puffyusaf#2 wrote:gcclaker wrote:^@Puff...I believe the savvy Laker posters here worth their salt were AWARE of Bynum's better offensive game. Our concern then lie with his nagging knee issues and whether he was content being third on the hierarchy. I for one enjoyed Bynum's nasty disposition as opposed to someone who had a court jester approach to his opponents. I mean, who the hell asks their competitor across from them to smile?
for sure. My issue with Bynum was his knees but also his lack of defensive concern for most of his early career. He had the timing to be an amazing defender. He also lacked the will to get rebounds. Remember that stretch of games where he had like 3 rebounds total? I always thought Drew had a bigger upside and a true will to win. Dwight on the other hand wants to be the class clown. He says stuff like I smile that is me. You know Magic smiled a lot.... He also did what it took to win A LOT. Howard doesn't have that at all.
Unfortunately, Bynum was more focused on offense than we was with other facets of the game, but lets not take away that Bynum was a superior anchor for us. Many blamed him for the pick and roll defense, or lack thereof, but when 99% of the time it was the defensive rotation of just lack of effort from the man getting picked - evidence taking a defensive presence like Dwight and STILL seeing the same type of defensive issues.
I still think Bynum was a better one on one defender than Dwight, and arguably better at blocking shots because he actually kept the play alive, no need to send it to the rafters.
Bynum's knees were his fault though, and we made the right choice in going after Dwight.