Originally Posted by gts
no i don't.. i understand the knee may be giving him problems but that's no excuse for not trying...look at todays game he's active having a great game... he easily could have given the effort in other games..i don't care if he gets 0 rebounds and 0 points as long as he tries.. but in several games he just gave or gives zero effort for some reason.. the fact he can have a big game like today only reiforces my feelings that he sometimes mails it in
I dont agree with you that he's mailing it in at times, I really believe its all in his head, lets not forget this is the first playoff burn ever for Bynum. Add to that recovering from a knee injury and several months off. He had zero confidence and was on a short leash (still might be). Thats not easy for anyone to conquer let alone a 21 year old kid with no playoff experience. He is working his way through it. He could have just shriveled completely but I think game 7 shows you what kind of player he can be in the playoffs. He finally played with confidence and what a boost for the kid to deliver in his first game 7! I think Phil having confidence to put him out there in a game 7 gave him a needed confidence boost too.
This isnt your normal 4th year player GTS. Kid came in way over his head at just 17 years old and didnt grow up a basketball junkie like Kobe/Lebron/Garnett. HS to the NBA takes longer to grow up to an NBA player with the few exceptions I listed. add to that 2 knee injuries that cost him 60+ games over the past two seasons, and you could say he really has barely a year of NBA experience as a real NBA player. year 3 is when he truely started becoming an NBA player. 85 games and 75 starts over the past 2 years.
As much as we want him to succeed, we have to remember there is going to be a learning curve. Its all about confidence and staying healthy with Bynum. He was just starting to become a monster both last season and this season when his knee injury struck.
This is invaluable experience for the kid. He finally played with confidence in game 7 vs HOU. I think he can build upon it and give the Lakers meaningful minutes for the rest of the post season.