Doc Brown wrote:I don't know why people are still comparing Bynum vs. Howard. If we kept Bynum this year, WE DON'T HAVE A CENTER RIGHT NOW OR THIS SEASON.
To play devils advocate, the reason people bring this debate up is because Bynum at his best last year wasn't worthy to be handed the keys to the franchise. Hence he was dealt for someone who we thought was capable.
However, Howard's play right now, while decent, is a sideways step from Bynum's play last season and in some cases worse (FT%). That is not acceptable if he wants to lead a team to the promised land in the future; heck, it's arguable if his play right now can help us win the chip currently even when everyone is back.
He needs to step up. His effort and body language right now doesn't scream to me someone who is focused on winning the chip. To be fair, he isn't 100% healthy, but that's no excuse to let utah froncourt play like they did last night and the team be 9-12 at this point (something even the rudy t/mike brown lakers didn't accomplish).
He has to take a better leadership role, stop this smiling crap and play better. He needs to show he is willing to evolve his game to the heights needed to join the greats.
The lakers expected a franchise center to lead them in the future when they traded bynum for him; they didn't want another bynum back with worse freethrow shooting. If that's the case, then the lakers would be better tanking with bynum sitting out; they might as well get a head start looking for a person capable of leading the franchise, because howard as he is, even when healthy, is going to lead it nowhere once kobe is gone.