Monday, January 24th, 2011 at 12:00 pm  |  46 responses

Andrew Bynum Wants to Be the Lakers’ Focal Point Soon

Bynum believes he can become the League’s best big man, if only he’d get the opportunity to truly showcase his stuff (ie. he needs to become the main guy in LA.) Somewhere, Kobe Bryant just arched an eyebrow before heading back to bed. From FanHouse: “Bynum believes he can be the best center of the decade. ‘Of course. Of course,’ Bynum said. ‘I just need to get the opportunity to do something like that. I believe that (he can be the best).’ It would be a tall order to overcome the NBA’s premier tall guy. Howard, 25, has career averages of 17.8 points and 12.7 rebounds, including 22.1 and 13.3 this season. Bynum, 23, has career numbers of 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, including 11.0 and 7.3 this season. The first thing Bynum needs to do is to stay healthy. He’s had knee injuries that have hampered him for four straight seasons. So what’s the second thing the six-year man must do to reach his lofty goal? To borrow from another guy who has played in Los Angeles, former USC Trojan Keyshawn Johnson: ‘Just Give Me the Damn Ball.’ ‘I just got to get an opportunity to kind of be a focal point on this squad,’ said Bynum, who had 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Nuggets while outplaying Nuggets center Nene, an All-Star candidate who had nine points, seven rebounds and no blocks in 35 minutes. ‘That’s the only way to find out really (how good Bynum can be).’ Bynum was asked when he believes that must happen. ‘Hopefully, it happens eventually. Soon,’ he said. It sounds as if the 7-foot Bynum prefers soon. Even though he’s still working his way into shape after missing the first 14 games of the season following summer knee surgery, he’s bucking for more touches. ‘I’m still recovering,’ Bynum said. ‘I’m still getting back to strength. I’d definitely like to get the ball more. That’s how we’re going to get more comfortable out there.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He could definitely easily become a 20-10 guy and he’s a great presence on defense. Since his return the Lakers have only given up 100 points three times.

  • Joe

    He’s definitely a focal point defensively.

    Offensively, Kobe and Pau are (obviously) much more developed.

    In the next few years, he’ll get his turn though.

    If his knees hold out.

  • http://twitter.com/smileyoufckers Bryan

    His body can’t handle the workload.

  • Loaf

    Sure drew, you do that! Then you will get injured, again!

  • http://www.slamonline.com THE REAL RIGGS


  • http://5vemics.com Eli Porter

    Who is he? Lebron?

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    Bynum, you can be the focal point in 2019 when Kobe retires

  • T-Money

    You know what, I’m not going to knock someone for wanting more responsibilites and an opportunity to show what he thinks he’s capable of. Whether, he can really become the best center in the league is for debate though (no freaking way IMO unless Dwight’s career gets derailed by injuries).

  • skillet forilla

    What planet is the dude from? This kid is clearly not appreciating back to back championships. How about instead of complaining about not being given enough chances to prove himself, he takes the opportunity to get surgery done in a timely manner rather than late July. Who the hell does he have in his ear that inspires him to say crap like this?

  • underdog

    The Lakers should totally go after Greg Oden and sign him for a minimum contract. Bynum and Oden would be a nasty combo. All they have to do is remain healthy while the other recovering from the annual knee surgery. Than they can switch.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    How is he complaining? He’s saying what every young superstar should say which is that he wants and knows he can be the best. The guy has the talent and the work ethnic to be great but he’s just been unlucky with injuries with two of them caused by players running and falling into his knees. His situation with injuries is totally different than Oden because his were just being at the wrong place at the wrong time.


    I think Riggs got it right.

  • Hossy

    Andrew can be the focal point of the Magic in 2012 when they sign & trade him for D12

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

    Kap just called bynum a superstar. …….

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Tarzan…Name one center under 25 that you would take over Bynum? The guy is a beast. I wish people would quit hating on the guy. His numbers are low bc of the injuries and playing with Pau and Odom but he is the best center under 25 in the nba or 1b if you include Horford as a center.

  • 1982

    This just in, Rondo says he’d like to be Boston’s focal point soon as well. So would Raymond Felton. And also Kevin Martin. Blake Griffin as well. But, I think they’re more worried about being the best player on their current team first…Except for Kevin Martin. He’s pretty good on the Rockets already, save for that big guy they have who keeps getting injured. Oh, I see what I did there…

  • http://www.slamonline.com THE REAL RIGGS

    1982 just called and he wants his jokes back

  • toinefan88

    He needs more shots. Kobe better get it through his head that this kid means business! Hahahaahahaha. Boston 2011!!!

  • Jer-Dawg

    This sounds eerily similar to how Shaq & Kobe was. There’s a power struggle of sorts to a lesser degree, but it sounds like a big guy and smaller guy battle again. I must agree if he gets more workload he will get injured again. If he wants it that bad shouldnt he have gotten surgery earlier?

  • Shem

    Shut up, your the fourth option on offence on your team right now.

  • toinefan88

    He needs more shots. Kobe better get it through his head that this kid means business. Boston 2011.

  • JTaylor21

    I love how lakers fans still think to this day that dude will become a beast. What evidnece do they have to back up this frivolous claim?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    @Jtaylor…evidence is the way he beasted the entire Nuggets frontline and how the Lakers appeared in the top 10 in just about every defensive category since his return.

  • TheTruth

    Yeah its easy to be the best center in the league when the competition is watered down.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    he’s really talented. great hands, great touch, great feet around the basket. good at free throws, decent mid range shot here and there. still think laker fans overrate him a tad, but they’re not crazy guys

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    I’m expecting him to pronounce he’s changing his name any day now. Somebody muzzle Kareem!!!

  • Tuukka Kallio

    Maybe, when Kobe slows down. i was not expecting him to ever play well after those injuries, but he has improved. I just hope he doesn’t get injured again.

  • http://Gmail Dirty Frank

    I hope the best for him but his comments are about 1 healthy season premature

  • Towelie

    Any of you guys watch Bynum play?

  • tRay

    He could be that dude eventually but for now play ya part son.

  • Jordan Bravo


  • monkeyball

    Bynum will never be the best center in the League. I highly doubt he can be a 20-10 guy, much less a 23-13 guy like Dwight. He doesn’t really have a good offensive set of moves, and he’s not as good a rebounder as he should be with his size and athleticism. By their early twenties, all great centers have begun peaking (including Dwight). Because of a lack of 7-footers he will probably play in the NBA for a long time (health permitting).

  • unrel

    he could be the league’s best center.. or at least give dwight a run for the title of ‘best’.. the only thing holding him back is injuries.. don’t talk like he’s kwame.. and you can’t compare career stats due to lack of playing time in his early years..

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    They are going to need everything HE has for the push when the real wars begin. If he is alright come that time, the Lakers are still very, very dangerous.


    Marc Gasol is a better big than Andrew ByNUMB.

  • flipnoyce

    It’s easy to believe something you are not just ask Dwight Howard, he thinks he’s superman but whine like a lil kid.Or, Is it because Kobe’s holding you down because you’re thinking out loud. He might feel threatens by your thoughts so watch it, he might pull a Shaq on you!

  • Omar

    Shut up and give me 10 boards and 2 blocks a game.

  • http://slamonline.com The Ambassador

    F*ck all you guys who are doubting Bynum! Have you seen him play he has really improved this season and has helped the Lakers alot. In two years if healthy he’s going to be a BEAST and help the Lakers rebuild after the Kobe era is done.


  • Luke Sicari

    The guy has a great up side to his name, but like you guys said he needs to stay in shape. Also while Kobe and Gasol are there he will not be the main guy.

  • ClydeSays

    Best center of the decade? Um. Well he does have a couple of rings, but some dudes named Kobe, Phil & Gasol had something to do with that. Statistically, I’d bet Bogut and MGasol are better over the last few years. Plus Bynum has been available for about half the season for most of his career….

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Bynum’s chance to be a ‘beast’ left when he was a rookie. His numbers may improve slightly with more minutes, but with more touches per game he’ll commit more turnovers and go home limping.

  • Samacuse

    Responses are set-up bassackwards on this site. Newest should be on the top. LA shoulda traded Bynum a few seasons ago when everyone wanted him. He will only continue to get injured…

  • dsleepy

    bynum is a legit C. but the reason he hasn’t been a focal point is because he hasn’t been healthy in forever. before the pau gasol trade, he was really starting to come into his own and there was a lot of chatter about him. ppl forget, because pau is in town, but he could be their #1 option someday. hope his body holds up.

  • Mike From Spain

    If he finds a way to stay healthy, he might be in the top five for centers, I am not too sure about best in the decade. When Pau and Kobe are OK, he’s a 3rd or 4th option, but I would say that unless he stays healthy for a good while he cannot/should not be 1st or 2nd option in the team. I don’t particularly dislike Bynum, it is a pity that he’s so injury prone…

  • Mike From Spain

    I also think that he’s quite the one-dimensional player. Not quite as versatile as Pau or Odom, to name two other bigs in his team.

  • Red Star

    I’m a huge Lakers fan and ummmm NO! Pau first my friend, Pau first! It’s nice to see that he has set some goals for himself though regardless of how foolish they may seem.