Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The Injury Prone Andrew Bynum and the Lakers Recovery Plan
We've analyzed some unflattering numbers. Close your eyes because this ain't pretty. Andrew missed 40 games his rookie year, 67 his 3rd year, 32 games his 4th, 17 in his 5th and 25 games so far this season (including tonight). The man has missed a total of 141 games in his very young and very unstable career. I mean the Loch Ness Monster has been spotted more.
As a fan its not hard to feel for Drew since we all know his reoccurring seasonal bum knee injuries have hindered all hopes to be among one of the best centers to ever play the game. Knowing that Bynum is more fragile than the Unbreakable Samuel L. Jackson, why is he still a starter? I know I sound a bit hypocritical since I was begging Phil to give Andrew more minutes earlier this season. But now, look at what the champs have become? Sure they can beat the lesser opponents (except the Kings) but they play scrimmage ball against the elite. Magic is right when he said today that the Lakers are playing "old". They are playing old. The focus has been on the Lakers lack of defense for blame but really the focus should be in the inception rather than all other subsequent actions. Bynum is unfortunately a big part of the yielding process. He needs to come off the bench and accept the lesser role way before tip-off where all the finger pointing begins.
Screw all of this trade talk, we have the team and players necessary to put us back to championship caliber level. We don't need to look for the nearest exit, we just need to regroup and reevaluate the current roster and positions.
I'm not going to sit hear and type out excuses. I keep hearing that the absence of Matt Barnes is part of the reason why the champs are playing so poorly. No. We have way too much fill in talent off the bench. The Lakers are just lacking the fire power and intensity to match-up against the faster and younger teams.
Posted by Laker Liker