not to bring back a moot point, but just a few things regarding bynum i didn’t get a chance to say: i think the lakers are giving him too much credit. as much as i wish otherwise, bynum simply hasn’t given any indication that he has potential to become a franchise player or even a great player.
what appears to be overlooked is how little impact he has had in our last two championship series victories. so we didn’t have him in 08 and still we made it to the finals, albeit we lost. the following year we hardly had him/used him against orlando. it was pau gasol who neutralized and outplayed dwight howard. bynum was hardly a factor.
last year against the celtics, we made it to the finals largely without bynum in the middle rounds, and hardly utilized against the celtics in the series. sure he blocked shots and was a presence in the paint on the defensive end, but to think he was the deciding factor would be foolish. the kid has a huge body and has some skills, but his motivation is lacking, not to mention his susceptibility to injuries makes him more of a liability than a commodity. i think the lakers are foolish for not parting with him for carmelo. and if this is jim buss’ decision, and he is adamant on not trading him because he is enamored with his first ever selection without daddy’s consent, then i am reluctant to put my trust in that man.
fact of the matter is that bynum doesn’t even finish games, let alone become a big factor in their outcome. it is still kobe bryant’s team, and he, then pau gasol have the greatest influence on the outcome of games. these two guys are the biggest reasons why the lakers have won 2 out of the last 3 titles.
it’s too bad jerry buss is aging, and has given the keys to his son. for the sake of this franchise’s legacy, let’s hope he isn’t incompetent. though i already have some strong reservations about him. there will come a point where he needs to put emotions aside, and make sound basketball decisions. he needs to be able to say goodbye a hell of a lot easier than he says hello.
if i am jim buss, i trade bynum for melo. in 2 years i make a run at howard. currently, neither melo nor howard seem capable of carrying a franchise to a title. but together, the task becomes easier. that is not to say, however, that the logic behind trading bynum now is the hope of luring howard in the future. no, rather trading bynum for melo would add a strong, explosive scorer that it seems we lack at times. for all of his faults in not being a bona fide franchise player, melo is nevertheless a much greater player than andrew bynum, and i believe the lakers would offset their lack of (bynum’s) size by superior scoring through the addition of one of the best players in the league.
In two years we might look back on this golden opportunity and think of what could have been. But we shouldn't have to. Not when a player of this caliber is available now, and especially when the Lakers, in Bynum, have the most to offer the Nuggets in return. If this were Gasol, involved in the deal, then I would say absolutely no, for he's proven that his worth to this franchise is invaluable. But if you could land Melo by parting ways with a player who has had little impact and made small contributions to your team in the postseason the last several years, not jumping on such an opportunity is foolish in my estimation.