Los Angeles Lakers: If Andrew Bynum Plays Tough, No One Can Stop Them

There has been a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Lakers trading Andrew Bynum for someone like Dwight Howard.  He has also been shuttled off to New Jersey, Houston, the Knicks and who knows how many other teams, at least theoretically.

Today, a Los Angeles sports talk station had Bynum going for Deron Williams.  This is like Superman's Bizarro World where everything is turned upside down.

Why in the world would the biggest man in basketball be traded for a point guard?  Why isn't Bynum more valuable to the Lakers? 

Sure, he has had his share of 20-20 games and plays alongside ball-hog supreme, Kobe Bryant.  But, he should have his 40-point days too.  He should inflict pain on the opposition and strike fear in their feeble hearts.

Bynum's immediate future and that of the Lakers rests in the Big Man's hands, which seemingly have been soft and cuddly rather than firm and powerful.

In an NBA world where the dunk is heralded, where 6' 3" guards fly high to the hoop and wild, monstrous dunks by Griffin and LeBron are replayed every hour on the sports channels, you rarely, if ever, see a Bynum dunk. 

You rarely, if ever, see Bynum powering to the basket, shrugging off players and pounding the ball down with the full force of his massive body.

Physically,  at 7', 285 lbs. Bynum dwarfs 99.9 percent of the league.  The NBA has no real centers any more, except for Howard and Bynum.  Don't say Marc Gasol on Memphis or Tyson Chandler of the Knicks or Kendrick Perkins of the Thunder.  Most centers today are what power forwards were years ago. 

None of these guys should be able to match up with Bynum's girth and height.  Yet he never shows that power in a game.  If he did, it would be game over. 

The closest he has come to a physical act was against a guy half his size last year in the Western Con...

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