Monday, January 07, 2008
Boom goes the Bynum
Remember when Laker fans wanted to trade not just Andrew Bynum for Jermaine O'Neal but Lamar Odom and Bynum for O'Neal. Oooops. That would have been a slightly more than minor trade blunder. Not to boast or anything, but I've been a self proclaimed Jermaine O'Neal hater for a while and am not surprised by the dip in his productivity nor his affinity for taking mid range jumpers only.
Bynum put up 23 and 13 rebounds last night in a 112-96 win over the Pacers, while O'Neal had a pedestrian 13 and 4. Maybe patience or in Mitch Kupchak land, inactivity, has paid dividends. Not much else to report from the Pacers game aside from, the Pacers are awful. I'm not even sure how they have 16 wins. They traded Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson, both of whom are thriving, for Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy (and Ike Diagu, who's a bust), who are white and that's about it. I guess when you take Stephen Jackson away from Jamaal Tinsley, you get less altercations at the club. Notice how I said less. Tinsley still found a way to be around gunshots, but with Jackson it could have been a lot worse. In Indiana, it's no longer about wins and losses, but more about not getting capped.
Speaking of being capped, is Larry Bird so untouchable that he's become immune to criticism. He's running that team into the ground and if you switch him with Isaiah Thomas, we'd hear a lot more about his mistakes. Of course Bird has yet to say "Fuck these white people."
I have all your CSUN basketball coverage: CSUN beats league favorite UC Santa Barbara and sits in first place in the Big West
As always, an updated Lakers +/- (through 32 games) Lakers: 21-11, 6th in West
Up Next: at Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday 5 p.m. PST KCAL