Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  13 responses

Andrew Bynum Re-Commits to Defense

Following a fiery speech from veteran teammate Derek Fisher, Young ‘Drew says he’s committed to defense now more than ever, and the OC Register reports that the Lakers couldn’t be happier with the big fella: “It took a man wiser than Bynum’s years to get the 22-year-old spring chicken realizing he should be appreciating the chance to play and play hard this year. Ever since Lakers teammate Derek Fisher, 35, lit into the team facing a eight-point deficit against visiting Toronto on Friday night, the Lakers have gone harder and become happier – and won. More than anyone, Bynum has a newfound spring in his step. ‘He’s a great orator, and he’s able to speak to us and motivate us,’ Bynum said of Fisher, ‘and he definitely did that for me. I’ve just kind of made a commitment to playing hard on defense, and consequently you get involved in the game,’ he said. ‘I like it a lot. It’s very fun for me, and I’m going to keep it up.’ Spurred on by Fisher’s words, Bynum dominated the third quarter against Toronto and then took away the fourth-quarter playing time Phil Jackson gives Gasol by default. Bynum has kept up the activity, averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks over the past four games. Gasol is clearly proud of his big-man partner having emerged recently. ‘We love it,’ Gasol said.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Good News. Kind of troubling that you need D-Fish to give inspirational speeches to motivate you though. You’d think having a chance to be an important part of back to back champs would be motivation enough.

  • LA Huey

    This just in: Adam Morrison has rededicated himself to keeping his warm-ups on and sitting on the bench!

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    recommitting implies an original commitment, doesn’t it?

  • Rob

    @LA Huey and he looks rather dumb while doing it

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    D Fish giving motivational speeches about defense? What’s next, TMac motivating Greg Oden’s rehab?

  • ClydeSays

    I’m guessing Fisher has to remind Gasol & Bynum to play D every trip down the floor. Maybe he thought a speech in front of the team would make it stick in their brains.

  • The D Train

    look for Bynum to start b**ching and whining about every call against him, along with a total look of disbelief on his face

  • lucas

    yo lay off dfish his defense week cause hes old ya heard! he still clutch remember last years playoffs? just wait till the post season

    haters get sprayed like afro sheen

  • http://foxsports RelicFace

    Just part of the expected and inevitable maturation process of a 22 y/o center. Perhaps he did not hear it before as he hears it now. That is to say, older people sound smarter as you get older. The guy is destined to dominate.

  • http://juanm.garcia@comcast.net Flashback

    Time to get fitted for those rings.

  • Proudly Rwandan

    odom,bynum,gasol,artest. damn, kobe is freakin lucky

  • Justin

    @Proudly Rwandan…KOBE is lucky? I’m thinking those guys are more lucky to be playing with Kobe than he is lucky to be playing with them.

  • http://www.nyzproblem4eva@aol.com LeXx

    @D-Train…. Like EVERYBODY else in the league… i mean c’mon its the NBA… i bet if adam Morrison actually got some PT. he would complain too… they all complain on the most obvious calls.. ex. CRAB dribble!