There are only so many minutes any player can get in a given game and finding the balance can be the difference between winning and losing. But 3 different facts are converging on the Lakers in the coming weeks as Andrew Bynum looks to re-enter the rotation, giving PJ a difficult decision about his rotation:
1. Brown is going off this year, playing like a starter, maybe even an All-Star on any other team in the league. Efficient, energetic, deadly from outside. It is getting harder to deny that Brown is a different player this year and the Lakers are beginning to rely on him. This means he needs more minutes.
2. Drew's knee is healing. He adds a defensive presence in the post on both ends of the floor that recent games have shown the Lakers are in dire need of. Some think he's the future of the franchise. The Lakers are undoubtedly a better defensive team with him on the floor and having two 7 footers in your frontline is a recipe for a championship. This means he needs more minutes
3. The Laker offense is the best in the NBA. The ball movement is crisp and purposeful. The shooting is lights out. In 20 years of watching the Lakers, I have never seen the offense flow so well. You can tack a lot of this up to the play of Lamar Odom, who passes, defends and finishes perfectly within the triangle offense. He is a player that was made to be in PJ's system and it is working. This means he needs more minutes.
So my question is, when Drew gets healthy, who gets the minutes? Brown, Odom or Bynum?