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Monday, January 5th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  21 responses

What’s Up With Andrew Bynum?

Phil Jackson wishes he knew: “I can’t tell with him,” Jackson said. “He doesn’t have a lot of emotional response about that. I kind of talk to him occasionally but let him kind of figure out how to do things on his own. He’s still a learner.”

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    A learner he is. A star he will be.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Co-sign Moose. :D

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    make it rain Mr’ Bynum …

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    He’s doing exactly what we need him to do, IMO.

  • Bballrehab

    I think he’s gonna be (he already is) a solid center, but not a star. He doesn’t have the moves or the fade-aways of Olajuwon, Ewing or DRobinson, nor the physical power of Shaq or DHoward, so…

  • http://sdfjkl.com Jukai

    If he makes even ONE all-star appearence, I will be shocked.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @Jukai:You’ll be shocked. He’s the third best center in the West right now behind Shaq and Yao. Shaq can’t play forever.

  • Plasticman

    Doesn’t take all that much to become an All Star center. Well not anymore anyway.

    Kid will be fine though. Like Phil said, he’s still a learner. What is he 20?

  • http://www.myspace.com/fullsoon Fredd

    yes people forget about is age lol
    I think he’ll be way better than Oden

  • http://fklsd.com Jukai

    He’s really not, B Long. Yao will be the starting center forever, and unless he gets DRASTICALLY BETTER (dude’s young so he may, but I don’t think he will), then that other center spot will just be filled by a power forward with some semblance of post moves.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Drew has post moves. He’s not Dream, but if the guy was on any other team besides the Lakers and got more touches, he’d average about 18 and 10.

  • http://fklsd.com Jukai

    The problem is that the reason he’s NOT getting touches on the Lakers is that Phil doesn’t think he’s performing well enough to get those touches. He’s not in during close games in the 4th quarter, he’s pulled in and out all over the place… I know Phil likes to run Odom at the 4, but if Bynum was playing anywhere near his potential, he should be getting a good 35 minutes at the five spot.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    overrated?

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    He played in the 4th against Boston. He really hasn’t been needed in the 4th against most the teams we’ve played since. Phil is just pulling one of his patented Phil Jackson Jedi mind tricks on him. I call them “Phillies”.

  • http://fklsd.com Jukai

    I call you “in denial”

  • BUCK

    OVERRATED!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    He played in the 4th to match up with Perkins B. Because Pau can’t deal with him physically. Perk can do a little offensively, vs, say a Collins twin? Yes, so if it was Collins or some other sh*t player, he could leave Pau in at 5 and be safe-not with Perk in for the Celtics.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    he runs like an injured llama

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    he runs like he has a middle ear infection

  • Majestic

    He’s really injury prone. I’ve got to wonder what the heck the Lakers trainers are thinking of him and doing with him. Kareem needs to step in and have a voice. God please somebody DO SOMETHING…..

  • http://yahoo Calray

    You need more self control in the NBA. Bynum made the owner drop his head. He wanted to stay in LA. but, this is a one way ticket out.

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