Postgame thoughts

The difference between the 19-year-old Andrew Bynum and potentially the 24-year-old Bynum were well illustrated by Sunday’s game. Bynum finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 29 minutes but could have had a 20-10 game against Memphis.

The Lakers tried to establish Bynum early on. He started the game by missing a putback and getting called for three seconds. He then was blocked by Stromile Swift the first of two times in the game. Kobe Bryant tried to slip a pass to Bynum that the 7-footer couldn’t hold onto.

Bynum finally got a basket when he dunked off a pick-and-roll with Smush Parker. He finished the first quarter with seven points on 3 of 7 shooting with three rebounds. It could have been a lot more and Bynum could have rode that momentum throughout the game.

He played more than 8 minutes in the fourth quarter and did not score or get to the foul line. The focus obviously was on Kwame Brown coming back from injury but Bynum could have had a big night, especially considering he was called for only one foul all game.

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Parker heard boos from the crowd in the fourth quarter after he had a shot blocked by Damon Stoudamire, then fouled Stoudamire in the aftermath. Parker is in a deep rut right now and again hurt the Lakers down the stretch. He went 1 for 4 in the quarter and made 1 of 2 free throws after the Grizzlies closed within seven points.

Parker redeemed himself with 3:28 left when he stole an Eddie Jones pass and raced the other way to finish a fast break when Bryant flipped him a between-the-legs pass. But Parker continued to say after the game that somebody stole his “mojo.”

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Lamar Odom seemed excited to have gotten the call to shoot a technical foul free throw after the Grizzlies were called for defensive three seconds in the second quarter. Bryant shot almost every technical last season but was on the bench when the situation arose Sunday.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson couuld have opted for Kwame Brown, Maurice Evans, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jordan Farmar or Odom. Evans is a career 76.6 percent foul shooter compared to Odom’s 71.3 percent; Odom has shot better at the line this season than Evans.

Odom hit the technical and went on to convert all three free throws when he was fouled on a 3-pointer in the third quarter.

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  • Michael Teniente

    You comments on Bynum sound crazy. Could of, should of, would of. You make it sound as if it wasn’t the Memphis Grizzlies. What you point out seems to go against Bynum. I mean he only had 1 foul, which is good. But how does that count as a positive for only getting 11 points when he should have gotten 20 according to what you saw?

    Yeah, when Bynum is 24 he’ll be a monster. But right now he’s only 19 and the focus for this year should be his defense.

    I mean Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, when he first came to the Lakers in the 70’s, was a scoring machine. But the Lakers struggled until they got Magic Johnson. My point is that a scoring center doesn’t always translate into winning.

    One more time. Think DEFENSE when evaluating Bynum this year.

    Right around the corner we’re going to see the Bulls, the Clippers, the Jazz, the Nets, the Bucks, and the Jazz, again. This is where we see Bynum’s development.

    Until then…ease up on the praise. On the other hand if he does well in this stretch of games. I’ll join you in your praise.


  • I hope Smush gets his “mojo” back. In Lakers Fanland, we want Smush gone to the bench. I wonder if Phil benching Smush would get Smush to fight back to earn his starting job again. Seems like those reports (not naming here per se) else where of Smush working hard to improve in the offseason haven’t paid off.

    Thanks for the news as always Ross. :clap:

  • gdchild

    The league wasn’t aware of Bynum’s strong start. He isn’t in the ASG ballot. Now it’s up to us fans to write in for A Bomb to start the ASG.