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Bynum says changes could come after road trip

Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:47 pm
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Andrew Bynum says changes could come for the Lakers after the Grammy's trip. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore

The Lakers are not their usual dominant selves. They're good, improving to 13-9 after a thumping of the Bobcats Tuesday night. But there is a prevailing sense that after losing Lamar Odom and some changes in roster through free agency as well as the new coaching regime, they are not the usual favorites. There was, of course, the Chris Paul trade which fell through, and rumors relating to Dwight Howard persist.

But there have been no changes. Yet.

ESPN spoke with Andrew Bynum, who says that depending on how the Grammy's trip goes, the Lakers may not be the same team when they get back from the six-gmae trip as they are when they get on the plane. From ESPN:
"If we do well on this, then we'll be the team we need to be," Andrew Bynum said. "If we don't, then they might start looking around."

Lakers coach Mike Brown confirmed reports that the team has been in touch with Gilbert Arenas, whose sole duties of late have been cashing the checks Orlando keeps sending his way after using the amnesty provision on the remainder of his contract. Arenas believes the Lakers want to see what type of shape he is in before making a commitment, according to a source.
via Daily Dime - ESPN.

The Lakers need to make a move. Kobe Bryant only has so many years left, even with his scoring output and spring in his knees. Pau Gasol's on the slide. They need to make one more run and set themselves up for the future. Bryant is owed $30 millions by the end of his contract, which means either the Lakers will be surrounding him with very little support, or a trade or amnesty will be in order to avoid death by luxury tax. Not even the Lakers can afford that kind of bill. The time is now. If they can't pull this team into a position to look like the unbeatable team it's seemed in the past four seasons (despite the epic meltdown in the second round last year vs. eventual champion Dallas), they need to face the reality and make a move. They'll always have leverage as the most popular place to play. They need to exert it. 

Arenas has been talked about for a week now. He's not going to come in and be the difference maker, though. He can produce, and have some scoring nights. Certainly having a limited role will help. But his body simply can't give what the Habachi used to cook up.

That said, the Lakers' trip only includes one legitimate contender in Denver, with the Celtics' slide and Philadelphia still largely untested. There's a good chance they rack up the wins, puff up the record, and settle in for the long wait till the trade deadline. Then, no matter how well the team is doing, the Dwight Howard scenario will be in full effect, and the drama will only get louder in Hollywood. 

(HT: SLAMOnline.com)
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:31 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

Does anyone realize that Derek Fisher, who is not good, outperformed Arenas last year?  AST-TO ration TWICE as good. Shot better.  Shot better from 3.  Even this year he's playing better than Arenas did last year.  That should scare some people.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:26 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

Are you serious?  Arenas putup good numbers last year and has big upside?  He has no upside.  He has downside.  He'll never be what he was, much less better than he was.  Last year he shot often and shot horribly.  His AST-TO ratio was horrible.  He threw up bricks from 3.  He did absolutely nothing well, and that doesn't even touch the matador defense. 

What good numbers and big upside are you talking about?



Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:49 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

Not sure what the Lakers are waiting on with Arenas.  It's a no-brainer when it comes to signing him.  He put up good numbers last year and has big upside.  He's 30 years old!  Plus they're signing him at the veterans minimum.  If he starts disrupting the locker room chemistry, he can be cut easily. 

Instead, the Lakers are holding on to Darius Morris, Andrew Goudelock, and Derek Caracter.  Makes no sense. 


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Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:57 pm
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Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:16 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

 Celtic Fan I would just shut my mouth B4 you embarass yourself any more, And by the Way The4 Giants are goint to WIPE the Grass with the Pats, Brady is going to go down by the 3RD QTR!!



Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:14 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

What do you expect froma Band  Wagon Heat Fan LOL! I hear Lebron coughing , OH no its just him CHOCKING AGAIN!



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

LMAO, its over lamers...



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

"they are not the usual favorites"  ... Ya think?  LOL   6th,7th, or 8th place team ... 1st round exit.  STUCK with these players for the next 2 seasons as well.  Enjoy

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Sounds like a typical Celt fan. Your team is doing well.....run out of bengay?

Don't count the Lakers out yet. Feel this, Lakers go further than the senior citizens known as the Celdicks.....



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

"they are not the usual favorites"  ... Ya think?  LOL   6th,7th, or 8th place team ... 1st round exit.  STUCK with these players for the next 2 seasons as well.  Enjoy



Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:53 pm
 

Bynum says changes could come after road trip

Don't play Fisher more then 10-12 min a game they need to start "anyone" over him. I respect what he has done in the past and mabee i keep him as a reserve and good practice player and bench leader. They can also bring him in on offence with seconds remaining to take a open three when all eyes are on Kobe.



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