Kobe Bryant 8 wrote:I think to fully maximize Bynum's play (and to justify the contract) we need to run him more with Odom. I'm ONLY talking about in the first quarter and the third. When the game really matters of course Pau will play, but I think we can all agree Bynum plays best with Odom on the floor.
Sub Pau out, bring in Lamar. Sub out Bynum minutes later, bring in Pau again. Getting Andrew going early seems to get him into the game MUCH more. There are times he barely does a thing before going to the bench.
What we really need is for Pau to get healthy from his hamstring injuries.
So far, this season, he's resembled a 2nd center instead of a PF. His jumper hasn't been as good as last season, and he hasn't driven to the basket as much either. This is not good for spacing.
If anybody should consider coming off the bench for part of the regular season, it might be Pau, especially if his body needs rest from all the competition he's had over the last 2 1/2 years. We need him to win a championship, and I think it would be wise to preserve him on the bench until until mid-March. We've proven that we can win in the regular season with LO and Bynum, we just need to get to the postseason healthy. The prospect that Pau might have an injury that could take him out for the postseason is starting to worry me.