Andrew Bynum, 6th Man?

by October 06, 2009

Despite his stated goal to be on the floor during crunch time (and an All-Star), Young Andrew has been running with the Lakers’ second unit during training camp: “Has there ever been an all-star center whose team regularly left him on the bench at crunch time? Lakers coach Phil Jackson typically played Lamar Odom over Bynum during the final five minutes of close games last season, a decision that irked the young center enough to spout off to the media about it several times. As a result, Bynum has made it a goal this season to earn a spot among Jackson’s chosen five to finish games … It’s too soon to evaluate whether Bynum will have the opportunity to achieve those goals this season, but early signs aren’t especially promising.”