an individual?

Posted by: Oregonian | September 26, 2010 at 09:51 AM

Drew's gonna be just fine. It was a few foreign bodies, nothing huge. If he was able to play through the finals and be effective, then it's not a huge stretch to believe he'll heal up great. Also, if this was a big operation, then I have to believe the organization would push for a more expedient date, vs this late date.

Glad he doesn't have a Perkins-like injury!

GO LAKERS!!!!

Posted by: longtimelakerlover | July 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM


MM

Superb article! Nothing more needs to be said.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | September 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM


Stop coddling this kid... He "scrued up" and it's as simple as that. I don't want to hear about much needed vacations or how hard they "work." They're grown up men playing a kid's game for big bucks. They get paid to "PLAY." It must be a real drag to make millions in exchange for staying in shape, getting rest, playing basketball and having women throw themselves on top of you after playing games throughout the country. That sounds like a real drag... I'm glad I don't have to do that for a living. Lucky me... Furthermore, to compare Kobe to the kid is ludicrous. Kobe has history and so does "Drew." And I don't care about be saavy in front of the media because of his age. we have enough saavy to deal with when we have to listen to our politicans. it's a sport and they're paid big money to win. they're not here to satisfy us, just themselves and the owners that pay them the money to play. as fans, we just want our team to win and want to see players take the game they supposedly love more serious than we do. i'm sorry, i didn't see andrew display of committment to the team, the game or the owners. so what? he played hurt. for $13+Mil, i'd play too and i would've got that surgery as soon as humanly possible and you know what? if the doc didn't want my money, i would've found another expert who did and spent my whole summer rehabbing and getting ready to defend my title, especially since i only played the equivalent of one season since being with the team and gettng fitted for two rings. at 23, i think i would've had an opportunity to watch a world cup and knowing that i would retire before 40 never having to worry about money again. how much more opportunity do you need mr. bynum???

Posted by: frmkt | September 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

November, December, January .. doesn't matter as long as he's 100% and stays healthy through the playoffs.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | October 18, 2010 at 06:39 PM

Easy 888,
Justa was just trying to be the peacemaker and the diplomat. She did not imply that KB was right and you were wrong. Frankly, you lump yourself in the same sentence with KB when you continue to debate him. Justa, also did not say that she chooses to be his friend over you or anyone else. In fact, most of the issues that you discuss are agreed upon by Justa. But she also respects others' opinions. KB certainly hit below the belt with the dead friend comment, and I can see you being upset over that. Just make sure that other posters do not become the victims of collateral damage in your war of words.

"I don't think I'm ready yet,"

###

Surprise, surprise, surprise! (Gomer Pyle voice)


[dbdh]

First of all, Benjamin = Mr. Laker = danglerzx = david paul = Jay Bizzle = troll.

I'm sure that if MM looked into it, he'd see they were the same person/IP address. Dude, stop masquerading, take off the clown makeup and bring it - oh wait, you can't, you've gotta actually know something in order to say something...


GO LAKERS!!!!!!

Posted by: CyberCosmiX | November 22, 2010 at 02:53 PM

While I'm honored to be mentioned specifically by name, I am not either of those people. I don't think sharing an opinion makes us trolls. Somebody brought up the fact that Dwight Howard's # is coming up, and I agreed. If you think that's "not knowing something" then I'm sorry I couldn't "troll" on your side.


Bynum for anything but a formidable center would be a poor trade. And while I am a Bynum fan, I would rather watch a center who is healthy, active on defense, and is improving in the league. I believe Andrew can be that player, but i don't think he's going to be that player anytime soon.

I'm one that seems to be in both camps with this Bynum issue. Both have valid points. Of course we want him back 100%, but yes, he does seem to be milking the system. But I don't think he is doing it intentionally, I truly believe he is paranoid at this point of another injury. But this is a vicious circle, because if you approach it that way, you are more vulnerable to injury. He probably needs to borrow Ron Ron's doc.

But if you feel he is being lazy, or smart, or overly cautious. You are all probably right. No need for name-calling. For those that think calling Bynum lazy is grounds for troll status, then I guess Kobe can be considered a troll. Because the same issues happened with our dear friend Shaq and Kobe called him out. Don't think Kobe is at least thinking, if not expressing the same about Bynum.

Five years in, we still don't have a lock on Andrew Bynum
Matt Moore
Sep 25, 2010

"Bynum doesn’t have to work his tail off to be ready for the season opener to be a significant role player on the Lakers. He has to improve his work ethic to be the player the Lakers paid him to be."

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/09/25/five-years-in-we-still-dont-have-a-lock-on-andrew-bynum/

Bynum has been called out in the past by Phil Jackson for his terrible work ethic or lack of! We are not trolls for calling out this Bum. We expect more from someone who is pulling $15millions! Not the "It happened on company time, I'll recuperate on company time" Crap, Shaqfool tried to pull! We expect players to bleed Purple and Gold or get the hell out of Championship City!!!!!!!!!

LakerJ and Justa

Good points. You are both right. When I engage fans like KB Blitz and LAKER TRUTH, all I am doing is lowering myself to their level. I have been inconsiderate of others' feelings, so I will just skip their posts and ignore these bloggers. I apologize to you and anyone else who I have offended by engaging these people. From now on, I will try my very best to keep my posts substantive. Please accept my apologies.

The best trade you Lakerholic can ask for is to trade Bynum and sasha and a #1, the Denver for Melo and Nene. Now your looking at 5-peat, no one could stop you. I'm just SAYING.. think about it.

The best trade for the bum bumym is anything that will get us out of his wortless contract!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From now on, I will try my very best to keep my posts substantive.
Posted by: KobeMVP888 | November 22, 2010 at 04:12 PM
==================

Awww, come on KobeMVP, if everyone did that there would only be about 10-20 posts per thread, and this one wouldn't make the cut either.
:)

LakerJ - thanks.


888 - no worries & no offense was taken. Like I said, it's just disheartening to see people go after each other when we're all Laker fans and have so much to be optimistic about. That's all... I learned a long time ago that there are certain posters who automatically cause my scroll wheel to get a work-out (instead of my blood pressure).

It's not as if Bynum is a faking dog but you have to admit that he is definately injury prone. No team could ever depend on Bynum to be the center piece of a team, even the Lakers. The problem is that his contract pays him like a center piece.

I'm increasingly worried about Bynum's competitive spirit.

PROVE ME WRONG, ANDREW! PROVE ME WRONG!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

If we don't get this "5" thing under some sort of control, we'll all be humming:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NiE1p0h7HM

We've had a pathetically easy schedule and this team should be undefeated, but we're not. Now the schedule begins to pick up steam starting tomorrow with a test administered by the Bulls - and they will bring it - followed by the Jazz and then the rest of the schedule looks "winnable" right up to the X-mas day gift, then the Spurs and onto the Hornets. The rest of this year, we shouldn't lose more than another 3 games and I think that was a deliberate gift from the Stern & the NBA. "Wowie."

888 - no worries & no offense was taken. Like I said, it's just disheartening to see people go after each other when we're all Laker fans and have so much to be optimistic about. That's all... I learned a long time ago that there are certain posters who automatically cause my scroll wheel to get a work-out (instead of my blood pressure).

Posted by: justanothermambafan | November 22, 2010 at 04:28 PM
====

Justa

You hit the nail on the head. There is SO much to be optimistic about and appreciative for! I am STILL savoring these back-to-back championships and I can't wait to represent at Staples Center tomorrow night! The feeling of love in there toward our beloved Lakers is off the charts! Let's enjoy this wonderful, potentially historic team! There's no need to be frustrated with Andrew Bynum' s recovery time. Appreciate the warrior he was in the playoffs and hope for the best. What's the rush? Is there really a reason to bag on Luke Walton? Yes, he's clearly nearing the end of his career and the front office was off on their judgment when they gave him that contract, but has he stopped us from winning championships? I submit that he's helped us win championships. Even Sasha, who can't get any playing time, made some small contributions along the way. Yes, he's been a disappointment in general, but he's still a member of this wonderful team. I don't mind having end-of-the-benchers who have been to the last 3 NBA Finals. That's called a luxury because know-how and experience plays into all this.

So I guess everyone has their "truth" and their concept of fanhood. I grasp the team-first, players second attitude, but for THIS team, I MUST brush that aside. For look at what they have given us!

1-2-3 RING! #17 coming up STRONG!!

It is time to find a long term replacement for Bynum. The motivation and his durability is highly questionable. I am sure our GM understands the problem and is working on it within the Lakers financial constraints. It is what it is! Relax!


Andrew is last piece of the 3 peat puzzle. There is no replacement scenario that ends in a ring.

It's usually taken him a couple months to get up to NBA speed. He's dominated mid December, injured in January.

He's on schedule to peak in February, March. Fine.

This season will end the debate. He'll either make it through healthy or options will be considered.

Sit back, relax, the ring is ours... IT IS inevitable...


Bynum will be alright.

Fans bad mouthing Bynum should be thankful Bynum is coming back. Greg Oden may never come back. Be careful what you wish.

Who is Andrew Bynum?

It's pretty simple really. The laker's front office, players and fans will all know at the end of this season what the right thing to do is regarding AB. Personally, I think we will need him big time to 3-peat...so let him come back when its safe and he is comfortable. I think it's to early to give up on AB just yet...he makes us oh so much bigger!

Andrew Bynum is worth more as trade bait then he is on the DL . Andrew is not among the sharpest of players and he is slower then most big men in the game. He has all of the signs of a "Bill Walton" type career where the span between injuries just gets shorter and shorter over time. Andrew is also headed for a fall typical of "too much too soon" athletes without the maturity to maintain any balance. Andrew was cited for running his sports car up to 120 MPH in a 65 MPH zone on the street "just for fun". The only reason he avoided a "reckless driving" citation is because he was Andrew Bynum and the police don't treat us the same under the law, especially in LA where "celebrity privilege" is an honored tradition.


Connect

Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

All Things Lakers »

Your database for all things purple and gold.

Find a Laker

Search a name

Select a season

Choose one of our lists



Categories


Archives
 

About the Bloggers


Bleacher Report | Lakers

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More Lakers on Bleacher Report »



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists:


In Case You Missed It...