6 May 2010 – Andrew Bynum (and his Haters) (or, why trade for Chris Bosh?!?)
Some Andrew Bynum-related scribbles for today:
- Despite a painful partially-torn meniscus on his right knee, Andrew Bynum improved his performance from Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals series.
- Granted, he’s matched up against a totally useless Kyrylo Fesenko, so you could argue that anyone would thrive with that kind of competition.
- Despite playing through the discomfort, what do you get from some of these muppets who call themselves “Lakers fans” but more calls for Bynum’s head because he’s “injury-prone”?
- I say these misguided, idiotic “Lakers fans” are all clueless; they don’t really understand basketball. They think they do, but they really don’t.
I have to say that I’m one of the apparently few people who would declare themselves Andrew Bynum fans. When I watch him, I can’t help but admire his ability to play with his back to the basket, his deft footwork, his sheer size and length, and his still-growing physical power. He’s got excellent instincts, especially when you remember that the young guy didn’t really learn the game of basketball until he was about fifteen years old. And he’s only twenty two right now!
Seven years playing the game, and he’s already the starting center for arguably pro basketball’s greatest franchise ever!
The mental midgets who accuse Bynum of being injury-prone conveniently forget that his first two big injuries to his knees were purely a result of accidents involving his teammates. In 2008, Bynum dislocated his left kneecap when he accidentally landed on Lamar Odom’s foot on a rebound; the following year, Kobe Bryant fell onto Bynum’s right leg, which resulted in torn knee ligaments. If someone else landed the same exact way on Lamar Odom’s foot, or if Kobe rolled into someone else’s leg the exact same way, don’t you think those people would have been injured the way Bynum was?
Insofar as those two specific injuries are concerned, which shortened those two NBA seasons for Bynum, Drew was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Accidents happen when you play sports; the only way to avoid getting those injuries is to not have been there at those specific times.
Luck was not Bynum’s friend as far as those two specific injuries are concerned.
This year’s litany of injuries (strained Achilles tendon, torn meniscus) is not as serious as his two big knee injuries cited above, so why the non-thinking idiot “fans” (I refuse to call them real fans because of my sheer intolerance for idiots) once again clamoring to trade Bynum for, say, Chris Bosh (who conveniently was at courtside during Game 2 against the Jazz) is incomprehensible from every angle.
For one thing, it’s swapping a good center for a good power forward. In my book, centers are far more valuable than power forwards. The Lakers actually have two very good ones already in the books; why pay for another one and lose a good center in the process?
Another consideration is that Bosh is going to be a free agent once this season is over. So we can deduce some things quite easily at this point:
- He’s going to ask for a “max” contract.
- His current team, the Toronto Raptors, is not a big NBA market and will therefore have difficulties paying for Bosh’s services.
- Bosh has already indicated he wants to leave Toronto, refusing to sign a simple contract extension in the past.
In other words, Bosh will be a very expensive addition to any team that acquires his services.
Defensively speaking, I think Bosh is inferior simply because he’s smaller. The Lakers are forever being tagged as being “soft.” Why give away your only legitimate starting-caliber low-post defender for a smaller player who’s not as strong, not as long, not as heavy?
Now explain to me why Bosh would be attractive to the Lakers, short-term or even long-term?
Too expensive, for sure. He’ll be more expensive than Bynum is on his contract, so in terms of value for money it’s very difficult to justify. Will you tell Jerry Buss that YOU will pay Bosh’s max contract for him? I didn’t think so.
Sure, Bosh has good statistics, but did you ever stop to think about WHY he’s got such good numbers? He’s the number 1 option on his current team, so of course it’s only logical he’d have good stats next to his name. Do you think he’d produce as much if he was a Laker, with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol sure to be ahead of him in the pecking order? Since he rarely plays close to the basket (certainly not like Bynum does), I don’t think he would be more efficient than Bynum is on offense.
Plus there’s the related fact that he plays power forward. The Lakers have Gasol and Lamar Odom 1 and 2 on their power forward depth chart (Gasol is #2 at the center position, even though he’s #1 during end games owing to Bynum’s youth – and therefore Phil Jackson’s decision to sit Bynum during the end of games). Do you think someone on a max contract will want to be anything less than #1 at his position? I suppose Gasol will play out of his position and move over to center, but that would necessarily mean that you’re reducing HIS effectiveness by shifting him out of his natural position.
Taking your second-best player out of his comfort zone and natural playing position just to accommodate a more highly-paid player playing his same position makes a whole lot of sense, yes?
(In case you’re a midget-minded idiot muppet, that last question was supposed to be sarcastic.)
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Basketball is still a game of big men. A good big man is a huge asset, and a great big man is only more so. Bynum, as young and inexperienced he still is, is already a good center; in my opinion, he has true potential to become a truly great center (better than Shaq, I’d dare say) and can become that if he works really hard at his craft, has good coaching and responds to it, and is lucky as far as health is concerned. I believe he can be the best center of his generation (better than Dwight Howard, who is a better physical specimen perhaps but is a lesser basketball player).
So why does he have so many haters amongst the Laker fanbase?
(Why not hate on that idiot Jordan Farmar instead, for instance, who is totally useless? I digress, but I’ll slam him hard later.)
Answer me logically, please, so I can understand the hater point of view.