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Lakers Mailbag: Fans wonder if Andrew Bynum will mature

July 22, 2011 |  2:20 pm


With the latest mishap of Andrew Bynum, can it be assumed that the Lakers are leaning on trading him for Howard, even more so now? -- doublebuffalo via Twitter

The two issues don't have any bearing on each other, but Bynum isn't doing himself any favors by revealing that he's still immature and lacks any leadership qualities. Bynum has finally grown up physically and has made a turn in elevating his skills, but episodes such as throwing a clothesline on J.J. Barea, popping off about the team's trust issues and parking in a handicapped spot don't help his cause in wanting to be more respected in the locker room.

I have been wondering, if [Derek]Fisher is such a team first guy, why don't we ever hear him addressing the team's need for a new point guard? -- baytola2

I don't think any self-respecting player is going to volunteer his demotion. That's unrealistic. There have been plenty of instances, however, in which Fisher has shown a willingness to bite his pride and make sacrifices for the team. That's included allowing Kobe Bryant to guard Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul at certain points in the last two playoffs and accepting a bench role in the 2003-04 season. It remains to be seen how exactly the dynamic at point guard will play out, but as much as Fisher prides himself on having been a key part to the team and holding a starting position, he's also interested in winning.


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Photo: Andrew Bynum sits on the bench during a game against the Detroit Pistons in January 2010. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times