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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  28 responses

Lakers to Make Andrew Bynum a Part-Time Player?

Should Andrew suffer yet another knee injury, Phil Jackson tells the LA Times that he may be put on the Yao Ming program: “It’s not going to happen this season, the Lakers hope, but Andrew Bynum might be forced to play limited minutes as a career situational player if he suffers one more serious knee injury, Coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday. Bynum has experienced knee problems the last three years, each injury different but nonetheless representing a pattern that has forced Jackson to contemplate the big picture.  It wasn’t overly rosy. ‘We’re hopeful that this is the time he’s able to start playing consistently through a season,’ Jackson said. ‘If not, we’re going to have to look at Andrew as a short-minute guy, somebody like Yao Ming who’s going to be limited in the amount of minutes he plays.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Please trade him soon. I’m so sick of him getting hurt and getting paid $15 million a season for it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Until you get injured again you big baby!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    You know….for a dude this young, his career is really going to be shortened. Why not just take a year off? What is he, 23-24….dude can still play 10 seasons, at this rate he’ll be lucky to get half of those in.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I bet a Heat fan would love for Bynum to take a year off.

  • VisionofGreatness

    That’s not a bad idea. Play Lamar Odom more during the regular season so that Bynum can actually be a factor in the Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Royal

    Taking a year off sometimes doesn’t help though. Look at Greg Oden, the Blazers lets him have all the time in the world to recover from his injuries, but yet when he comes back he still gets injured. I just think Drew is just one of those players who you can expect him to miss at least 20 games a year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’d rather see him have a career than a busted one. He’s got a couple of rings already. He can always come back and be a solid contributor. Why end it all with a permanent injury?

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Andrew Oden…I mean Bynum should just focus on being healthy for a playoff run!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Us Lakers fans are tired of this guys body letting us down going on four years now. I say get rid of him before he has no trade value and they’re stuck with that huge contract.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    He should’ve played a bit in college, putting the NBA miles on so early in life usually doesn’t end well.

  • MikeC.

    @Hursty – I forgot about that! Thanks for bringing that back into our online lives.

  • http://slamonline.com bash

    @Moose: he barely played his first few years, one year of college would’ve almost certainly put more miles on him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Actually, the might as well just continue with the “Andrew Bynum Program.” Sit him until playoffs.

  • ab40

    it’s ironic that both blake griffin and greg oden busted their knees while playing the lakers.. andrew bynum is cursed. nah it’s not that bad but his attitude is terrible. the lakers need him at full strenght if they want to repeat this season. Especialy when kobe goes into chill mode for the first three and a half quarters and takes over in the fourth. they’ll need him and gasol to be dominant post players at both ends of the floor

  • monkeyball

    The Lakers should definitely try to trade Bynum now. For what he makes they can get two solid 5′s to bang the boards while Gasol/Odom/Artest do their thing. A Malik Rose or Kurt Thomas or Chris Andersen type would do just fine.

  • unrel

    i feel bad for these young centers.. put too much on their shoulders before their teenage bodies were able to mature and adapt to it..

  • Cizzo

    He played hurt alot last season and proved that he super tough! Soooooo, if Phil call for #17 to show up he do! Get off his ball! Bynum is one of the TRill YG’s in this super soft ass watered down Leaugue!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol ‘Part Time Player’ has been my nickname for Andrew Bynum for the last 2 and a half years lol!

  • unrel

    @Cizzo.. not sure if it’s a generational thing.. cause i’m at the old age of 30.. but what the hell is a TRill YG?

  • Yesse

    This is sad. Bynum had so much potential and it’s all going away, because of injuries.

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    B.U.M.

  • Michael

    I’ve been saying forever they should bring Bynum off the bench. He and Pau still aren’t comfortbale playing together. Off the bench Bynum could be the focal point of the offense.

  • hammer

    The real M.O.P. of the L. Most Overrated Player

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    So phil, business as usual then? Bynum only plays a little anyhow

  • JTaylor21

    What miles on his body? Dude is barely out there and when he does play it’s oop after oop nothing else. Stop acting like dude was carrying a heavy offensive or even defensive burden for the lakers and got hurt because of the wear and tear, some people are just built like wet toilet paper.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Andrew Byebum

  • bdub

    Bynum getting sh#tted on in here…..

  • Morgan

    @Jtaylor – have you even watched a Lakers game? From what you say it sounds like you just watch the recap videos on nba.com. Bynum hurts a lot of teams down low with his size and most of his points come from posting up (kid has a decent hook shot) and aggressive rebounding.
    Now that Theo is there and Lamar is more consistant they should easily be able to limit his time on the floor. Plus there is no reason to trade him, the team can just go smaller with the depth they have at other positions.

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