First off, tonight Bynum will have to square up against Dalembert who isn't bad defensively. Brand might slide over to cover him too. With his height and lenght, scoring shouldn't be a problem. Then again, if Bynum is involved early...it sets him up the rest of the game. The rebounding, the contests, the focus...all follow.
Sunday? Bynum will have to prove himself against a top notch defensive center in Perkins. If he gets going early against Perkins it will do wonders for his confidence and whet his appetite for the game in other aspects. Bynum can certainly score OVER Perkins with that long reach and touch. If he lets Perkins frustrate him in the post with his physical play and spends more time whining to the officials then he could end up being ineffective.
Nor can the Lakers get blamed for always making the right decisions over decades. At some point its not just luck or "gamble", its superior management and superior ownership.