It’s time to stop protecting Andrew Bynum- the Lakers need throw him into the fire and see what they’ve got. By now everyone knows that last season the team’s belief in Bymun’s potential as a franchise center led them to pass up the opportunity to acquire Jason Kidd, drawing the ire of Kobe Bryant and contributing, at least in part, to his desire to leave the Lakers.
The Lakers’ front office made an executive decision and now the team has to live with it. It’s time they started living with it already! Bynum is entering his third season, he’s visibly bigger and stronger than last year, he showed some flashes of his potential last season and had a very impressive preseason this year. He wasn’t bad in his 19 minutes on Tuesday night either- just 4 points, but 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and no turnovers.
What are they waiting for? Name Andrew Bynum the starting center, start giving him some serious minutes and see what the kid can do. Not that it was a conscious decision at the time, but Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss indirectly chose Andrew Bynum over Kobe Bryant last season. Time to start living with that decision.