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Old 10-08-2006, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default Andrew Bynum Is Probably Going To Be The Back-Up Center.

http://www.pe.com/sports/basketball/...6.3b2fb1d.html


Still New Kid on This Block


Broderick Turner


10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 5, 2006


EL SEGUNDO - When Von Wafer drove to the basket and had his shot rejected by Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown yelled, "Yeah 'Drew, get that (shot)!"

If Bynum is to find a steady role with the Lakers this season, defense likely will be his ticket.

Bynum won't turn 19 until Oct. 27, and his body still is developing, but he has grown an inch to 7-foot-1 and has the long arms to be a good shot-blocker.

"I'm playing defense a lot better, which I think surprised a lot of people," Bynum said after practice Thursday. "My offense, I'm working on that, but I'm just focused on playing defense and getting rebounds, and I'm doing that pretty well."

Bynum didn't play much last year as a rookie, but that could all change early this season.

Chris Mihm had right ankle surgery in July, hasn't been able to practice and has no timetable for his return. That could leave Bynum backing up Brown at center.

"I knew Chris had his surgery in late summer, so I prepared for the back-up center role," Bynum said.

Kobe Bryant walked past Bynum, grabbed his biceps and joked, "Look at that boy. He's eating all my pancakes. He's getting bigger."

Actually, 15 pounds bigger.

"I lost a lot of baby fat and then gained some muscle," Bynum said. "I feel stronger. My initial off-the-block, as far as getting up and down the court, is better from all the squats I was doing. I'm able to contest shots that I couldn't get to last year."


New Ball? Who Cares?


For the first time in 35 years, the NBA has introduced a new basketball, and it has caused an outcry from many players. But not in Lakersland.

Bryant and Lamar Odom both noticed the difference between the old leather ball and the new microfiber composite ball, and both like the old ball better. The new ball apparently is especially slippery, and even more so when wet.

But Bryant and Odom grew up playing on the playgrounds and don't see what the big deal is.

"It's just a ball," Bryant said. "Growing up, I played with all kinds of balls. I rolled up tape and used tape as a basketball. I played with a sock. I think I can play with this one."

Odom said it's possible that an early-season game will be lost because a player loses his grip on a slick ball. But he wasn't too worried.

"For guys like me who had to play in the park and shovel snow (and) played with a handball, a tennis ball," Odom said, "it doesn't make a difference."


More Lakers Notes


Assistant coach Kurt Rambis said Coach Phil Jackson was home feeling well and walking with a cane after undergoing right hip replacement surgery Tuesday. "He's more upright, too, which is probably something hard to believe," Rambis joked. "Now he's, like, 7-foot-5. Naw, he's doing well."

Smush Parker was back practicing after taking off Wednesday because of a sprained shoulder.


Reach Broderick Turner at bturner@PE.com


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Old 10-08-2006, 06:37 PM   #2
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Jesus!!

Now we got a 300 lb backup center that is very active and hyper on the court.

once again, shaq will mourn the day he gets dunked on and knocked down.

(the first dunk on shaq was a juke-out)
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Old 10-08-2006, 06:44 PM   #3
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Jesus!!

Now we got a 300 lb backup center that is very active and hyper on the court.

once again, shaq will mourn the day he gets dunked on and knocked down.

(the first dunk on shaq was a juke-out)


That's going to be one hell of a Christmas game. Shaq vrs. Bynum Kobe vrs. Wade and a stronger Laker team vrs. an older Heat team that are da defending champs.
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Old 10-08-2006, 06:49 PM   #4
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I remember when devean george hit those 2 late threes to tie us.

I kinda miss that from george, he kinda gets it going when he need him most.

like the phoenix series in game 4.
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Old 10-08-2006, 07:48 PM   #5
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Can't wait. I hope Andrew gets some playing time so we can actually see what this kid can do.
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Old 10-08-2006, 09:05 PM   #6
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Jesus!!

Now we got a 300 lb backup center that is very active and hyper on the court.

once again, shaq will mourn the day he gets dunked on and knocked down.

(the first dunk on shaq was a juke-out)

What an interesting thought?? Maybe Bynum will want some revenge on Shaq for that ***** shove Shaq did against him last year.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:22 AM   #7
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What an interesting thought?? Maybe Bynum will want some revenge on Shaq for that ***** shove Shaq did against him last year.

lol and why stop there? DUNK ON HIM EVERY SINGLE TIME U TOUCH THE BALL!!!!

OHHH BAAABBYYYY!!!

*panting*

ehem...sorry
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:15 AM   #8
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lol and why stop there? DUNK ON HIM EVERY SINGLE TIME U TOUCH THE BALL!!!!

OHHH BAAABBYYYY!!!

*panting*

ehem...sorry

Easy there buddy

I'd love to see Bynum run Shaq ragged though, he could cherry pick over Shaq all night. I'd bet Andrew could go the full length of the court and back in the time it takes the "Big CompanyTime" to go half that far... after 3 or 4 possessions Shaq will be begging for a sub.
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:19 AM   #9
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Easy there buddy ......
. after 3 or 4 possessions Shaq will be begging for a sub.


Or begging mercy from Bynum!!!
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Old 10-09-2006, 03:42 AM   #10
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Or begging mercy from Bynum!!!

Please Socks... DON'T HURT 'EM!

ROFL
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Or begging mercy from Bynum!!!

I have a lot of hope for Bynum not only for having my sons name but like Kobe one of the youngest and because of the rule change DA youngest! to be drafted he like Kobe said he would only play for the Laker's is the reason why he was drafted at the tenth spot. He could have been drafted sooner the laker's were ready to make a trade for the Fourth or fifth spot just to get him.
Getting him was the plan all year long!! Sad to say like the Spurs got Duncan the Laker's threw the season just to get this kid!! I was pissed when the Spur's did it but because what Shaq did and picking up Brian Grant worthless contract we had no choice. And the Laker's knew that this kid has a chance to become something in the NBA Like they knew Kobe was!!!
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Old 10-09-2006, 04:46 AM   #12
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10:00 PM PDT on Thursday, October 5, 2006


Kobe Bryant walked past Bynum, grabbed his biceps and joked, "Look at that boy. He's eating all my pancakes. He's getting bigger."

Actually, 15 pounds bigger.

"I lost a lot of baby fat and then gained some muscle," Bynum said. "I feel stronger. My initial off-the-block, as far as getting up and down the court, is better from all the squats I was doing. I'm able to contest shots that I couldn't get to last year"

Drew after being drafted 10th last year went on a serious diet dropping all that excessive weight right before the start of the season really amazed me that he did it in such a little time frame, that was just alot of sheer determination on his part. Well so it's easy to say that this year I wasn't all that surprised w/Andrew getting rid of what little fat he had remaining and turning it into some muscle it was expected of him: props to AB it's all good.
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Old 10-09-2006, 04:56 AM   #13
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NOW GET IN THERE AND DUNK SOME BALLS

(ok i think that almost sounded wrong but ill let it go)
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Dam I can not wait for the frigging season to start!!!! I have had high hopes for Socks since he was drafted!!! PLEASE GOD HAVE PHIL GIVE BIG BABY BYNUM A DECENT CHANCE THIS SEASON THANK YOU GOD THATíS ALL!!!

Dose it bug anyone else that opening night has to be on Halloween? I think Iím going to pull a fast one and turn off all the lights but the porch one and put a big @$$ empty bowl out that says ďtake one pleaseĒ that way when people come up they will assume that I went out and that the candy I left was already taken. All the while Iím in my living room (farthest room from the front door) in shear darkness watching the Lakers put a spanking on the Suns.
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